John Keith, 1st Earl of Kintore
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Sir John Keith, 1st Earl of Kintore (died 1714) was a Scottish nobleman.
In 1651 Keith with his nephew William Keith, 7th Earl Marischal held Dunnottar Castle against Oliver Cromwell's forces. The Honours of Scotland had been placed at Dunnottar for safety during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, and Robert Overton, commanding a force of the New Model Army besieged the Castle hoping to recover them.
While the regalia was smuggled out of the castle to be hidden at Kinneff Parish church, Keith boarded ship for France, and was captured on his return by the parliamentarians. Keith insisted that he had delivered them to Charles II. The regalia remained at Knneff until the Restoration.
He was created Knight Marischal of Scotland upon Charles II return, and in 1677 was created Earl of Kintore along with the subsidiary title of Lord Keith of Inverugie and Keith Hall. Between 1684-87 Kintore was Treasurer-depute of Scotland. He was Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland in 1689. Lord Kintore was a supporter of both the Glorious Revolution and the 1707 Acts of Union.
Lord Kintore died in 1715.
Marriage and issue
- William Keith, 2nd Earl of Kintore
- Lady Jean Keith, married Sir William Forbes, 2nd Baronet of Monymusk
- Lady Margaret Keith, married Gavin Hamilton of Raploch
- Balfour Paul, vol v,p241
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