Earldom of Kintore
Coronet of a British Earl.svg

Earl of Kintore COA.svg

Blazon

Arms: Quarterly 1st and 4th Gules within a orle of eight thistles slipped a sword and a mace tipped with a fleur-de-lys in saltire Or at honour point the crown of Scotland Proper 2nd and 3rd Argent on a chief Gules three pallets Or.

Creation date1677
Created byCharles II of England
PeeragePeerage of Scotland
First holderJohn Keith, 1st Lord Keith of Inverurie and Keith Hall
Present holderJames William Falconer Keith, 14th Earl of Kintore
Heir apparentTristan Michael Keith, Lord Keith of Inverurie and Keith Hall
Subsidiary titlesLord Keith of Inverurie and Keith Hall
Former seat(s)Keith Hall
MottoDexter: Quae amissa salva (What has been lost is safe)
Sinister: Veritas vincit (Truth conquers)
Photograph of Algernon Keith-Falconer, 9th Earl of Kintore
Portrait of Francis Keith-Falconer, 8th Earl of Kintore, by William Salter Herrick
Portrait of Francis Keith-Falconer, 8th Earl of Kintore, by William Salter Herrick
Portrait of Louisa, Countess of Kintore, by Francis Grant
Portrait of Louisa, Countess of Kintore, by Francis Grant

Earl of Kintore is a title in the Peerage of Scotland. It was created in 1677 for Sir John Keith, third son of William Keith, 6th Hereditary Earl Marischal of Scotland (see Earl Marischal for earlier history of the family) and Chief of Clan Keith. He was made Lord Keith of Inverurie and Keith Hall at the same time, also in the Peerage of Scotland. At the death of William, the 4th Earl, in 1761, the Earldom and Lordship became dormant, as no-one could prove a claim to them. In 1778, it was decided that the Earldom, Lordship and Chieftaincy of Clan should pass to Anthony Adrian Falconer, Lord Falconer of Halkerton, who changed his surname to Keith-Falconer. The Lordship Falconer of Halkerton and the Earldom of Kintore and Lordship Keith of Inverurie and Keith Hall remained united until 1966, when, at the death of the 10th Earl, the Lordship Falconer of Halkerton became dormant.

The 11th holder of the titles, Ethel Sydney Keith-Falconer, married John Baird, 1st Viscount Stonehaven. At the death of Lord Stonehaven, the titles Viscount Stonehaven (created 1938), and Baron Stonehaven (created 1925), both in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, as well as the Baird of Urie Baronetcy, in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom, passed to the couple's son, James Ian. The Countess of Kintore, who died the day after her one-hundredth birthday, was the longest-lived female holder of a British peerage;[1][unreliable source] upon inheriting his mother's titles, her son James Ian changed his surname from Baird to Keith.

The family seat was Keith Hall, near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.

The heir apparent to the earldom uses the courtesy title Lord Keith of Inverurie and Keith Hall.

Lords Keith of Inverurie and Keith Hall (1677)

Earls of Kintore (1677)

The heir apparent is the present holder's son Tristan Michael Keith, Lord Keith of Inverurie and Keith Hall (b. 2010)

Arms

Coat of arms of Earl of Kintore
Notes
Originally adopted by the 11th Countess.
Coronet
The Coronet of an Earl
Crest
Dexter: a Noble Lady from her middle richly attired, holding in her right hand a Garland proper (Crest of Augmentation for Earldom of Kintore).

Sinister: a Roebuck's Head proper, attired Or.

Escutcheon
Quarterly: 1st & 4th, Argent, on a Chief Gules, three Pallets Or (Keith); 2nd, Azure, a Falcon displayed between three Mullets one and two Argent, on his breast a Man's Heart Gules (Falconer of Halkerton); 3rd, Per pale engrailed Gules and Or, a Boar passant counter-changed (Baird of Ury); over all on an Escutcheon Gules, a Sceptre and Sword in saltire with an Imperial Crown between the upper corners all proper, within an Orle of eight Thistles slipped near the head Or, ensigned with an Earl's Coronet proper (being the Coat of Augmentation granted to John, 1st Earl of Kintore, for his services in the preservation of the Regalia of Scotland).
Supporters
On either side a Man in Complete Armour proper, each holding in the exterior hand a Spear Gules, headed Argent, in posture of sentinels.
Motto
Above the dexter Crest: QUAE AMISSA SALVA (What has been lost is safe)

Above the sinister Crest: VERITAS VINCIT (Truth conquers)

Beneath the Shield: THAY SAY QUHAY SAY THAY, THAY HALF SAYD LAT THAME SAY

See also

References

  1. ^ Rayment, Leigh (11 March 2012). "Peerage records". leighrayment.com. Archived from the original on 7 June 2008.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)