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 The Name Keith comes from a warrior whom Malcolm II dubbed Camus Slayer after the Scottish warrior slew the Danish General Camus at the Battle of Barrie in 1010. This warrior later held the lands of Keth in Lothian and thus the origin of the modern name Keith. 

A Keith was made Marischal of the King of Scots in 1176. The Marischal, was custodian of the Royal regalia and protected the King at Parliament. The Bruce also made the office of Marischal hereditary to the Keiths in 1324 in recognition of Sir Robert de Keth, cavalry commander at the Battle of Bannockburn.

The 3rd Lord Keith was raised to Earl Marischal in 1458. During the reformation the 7th Earl was imprisoned in the Tower of London until the restoration. The King then appointed him Privy Councilor and  Lord Privy Seal as a reward for hiding the Honours of Scotland (Scottish crown jewels) on Keith lands for safekeeping. 

The Keith family supported the Jacobite cause in the 1715 and '45 uprisings and forfeited their lands. The 14th Earl of Kintore resides on the Keith Hall estate in Aberdeenshire.

 

 

 

 

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