Viscount of Arbuthnott

Viscount of Arbuthnott is a title in the Peerage of Scotland. It was created in 1641, along with the subsidiary title Lord Inverbervie, for Sir Robert Arbuthnott. The Viscount of Arbuthnott is the hereditary chief of Clan Arbuthnott.[1]

Viscountcy of Arbuthnott

Azure a crescent between three mullets argent
Creation date 16 November 1641
Monarch King Charles I
Peerage Peerage of Scotland
First holder Robert Arbuthnott
Present holder Keith Arbuthnott, 17th Viscount of Arbuthnott
Heir apparent Christopher Keith Arbuthnott, Master of Arbuthnott
Remainder to the 1st Viscount’s heirs maleof the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titles Lord Inverbervie
Master of Arbuthnott
Chief of the Name and Arms of Arbuthnott
Seat(s) Arbuthnott House
Motto Laus Deo “Praise to God”

At the time of the 16th Viscount’s death in 2012, the family held the genealogical record of being one of an unbroken male line living in the same spot for more than 800 years. Around 1188, William the Lion granted ancestor Hugh de Swinton the lands of Arbuthnott, where the family estate and clan association headquarters remains to this day.[1][2]

All Scottish viscounts have ‘of’ in their titles, contrary to English viscounts who are styled simply ‘Viscount X’. However, most Scottish viscounts have now adopted the English practice; only the Viscount of Arbuthnott and, to a lesser extent, the Viscount of Oxfuird, continue to use ‘of’.

The family seat is Arbuthnott House, Arbuthnott, near Inverbervie in Kincardineshire.

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The heir apparent is the present holder’s only son, the Hon. Christopher Keith Arbuthnott, Master of Arbuthnott (b. 1977).[1]
The heir apparent’s heir apparent is his only son, Alexander Nicholas Keith Arbuthnott (b. 2007).

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