Yerl o Mar

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(Reguidit frae Earl o Mar)

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, awtho ither sites lik Doune o Invernochty wur initially juist as important.

The title evolved intae a peerage title, an wis made parteecularly 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, thare 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 thocht tae be the auldest peerage in Great Breetain, an even Europe.[3][4]

Mormaers o Mar / early Earls


Earls o Mar, first creation

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)


Earls o Mar an Garioch, third creation (1459)


Earls o Mar an Garioch, fowert creation (1483)


Earls o Mar an Garioch, fift creation (1486)


Earls o Mar, saxt creation (1562)


Earls o Mar, seivent creation (1565) (as so deemed bi the Hoose o Lords in 1875)


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


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

The Genesis sang "Eleventh Earl of Mar" on thair 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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  1. "Archived copy". Archived frae the original on 7 Mairch 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Burk's Peerage – Erskine
  3. Burk's Peerage – Mar
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  5. Burk's Peerage
  6. "The Child Ballads: 270. The Earl of Mar's Daughter". Retrieved 25 Julie 2009.
  7. Wind and Wuthering


  • 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 an 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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