John Mackenzie, 5th Earl of Cromartie

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The Earl of Cromartie
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Personal details
John Ruaridh Blunt Grant Blunt-Mackenzie[1]

(1948-06-12) June 12, 1948 (age 71)
Spouse(s)Helen Murray
Janet Claire Harley
ParentsRoderick Grant Francis Mackenzie, 4th Earl of Cromartie
ResidenceCastle Leod
Known forChief of Clan Mackenzie

John Ruaridh Grant Mackenzie, 5th Earl of Cromartie (born 12 June 1948) is a Scottish engineer and peer. He is the current chief of Clan Mackenzie.[1][2]

He is the only child of Roderick Mackenzie, 4th Earl of Cromartie and his second wife, Olga Laurence.[1]

He was educated at Rannoch School, Perthshire and at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, and registered as a Member of the Institution of Explosives Engineers (M.I.Exp.E.) as an explosives engineer.[1]

He has held the position of Chief of Clan Mackenzie since 1980, wrote the book Selected Climbs in Skye, published in 1982. He succeeded to the titles of 5th Baron Castlehaven, of Castlehaven, 5th Viscount Tarbat, of Tarbat, 5th Baron MacLeod of Castle Leod, and 5th Earl of Cromartie on 13 December 1989.

The seat of the Earl is at Castle Leod, Strathpeffer, Ross-shire.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Cromartie married firstly Helen Murray, daughter of John Murray, a steelworker at Lanarkshire, in 1973, and divorced in 1983, by whom he had an only son, Kenneth Mackenzie, who died in infancy (19 January 1980 – 6 March 1980).[1]

He married secondly Janet Clare Harley, daughter of Christopher James Harley of Strathpeffer, Ross-shire, in 1985. They have two sons:[1]

  • Colin Ruaridh Mackenzie, Viscount Tarbat (7 September 1987)
  • Hon. Alasdair Kenelm Stuart Mackenzie (6 December 1989)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 977. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ "Mackenzie chief and wife part company". Ross-shire Journal. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Roderick Mackenzie
Earl of Cromartie
Heir apparent:
Colin Mackenzie, Viscount Tarbat