Elizabeth Douglas of Morton 1488 - 1527

Robert Lord Keith 1483 - 1513.(See Notes)


Lady Elizabeth "Beatrice" Douglas 1488 - 1527

Lady Elizabeth, commonly referred to as Beatrice, Douglas, was the eldest daughter of John Douglas, 2nd Earl of Morton, and his wife, Janet Crichton. She is believed to have been born in 1488 in Morton, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
She is the sister of James Douglas, the third Earl of Morton, Richard Douglas, and Agnes Douglas, Lady Livingston.
Furthermore, she was married to Robert Keith, Lord Keith and Master of Marischal, the son and heir of William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal, and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Gordon. The couple was married in Morton, Dumfries-shire, Scotland on January 8, 1506. At this time, a charter was issued to her and her husband for the lands of Laidacht and Mulboy in the parish of Skene, and Auchincloich, Auchrynie, Auchorsk.
Elizabeth died, about May 1527 after about age 39 in Dunottar, Kincardineshire, Scotland.
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Robert Lord Keith 1483 - 1513. "Master of Marischal" 

Robert Keith, was born 1483 in Dunnottar, Kincardineshire, Scotland, the second son of William Keith, 2nd Earl of Marischal and Lady Elizabeth Gordon.
Robert Keith was styled as "Lord Keith, Master of Marischal." Robert never became the 3rd Earl of Marischal because he died before his father, and that title went to his son, William.
Lord Keith was involved in the Battle at Flodden field on 9 September 1513. This battle was when King Henry VIII of England's northern army under Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, annihilated the invading Scots army near Branxton, Northumberland. Among the more than 10,000 dead was James IV King of Scotland. His infant son would succeed him as James V King of Scotland and the queen, Margaret Tudor, would assume the regency. It is believed that Lord Keith, also died on this day.
The date of Lord Keith's death is highly disputed. While some biographers report that he died in the battle at Flodden Field, in 1513, others, including Sir James Balfour Paul's "Scots Peerage" have him still alive after April 5, 1514. notes that he died some time between 24 August 1524 and 22 April 1525, while another source indicates "He was definitely alive on 10/10/1518, when he gave consent to a charter by his father Earl William to his younger brother Gilbert, of the lands of Troupe.
Other sources say that he died on 24 Aug 1525 at about age 42 in Northumberland, England
Based on the information provided in the Wiki Tree.


Elizabeth and Robert had six children:

1483: Robert, appointed Abbot of Deer in 1543 and died 12 June 1551 in Paris leaving an illegitimate son.
1505: Christian, married after 1529, as his second wife, Robert Arbuthnott of Arbuthnott, she died after 12 July 1553 (date of her testament).
1506: William, who succeeded his grandfather as 4th Earl Marischal.
1514: Janet, married 6 February 1542/1543, John Lyon, 7th Lord Glamis, and died after 24 November 1559 having had issue.
1515: Elizabeth, married (contract issued 27 March 1530), George Gordon, 4th Earl of Huntly, and died after 22 October 1562 having had issue.
1518: Beatrice (or Alice), married (papal dispensation 15 June 1534), Alexander Fraser, son and heir of Alexander Fraser, 7th of Philorth (died 1564), she died after 26 March 1576 (date of her testament).

Earl Marischal of Scotland

Coat of Arms of the Earl Marischal

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The office of Marischal of Scotland (or Marascallus Scotie or Marscallus Scotiae) had been hereditary, held by the senior member and Chief of Clan Keith, since Hervey (Herveus) de Keith, who held the office of Marischal under Malcolm IV and William I. The descendant of Herveus, Sir Robert de Keith (d.1332), was confirmed in the office of Great Marischal of Scotland by King Robert the Bruce around 1324.
Robert de Keith's great-grandson, William, was raised to the Peerage as Earl Marischal by James II in about 1458. The peerage died out when George Keith, the 10th Earl, forfeited it by joining the Jacobite Rising of 1715.
The role of the Marischal was to serve as custodian of the Royal Regalia of Scotland, and to protect the king's person when attending parliament. The former duty was fulfilled by the 7th Earl during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, who hid them at Dunnottar Castle. The role of regulation of heraldry carried out by the English Earl Marshal is carried out in Scotland by the Lord Lyon King of Arms.
The separate office of Knight Marischal was first created for the Scottish coronation of King Charles I in 1633. The office is not heritable, although it has been held by members of the Keith family.
The title was forfeited in 1715, due to the last Earl's participation in the Jacobite Rising.

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