George Keith, (4th or) 5th Earl Marischal was born 1553 in Scotland, United Kingdom to William Keith, Master of Marischal (-1580) and Elizabeth Hay (-) and died 1623 of unspecified causes. He married Margaret Home (c1565-1598) 4 February 1581 JL . He married Margaret Ogilvy (-) 1599 .


(Not checked yet)


George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal was a Scottish nobleman and Earl Marischal. He succeeded as earl on 7 October 1581, upon the death of his grandfather, William Keith, 4th Earl Marischal.


Described as one of the most important and powerful men of his day in Scotland, he was sent as ambassador to Denmark in 1589 to negotiate the marriage of King James VI of Scotland to Anne of Denmark. He founded the Marischal College in Aberdeen in 1593 and was Royal commissioner to the Parliament of Scotland in 1609. He rebuilt his family seat of Keith Marischal in 1589, and also constructed new buildings at Dunnottar Castle.


He married firstly (c.Feb 1581) Margaret, the daughter of Alexander Home, 5th Lord Home, by whom he had:


Offspring of George Keith and Margaret Home (c1565-1598)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Keith, 6th Earl Marischal (c1585-1635) 1585 28 October 1635 Mary Erskine (-1648)
Anne Keith (bef1589-1648) 1589 30 May 1649 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom William Douglas, 7th Earl of Morton (1582-1648)
Margaret Keith (-)
Mary Keith (-)

He married secondly (c.1599), Margaret Ogilvy or Ogilvie, daughter of James Ogilvy, 6th Lord Ogilvy of Airlie, by whom he had:

  • James Keith of Benholm, who had no male issue.
  • John Keith who had no issue. lists those two but giving them no names; citation is BP2003 volume 2, page 2195. Genealogics, however, listing five sources, gives the Margaret Ogilvy marriage two additional though childless children - Alexander christened in 1611 and Mary dying in 1620 - and gives John a daughter.


Offspring of George Keith and Margaret Ogilvy (-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
James Keith of Benholm (-)
Alexander Keith (c1611-)
John Keith (-)
Mary Keith (-1620)

He appears to have had a productive liaison with a third woman: shows daughters Margaret and Elizabeth, but Wikipedia and Genealogics show Margaret as daughter of Margaret Home, which we follow here. However, Elizabeth's dates are problematical; thePeerage says she was married to Alexander Irvine of Drum in 1552. Geni is another site that shows William's daughter Elizabeth marrying Irvine - A query has been posted to the managers of each site.


Offspring of George Keith and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Keith (-)


Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
2 Wedding 2
  • Wikipedia

Robin Patterson


  • A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire, Sir Bernard Burke, 1883.
  • "Keith, George, fourth Earl Marischal". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/15263.  (subscription or UK public library membership required)
Assembly seats
Preceded by
The Duke of Lennox
Lord High Commissioner
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Hamilton
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
William Keith
Earl Marischal
Succeeded by
William Keith
This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.