William Keith ca.1664-1712

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William KEITH, 9th Earl Marischal, ca. 1664-1712

Keith's bookplate (British Museum Franks Collection *487)

Biographical Note

The son of George Keith, 8th Earl Marischal (d. 1694). He at first accepted the new regime of William and Mary, taking a seat in the Scottish Parliament in 1698 and became a member of the privy council in 1701. However the family were committed Jacobites and Keith was imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle during the 1708 rising. He nevertheless was subsequently made one of the Scottish representative peers in the British House of Lords.


Used an engraved bookplate:

Franks *487 (Keith), The Right Honble. William Keeth, Earle Marshall of Scotland.

The extent and disposition of his library is not known.


  • Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903.
  • Nicholson, Eirwen E. C. "Drummond [married name Keith, Mary, Countess Marischal (1675–1729), Jacobite sympathizer."] Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.