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Mar, Earl of (S, 1565)


Creation: let. pat. 22 Jul 1565


Family name: Erskine




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Argent a Pale Sable (Erskine);  2nd and 3rd, Azure a Bend between six Cross Crosslets fitchée Or (Mar);  over all on an Escutcheon Gules the Royal Crown of Scotland proper within a Double Tressure flory counterflory, ensigned with an Earl's Coronet also proper (Kellie);  behind the shield are placed in saltire a Key wards outwards Or and a Baton Gules garnished Or and ensigned with a Castle of the last (Insignia of Office of the Hereditary Keeper of Stirling Castle)


1st:  On a Cap of Maintenance Gules turned up Ermine a Dexter Hand holding a Skene in pale Argent hilted and pommelled Or;  2nd:  On a Cap of Maintenance Gules turned up Ermine a Demi Lion rampant guardant Gules armed Argent


On either side a Griffin Argent armed beaked and winged Or


Over the 1st Crest:  Je Pense Plus (I think more);  over the 2nd Crest:  Decori Decus Addit Avito (He adds honour to the honour of his ancestors);  beneath the Shield:  Unione Fortior (Strengthened by unity)



Walter Coningsby [Erskine], 12th Earl of Kellie and de jure 10th Earl of Mar, CB

3rd but 1st surv. son of Hon Henry David Erskine (by his wife Mary Anne Cooksey, dau. of John Cooksey), 3rd son of John Francis [Erskine], 24th Earl of Mar and de jure 7th Earl of Mar


12 Jul 1810


11 Sep 1834 Elise Youngson (b. c. 1814; d. 14 Jul 1895), dau. of Col William Youngson, of Bowscar, co. Cumberland


1. Hon Walter Henry Erskine, later 13th Earl of Kellie later 11th Earl of Mar

2. Hon Augustus William Erskine (b. 18 Jun 1841; d. 17 Jul 1914), mar. 18 Apr 1871 Harriet Susannah Forbes (d. 24 Feb 1884), 3rd dau. of William Forbes of Medwyn, by his wife Mary Anne Houblon, dau. of John Archer Houblon MP, of Hallingbury, co. Essex, and had issue

3. Hon Maj Charles Herbert Stewart Erskine (b. 11 Sep 1853; d. 6 Apr 1896)


17 Jan 1872

suc. by



entered Bengal Army 1826; Commissioner of Jubbulapore; CB 1860; suc. his cousin 19 Jun 1866 as 12th Earl of Kellie and de jure 10th Earl of Mar; a Representative Peer for Scotland (Conservative) 1869-72


Walter Henry [Erskine], 13th Earl of Kellie later 11th Earl of Mar


17 Dec 1839


14 Oct 1863 Mary Anne Forbes (d. 22 May 1927), 1st dau. of William Forbes of Medwyn, by his wife Mary Anne Houblon, dau. of John Archer Houblon MP, of Hallingbury, co. Essex


1. Hon Walter John Francis Erskine, later 12th Earl of Mar

2. Rt Hon Sir William Augustus Forbes Erskine GCMG MVO, Chargé d'Affaires Athens 1914, Rome 1917, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Cuba 1919-21, Bulgaria 1921-28 and Poland 1928, Ambassador to Poland 1928-34 (b. 30 Oct 1871; dspm. 17 Jul 1952), mar. 18 Feb 1908 (Georgiana) Viola Eleanor Ward (dspm. 14 May 1972), 2nd dau. of Capt William Humble Dudley Ward (by his wife Hon Eugenie Violet Adele, only dau. of William Baliol [Brett], 1st Viscount Esher), 1st son and heir of Hon Humble Dudley Ward (by his wife Eleanor Louisa Hawkes, 3rd dau. of Thomas Hawkes MP, of Himley House, co. Stafford), younger brother of William [Ward], 1st Earl of Dudley, and 2nd son of Rev William Humble [Ward], 10th Baron Ward, and had issue

3. Rev Hon Alexander Primrose Forbes Erskine (b. 13 Aug 1881; d. 20 Jun 1925), mar. 11 Jul 1916 Irene Annette Campbell (mar. (2) 15 Jul 1930 Rt Rev Frederic Llewellyn Deane DD, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney 1917-43; d. 17 Jan 1968), 1st dau. of Rt Rev Archibald Ean Campbell DD, Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway, by his wife Hon Helen Anna Brodrick, 3rd dau. of William [Brodrick], 8th Viscount Midleton, and had issue

1. Lady Elyne Mary Erskine (b. 13 Oct 1866; d. 4 Oct 1891)

2. Lady Constance Elise Erskine (b. 6 Jan 1869; d. 22 Feb 1959)

3. Lady Mary Erskine (dvp. 1873)

4. Lady Louisa Frances Erskine, a nun at Wantage (b. 12 Jun 1875; d. 15 Dec 1965)

5. Lady Frances Elizabeth Erskine (b. 29 Jul 1899; d. 22 Jan 1967), mar. 29 Jul 1899 Rev Frederick Tufnell, Rector of Sudbury, co. Derby (d. 28 Feb 1920), and had issue

6. Lady (Alice) Maud Mary Erskine (b. 12 Dec 1878; d. 24 May 1967)


16 Sep 1888

suc. by



on 25 Feb 1875 his claim to the Earldom of Mar (cr. 1565) was allowed by the House of Lords - see Editor's comment under John Erskine, 18th and de jure 1st Earl of Mar;  a Representative Peer for Scotland (Conservative) 1876-88; Grand Master of Scottish Freemasons 1882-85


Walter John Francis [Erskine], 12th Earl of Mar, KT


29 Aug 1865


14 Jul 1892 Lady Susan Violet Ashley-Cooper (b. 18 Jul 1868; d. 16 Dec 1938), 4th dau. of Anthony [Ashley-Cooper], 8th Earl of Shaftesbury, by his wife Lady Harriet Chichester, only dau. by his first wife of George Hamilton [Chichester], 3rd Marquess of Donegall


1. Hon Sir John Francis Ashley Erskine GCSI GCIE, styled Lord Erskine, Assistant Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty 1920-21, Member of Parliament (Unionist) for Weston-super-Mare 1922-23 and 1924-34 and for Brighton 1940-41, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Postmaster-General 1923 and to the Home Secretary 1924-29, Government Whip 1931-34, Governor of Madras 1934-40 (b. 26 Apr 1895; dvp. 3 May 1953). mar. 2 Dec 1919 Lady Marjorie Hervey (b. 16 Oct 1898; d. 22 Nov 1967), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Frederick William Fane [Hervey], 4th Marquess of Bristol, by his wife Alice Frances Theodora Wythes, only dau. of George Edward Wythes, of Copped Hall, Epping, and had issue:

1a. Hon John Francis Hervey Erskine, later 13th Earl of Mar

2a. Lieut Hon Alistair Robert Hervey Erskine MC (b. 21 Mar 1923; dvp. 19 Apr 1945)

3a. Capt Hon David Hervey Erskine, of Felsham House, Felsham, co. Suffolk (b. 5 Nov 1924; d. 25 May 2004), mar. (1) 5 Dec 1953 Jean Violet Douglas (d. 1983), 1st dau. of Lt Col Archibald Vivian Campbell Douglas of Mains, and (2) 3 May 1985 Caroline Mary Lyttelton (widow of Antony Alfred [Lyttelton], 2nd Viscount Chandos), 2nd dau. of Rt Hon Sir Alan Frederick Lascelles GCVO KCB CMG MC, by his wife Hon Joan Frances Vere Thesinger, 1st dau. of Frederick John Napier [Thesinger], 1st Viscount Chelmsford, and has issue by his first wife

4a. Hon Robert William Hervey Erskine, of 100 Elgin Crescent, London (b. 13 Oct 1930), mar. (1) 21 May 1955 (div. 1964) Jennifer Shirley Wood, 2nd dau. of L J Cardew Wood, of Kintbury, co. Berkshire, (2) Oct 1969 (div. 1975) Anne-Marie Lattès, dau. of Jean Lattès, of Paris, France, and (3) 1977 Belinda Mary Rosalind Blackburn, dau. of Raymond Blackburn, of London, and has issue by his second and third wives

2. Capt Hon Francis Walter Erskine, ADC to the Governor-General of Canada 1928-47 (b. 9 Jan 1899; d. 20 Sep 1972), mar. 24 Sep 1925 Phyllis Burstall (d. 29 Sep 1974), dau. of John Francis Burstall, of Quebec, Canada, and had issue

1. Lady Elyne Violet Erskine (b. and dvp. 2 Aug 1893)


3 Jun 1955

suc. by



Lord Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire 1892-1955; a Representative Peer for Scotland 1892-1955; Knight of the Thistle 1911; confirmed as Hereditary Keeper of Stirling Castle by Royal Warrant 1923; Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle 1932-49; Lord Clerk Register and Keeper of the Signet of Scotland 1936-48


John Francis Hervey [Erskine], 13th Earl of Mar


15 Feb 1921


24 Apr 1948 Pansy Constance Thorne OBE CStJ, UK President of UNICEF 1979-84 (d. 9 Aug 1996), yst. dau. of Gen Sir Augustus Francis Andrew Nicol Thorne KCB CMG DSO, of Reading, Berkshire, by his wife Hon Margaret Pennant, 4th dau. by his second wife of George Sholto Gordon [Pennant], 2nd Baron Penrhyn


1. Hon James Thorne Erskine, later 14th Earl of Mar

2. Hon Alexander David Erskine, heir presumptive to the Earldom of Mar, of 5 The Grove, Mosman, New South Wales, Australia (b. 26 Oct 1952), mar. 1977 Katherine Shawford Capel, 1st dau. of Thomas Clark Capel, of The Oaks, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia, by his wife Lucy Katherine Shawford McDouall, 1st dau. of Rawdon George Herbert McDouall, and has issue:

1a. Alexander Capel Erskine (b. 1979)

1a. Isabel Katherine Erskine (b. 1982)

3. Rev Hon Michael John Erskine, of The Manse, Kilmelfort, co. Argyll (b. 5 Apr 1956), mar. 1987 Jill Westwood, 1st dau. of Campbell S Westwood, and has issue

1. Lady Fiona Erskine (b. 5 Apr 1956), mar. 1980 Col Andrew P W Campbell, of The Glebe House, Stobo, co. Peebles, 2nd son of Wilson Campbell, of Northumberland, and has issue


22 Dec 1993

suc. by



Maj Scots Guards, Work War II; member of the Royal Company of Archers; Councillor, Clackmannanshire County Council 1955; Elder of the Church of Scotland; Chairman, Forth Conservancy Board 1957-67; Lord Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire 1966-93; KStJ


James Thorne [Erskine], 14th Earl of Mar, DL


10 Sep 1949


23 Mar 1974 Mary Irene Mooney (former wife of Roderick James Mooney), 2nd dau. of Dougal McDougal Kirk, of Edinburgh


19 Apr 2000 Baron Erskine of Alloa Tower, of Alloa in Clackmannanshire (Life Peerage)


Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II 1962 and 1963


The heir presumptive to the Earldom of Mar is Hon Alexander David Erskine, second son of the 13th Earl of Mar and brother of the present Earl.


 Last updated 9 Sep 2004




14th Earl of Mar

(Scotland, let. pat. 22 Jul 1565)

16th Earl of Kellie

(Scotland, let. pat. 12 Mar 1619)

16th Viscount of Fentoun

(Scotland, let. pat. 18 Mar 1606)

19th Lord Erskine

(Scotland, let. pat. ante 24 May 1429)

16th Lord Erskine of Dirletoun

(Scotland, let. pat. c. 1603)

16th Lord Dirletoun

(Scotland, let. pat. 18 Mar 1606)

Baron Erskine of Alloa, of Alloa in Clackmannanshire

(United Kingdom Life Peerage, let. pat. 19 Apr 2000)

Premier Viscount of Scotland

Hereditary Keeper of Stirling Castle

Chief of the Name and Arms of Erskine



Hilton Farm, Alloa FK10 3PS



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