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CodeNA9663
Dates1623-1815
Person NameMackenzie family; family; Earls of Seaforth
Epithetfamily
ActivityIn 1623 Colin Mackenzie, son of Kenneth, Lord Mackenzie of Kintail, was created 1st. Earl of Seaforth. He had succeeded his father in 1611. Colin died without male issue in 1633 and was succeeded by his half-brother George, who followed Montrose and supported the King. He died without seeing the monarchy restored, in 1651. The 3rd. Earl was his son Kenneth, who succeeded while still a student at King’s College, Aberdeen. He died in 1678 and was succeeded by his son, also Kenneth. He supported James VII, and died in Paris in 1701 after a long period of imprisonment in Edinburgh. His son William, the 5th. Earl, was attainted in 1715. Though his estates were not returned to him he was mostly spared further punishment and died on the isle of Lewis in 1740. His great-grandson Francis Humberston Mackenzie, born in 1754, raised the 78th Highlanders and was MP for Rossshire. In 1797 he was created Lord Seaforth, Baron Mackenzie of Kintail. He died in 1815, having outlived his male heirs. The lands, but not the title, passed to his eldest daughter, Mary, whose second husband took the surname of Mackenzie.
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