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Skene of Skene, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Skene on Roy Military Survey of Scotland, 1747-1755.

Skene were a prominent family in Aberdeenshire since medieval times.
Their seat was Skene Castle (later called Skene House, central tower built 1217), near Lyne of Skene, Skene, W of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire.
Following the numbering adopted in [Skene, 1887], the first Laird is:

The 1st Laird is ancestor of:
Adam Skene, 5th Laird of Skene.
He mar Janet Keith [possibly descendant of David I, King of Scotland and of Henry I].
He was killed in Battle of Harlaw 1411.
They had issue:

James Skene, 6th Laird of Skene.
He succ 1411.
He mar [widow of Fraser of Corntoun].
He died 1461.
They had issue:

Alexander Skene, 7th Laird of Skene.
He mar [settlement 1438] to Mariot of Kinarde.
He succ 1461.
He died 1470.
They had issue:

Gilbert Skene, 8th Laird of Skene.
He succ 1470.
He mar 1481 to Cristina Mercer.
He died 1485.
Cristina remarried.
8th Laird and Cristina had issue:

  1. Alexander Skene, 9th Laird of Skene,
    born est c.1481.

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.




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