Earl of Menteith

The Mormaer or Earl of Menteith was the ruler of the province of Menteith in the Middle Ages. The first mormaer is usually regarded as Gille Críst (or Gilchrist), simply because he is the earliest on record.[1] The title was held in a continuous line from Gille Críst until Muireadhach IV (a.k.a. Murdoch Stewart, Duke of Albany), although the male line was broken on two occasions. A truncated version of the earldom was given two years later to Malise Graham, 1st Earl of Menteith, in compensation for loss of the Earldom of Strathearn, which was a likely result of the execution of the Duke of Albany.[2]

List of holders

First line of mormaers/earls

Second line, Stewarts of Menteith

Third line, Grahams of Menteith

See also

The Stuart-Menteth Baronetcy, of Closeburn in the County of Dumfries and Mansfield in the County of Ayr, is a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 11 August 1838 for Charles Stuart-Menteth. The Stuart-Menteth family traces its descent from Walter Comyn (third son of Walter Comyn, Justiciar of Scotia), who in 1258 married Isabella, Countess of Menteith (or Menteth).


  1. Fraser, Sir William (1880). The Red Book of Menteith. Edinburgh. p. 3. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  2. Nicholas, Harris (1842). History of the Earldoms of Strathern, Monteith, and Airth. William Pickering: Stevens and Norton: Clark, Edinburgh. pp. 17–24.
  • Paul, James Balfour, The Scots Peerage, Vol. VI, (Edinburgh, 1909)
  • Roberts, John L., Lost Kingdoms: Celtic Scotland in the Middle Ages, (Edinburgh, 1997), p. 52
  • Clan Campbell Society of North America CCSNA.org, information on the Macoran sept that began in the latter half of the 17th century under the protection of the Earl of Menteith, who later gave this young Campbell of Melfort a farm at Inchanoch. That Macoran / Campbell married a Miss Haldane, niece of Haldane of Lanrick, and the family prospered.
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