Viscount of Arbuthnott

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Viscountcy of Arbuthnott
Coronet of a British Viscount.svg
Arms of Viscount Arbuthnott
Creation date 16 November 1641
Monarch King Charles I
Peerage Peerage of Scotland
First holder Robert Arbuthnott
Present holder Keith Arbuthnott, 17th Viscount of Arbuthnott
Heir apparent Christopher Keith Arbuthnott, Master of Arbuthnott
Remainder to the 1st Viscount's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten.
Subsidiary titles Lord Inverbervie
Chief of the Name and Arms of Arbuthnott

Viscount of Arbuthnott is a title in the Peerage of Scotland. It was created in 1641, along with the subsidiary title Lord Inverbervie, for Sir Robert Arbuthnot.

The Viscount of Arbuthnott is the hereditary chief of Clan Arbuthnott.

At the time of the 16th Viscount's death in 2012, the family held the genealogical record of being one of an unbroken male line living in the same spot for more than 800 years. Around 1188 William the Lion granted ancestor Hugh de Swinton the lands of Arbuthnott, where the family estate and clan association headquarters remains to this day.[1]

All Scottish viscounts have 'of' in their titles, contrary to English viscounts who are styled simply 'Viscount X'. However, most Scottish viscounts have now adopted the English practice; only the Viscount of Arbuthnott and, to a lesser extent, the Viscount of Oxfuird, continue to use 'of'.

The family seat is Arbuthnott House, Arbuthnott, near Inverbervie in Kincardineshire.

Coat of arms[edit]

The heraldic blazon for the Viscount's arms is Azure a crescent between three mullets argent. This can be translated as a blue shield containing a silver crescent with three silver stars around it. The supporters are two green wyverns, and the crest is a peacock's head. The motto is Laus Deo meaning 'Praise God'.

Viscounts of Arbuthnott (1641)[edit]

Coat of Arms of the Viscounts of Arbuthnott (see details)

The heir apparent is the present holder's only son, the Hon. Christopher Keith Arbuthnott, Master of Arbuthnott (b. 1977).

The heir apparent's heir apparent is his only son, Alexander Nicholas Keith Arbuthnott (b. 2007).


  1. ^ "Obituary: The Viscount of Arbuthnott". The Herald. 20 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Early family tree
  3. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (1999). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage (106th ed.). Crans, Switzerland. p. 99. ISBN 1-57958-083-1. 
  4. ^ Scots Peerage, I, p. 313-4
  • Bing, Hon Mrs Christy (1999). The Lairds of Arbuthnott. Agnate Press. ISBN 0-9535923-0-8. 

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