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Summer at the Lake of Monteith
Monteith—Earl of Monteith


The first possessor of this very ancient and extensive Earldom appears to have been—

Murdoch Monteith, who is first mentioned in the chartu-lary of Dunfermline in the reign of David I.

2. He was succeeded by Gilchrist Monteith, who is mentioned in a charter of donation to the monastery of Scone by Malcolm IV.

3. He was succeeded by Mauritius, Earl of Monteith, who flourished about the time of William I., and is witness to a donation of William Cumyn, Earl of Buchan, to the monastery of Cambuskenneth. He died leaving two daughters.

4. The eldest daughter married Walter Cumyn, Lord of Baden och, who succeeded to the Earldom in right of his wife. He held extensive tracts of land in Badenoch, and became one of the most influential men of his time, owing as much to the strength of his talents as the number of his vassals in Badenoch and Monteith. He died an old man in 1258, leaving no male issue.

His Countess having married an obscure Englishman, the Earldom devolved upon Walter Stewart, brother of the High Steward of Scotland, who was married to the youngest daughter.

5. This Walter Stewart, who is described in a former article, had two sons, who assumed the surname of Monteith, but the family retained the paternal coat of Stewart,* altering the fesse to a bend for difference.

1. Alexander, sixth Earl of Monteith.

2. Sir John Monteith alias “ the fause Monteith,” the betrayer of Sir William Wallace, and mentioned in a former article.

Sir John Monteith had three sons — important men of their time.

1. Sir Walter Monteith, who had a charter of the lands of “ Thora,” in the Earldom of Monteith.

2. Sir John Monteith, who had charters from King Robert I. of the lands of Stragartenay, in Perthshire.

3. Sir Alexander Monteith, who had a charter from David II. of the pasturage of 100 cattle and 300 sheep on his Majesty’s moors of Carale, in Fife.

5. Alexander, sixth Earl of Monteith, the eldest son, was one of the leaders of the Scotch army which invaded Cumberland in March of the year 129&. He was afterwards taken prisoner by the English at the battle of Dunbar, in April of the same year. He died about the year 1230, leaving two sons.

1. Alan, seventh Earl of Monteith.

2. Murdoch, eighth Earl of Monteith.

6., Alan, seventh Earl of Monteith, had a son and daughter. The son, however, appears to have died before his father, and without issue.

Murdoch, eighth Earl of Monteith, succeeded his brother Alan, the seventh Earl, but, being killed at the battle of Ilalidonhill, 19th July 1333, left no issue.

7. Mary, Countess of Monteith, daughter of Earl Alan, now succeeded to the Earldom. She married Sir John Graham, who, in right, became Earl of Monteith. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Durham in 1346, but having previously sworn fealty to Edward, he was shortly after executed as a traitor, leaving by his Countess one daughter.

8. Margaret, Countess of Monteith, carried the Earldom to her husband, Robert Stewart, third son of King Robert II., Earl of Fife and Duke of Albany, Regent of Scotland. After the execution of her son Murdo, Duke of Albany, the Earldom vested in the crown in the year 1425; but, two years later, it was granted to Malise Graham, Earl of Strathearn, who laid the succession to the Earldom of the name of Graham.


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