Ian Keith, 12th Earl of Kintore

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James Ian Keith, 12th Earl of Kintore (25 July 1908 – 1 October 1989), known as The Viscount Stonehaven between 1941 and 1974, was a Scottish peer and nobleman.

Keith was the son of John Baird, 1st Viscount Stonehaven and Sydney Keith-Falconer, 11th Countess of Kintore. Born James Ian Baird, he changed his name from Baird to Keith by Interlocutor of the Lyon Court 28 June 1967. He worked as a labourer in Britain and Canada in his youth. He succeeded his father in the viscountcy of Stonehaven in 1941. During the Second World War, he joined the Royal Marine Engineers and rose to the rank of major. He lived in South Africa from 1947 to 1952, when he returned to manage the family estate at Rickarton. In 1974, he succeeded his mother as twelfth Earl of Kintore.

Lord Kintore married Delia Virginia Loyd in 1935. They had three children:[1]

  • Lady Diana Elizabeth Virginia Sydney Baird (born 1937); married John Francis Holman of Rickarton, OBE.
    • Richard Ian Holman-Baird of Ury and Lochwood (b. 1958); married firstly, in 1985, Sarah Wood (d. 1987) and had one child, Louise Sarah Holman (b. 1986). Married secondly, in 1996, Polly Sophia Thomson and had two children, Angus John Holman-Baird (b. 1997) and Amelia Jo Holman-Baird (b. 1998).
    • Edward Alexander Holman (b. 1960); had issue.
    • Georgina Mary Holman (b. 1962); married in 1989 Charles Stirrup and had issue.
    • Emma Charlotte Holman (b. 1966); married in 1990 Ben Charles Cole and had issue.
  • Michael Canning William John Keith, 13th Earl of Kintore (1939–2004); married Mary Plum, daughter of Squadron Leader Elisha Gaddis Plum.
    • James William Falconer Keith, 14th Earl of Kintore (b. 1976)
    • Lady Iona Delia Mary Gaddis Keith (b. 1978)
  • The Hon. Alexander David Baird (b. 1946)


  1. ^ The Peerage, p. 17301. Accessed 3 January 2015.

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Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Ethel Sydney Keith-Falconer
Earl of Kintore
Succeeded by
Michael Keith
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Baird
Viscount Stonehaven
Succeeded by
Michael Keith