Earl o Mar

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The Mormaer or Earl o Mar is the name o several peerages o Scotland. The first ane wis oreeginally the provincial ruler o the province o Mar in north-eastren Scotland. First attestit in the year 1014[1], the "family seat" eventually became Kildrummy Castle, although ither sites like Doune o Invernochty wur initially juist as important.

The title evolved intae a peerage title, an wis made particularly famous bi John Erskine, 23rd Earl o Mar who wis an important Jacobite military leader durin the 1715 Jacobite risin.

Awin tae a nineteent-century dispute, there are currently twa Earls o Mar, housomeivver the Earldom o Kellie shared the title o Mar due tae a mistake an misunnerstandin atween the richts tae the title, James Thorne Erskine, 15t Earl o Mar an 17t Earl o Kellie an Margaret Alison o Mar, 31st Coontess o Mar. The Earl o Mar an Kellie is the hereditary Clan Chief o Clan Erskine;[2] the Coontess o Mar is the hereditary Clan Chief o Clan Mar. The Earldom o Mar is thought tae be the auldest peerage in Great Breetain, an even Europe.[3][4]


Mormaers o Mar / early Earls[eedit | eedit soorce]

Earls o Mar, first creation[eedit | eedit soorce]

Current subsidiary title: Lord Garioch (creatit 1320)
John Erskine, 23rd Earl o Mar

The heir presumptive is Susan Helen o Mar, Mistress o Mar (b. 1963). In the line o succession tae the Earldom of Mar, she is follaed bi her eldest dochter, Isabel Alice o Mar (b. 1991).

Earls o Mar, seicont creation (1426)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Earls o Mar an Garioch, third creation (1459)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Earls o Mar an Garioch, fowert creation (1483)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Earls o Mar an Garioch, fift creation (1486)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Earls o Mar, saxt creation (1562)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Earls o Mar, seivent creation (1565) (as so deemed bi the Hoose o Lords in 1875)[eedit | eedit soorce]

The heir presumptive is the present haulder's brither, the Hon. Alexander David Erskine (b. 1952)

In popular cultur[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Earl of Mar's Daughter is a ballad documentit bi Francis James Child.[6]

The Genesis sang "Eleventh Earl of Mar" on their album Wind & Wuthering (1977) depicts the failure o the unsuccessful Jacobite campaign an the innocence o the Earl's yung son.[7]

Mar is ane o the provinces in the game Britannia.

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Bibliography[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Anderson, Alan Orr, Early Sources of Scottish History: AD 500–1286, 2 Vols (Edinburgh, 1922)
  • Richard D. Oram, "The Earls and Earldom of Mar, c1150–1300," Steve Boardman and Alasdair Ross (eds.) The Exercise of Power in Medieval Scotland, c.1200–1500, (Dublin/Portland, 2003). pp. 46–66
  • Roberts, John L., Lost Kingdoms: Celtic Scotland in the Middle Ages, (Edinburgh, 1997)

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