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The Skene arms (3 daggers with wolves' heads) on the front of Skene House.
Photo 1994. Picture courtesy of Judith Campbell.
See full size, where one can see the motto, "Virtutis regia merces" ("A palace the reward of bravery").
See also photo 1998.
See also the joint Skene and Ædie arms inside the house.
Skene were a prominent family in Aberdeenshire since medieval times, with a number of branches, and their own tartan. The seat of the head of the family was Skene Castle (later called Skene House) (central tower built 1217), near the village of Lyne of Skene, W of Aberdeen (see map). Following the numbering adopted in [Skene, 1887], the first Laird is:
Robert Skene, 1st Laird of Skene,
granted the Barony of Skene by Robert the Bruce in 1317.
James Skene, 6th Laird of Skene, succ 1411,
mar [widow of Fraser of Corntoun] and died 1461, having had issue:
Alexander Skene, 7th Laird of Skene,
mar [settlement 1438] to Mariot of Kinarde, succ 1461, and died 1470, having had issue:
Gilbert Skene, 8th Laird of Skene, succ 1470,
mar 1481 to Cristina Mercer and died 1485 [Cristina remarried] having had issue: