|Earldom of Kintore|
|Creation date||20 June 1677|
|Created by||Charles II of England|
|Peerage||Peerage of Scotland|
|First holder||John Keith, 1st Lord Keith of Inverurie and Keith Hall|
|Present holder||James William Falconer Keith, 14th Earl of Kintore|
|Heir apparent||Tristan Michael Keith, Lord Keith of Inverurie and Keith Hall|
|Subsidiary titles||Lord Keith of Inverurie and Keith Hall|
|Former seat(s)||Keith Hall|
|Motto||Dexter: Quae amissa salva (What has been lost is safe)|
Sinister: Veritas vincit (Truth conquers)
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;[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.
James William Falconer Keith of Urie, 14th Earl of Kintore, also Lord Keith of Inverurie and Keith Hall, Viscount Stonehaven, Baron Stonehaven, and a Baronet, of Ury (born 1976), is the son of the 13th Earl. On 30 October 2004 he succeeded his father to the peerages and baronetcy. He married and had one son:
Lord Kintore lives at Caskieben. He has a sister, Lady Iona Delia Mary Gaddis Keith (born 1978), who in 2008 married Mark Hopkins, younger son of Mrs Violet Hopkins, of Welwyn Garden City. She was heir presumptive to the earldom of Kintore before the birth of the present heir.
Sinister: a Roebuck's Head proper, attired Or.
Above the sinister Crest: VERITAS VINCIT (Truth conquers)
Beneath the Shield: THAY SAY QUHAY SAY THAY, THAY HALF SAYD LAT THAME SAY
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