De Skene Ancestry

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Note: Some research needs to be verified. The patrilineal De Skene lineage (including their wives) is verified on pages 1-4 of Clan Skeen by A.T. (Tom) Skeen.

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Skene

Skene is of Aberdeenshire and of Highland origin, "a current tradition being that they are descendants of the Clan Donch´, or Robertsons, of Athol" (p. 1, Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen)

"The name of Skene, Skean, Skeen, Skeyne, and there are other possible spellings, is an ancient one in Scotland. According to an old tradition the first to bear the name was the younger, or second son of Robertson of Struan whose claim to fame was an incident in which he saved the life of King Malcom I of Scotland.

The story goes that, as a wild wolf was about to attack King Malcom, the son of Struan moved in and struck the wolf with his dagger, almost severing the head from the body with his dagger or dirk. The Scot word for dagger is also skene. For this act of valor he was awarded some land in Aberdeenshire, later to be called the lands of Skene, so that we can assume that the family had been of the landed gentry from early times.

The family arms of Skene were formed from this incident. The escutcheon bears three daggers, or skenes, and three wolf heads above the daggers" (pp. 18-19, Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen).


Source: Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen
"The shield portrays the three sgians (daggers) erect and each piercing a wolf's head. The crest is described as out of a cloud, a dexter (right arm), from shoulder in hand a garland which symbolizes 'Given freely by God.' The motto is 'Virtutis Regia Merces,' which translates into 'virtue the Reward of Bravery.'

The symbolism within the Coat of Arms is as follows:

  • Wolf head ............... Symbol of the Warrior
  • Sgian (dagger) .......... Military readiness
  • Dexter (right arm) ...... Industry
  • Laurel garland .......... Triumph
  • Red ..................... Magnanimity
  • Silver .................. Sincerity
  • Gold .................... Generosity"
(p. iv, Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen).


Ancient Dirk or Skein - symbol from the time when the Skene Barony was established in 1317

(Source: Memorials of Family of Skene of Skene, from the family papers, with other illustrative documents by William Forbes Skene)

"Tradition tells us that the name Skene dates back to the seventh century. From all reliable counts the family named Skene was a sept of an early clan called Dannacihaidh, or Doncga who later became Duncan and in even later times adopted the name Robertson. Historian, W. F. Skene, Esq., F.S.A., &c. furnishes several corroborative proofs of this. Skene seems to have long existed as a territorial appellation; hence the prefix de, applicable to place and le being always personal. John le Skene signed the Ragman=s Roll, a bond of submission to King Edward I of England, in 1296. He was probably the son of Duncan of the Isles. Duncan=s son, Patrick, signed the document in the same year. His grandson Robert got a charter of the land of Skene and a Baronage from King Robert the Bruce in 1317. The Baronage continued until 1824, when George Skene the 21st Baron of Skene died without issue."
Source: Clan Skene Website (no longer in existence, but archived version available).

"The first documented member of the family was John de Skene in 1290, who later swore fealty to Edward I in 1297" (p. 19, Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen)
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Robert De Skene (b. ca. 1257, Scotland, chartered First Baron of Skene by King Robert the Bruce in 1317 according to Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen, p. 3
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Marion Mercer (b. ca. 1261, Scotland), the daughter of a Baron of Aldie and Meiklure
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Gillian (Gilian, Giliane) De Skene (de Skene)
b. ca. 1289
Scotland

Not much is known of him, "but his name Gilian, a servant of St. John, suggests a descent from the John de Skene who bore the head of St. John the Baptist on his seal" (Memorials..., p. 15)

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Adam De Skene
b. ca. 1321
Scotland

"He is mentioned ... as grandson of Robert de Skene, and ancestor of the subsequent lairds of Skene" (Memorials..., p. 15)

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Adam II
De Skene
b. ca. 1353
Scotland
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___ Keith, Earl Marishal of Scotland
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John De Forbes
b. ca. 1176
Forbes, Aberdeen, Scotland
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Ferglx De Forbes
b. ca. 1226
Forbes, Aberdeen, Scotland
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Alexander De Forbes
b. ca. 1256
Forbes, Aberdeen, Scotland
d. after 1304
Murray, Scotland
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Alexander De Forbes
b. ca. 1286
Forbes, Aberdeen, Scotland
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              Ancestry through parents Archibald and Beatrice (De Lindsay) Douglas

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      Ancestry through parents Robert II and Elizabeth More (Mure), King and Queen of Scotland

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Alexander De Synton
b. 1255, Synton, Selkirkshire, Scotland

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Edward De Keith,
Marischal of Scotland
b. ca. 1280, Dunottar, Kincardineshire, Scotland
d. 17 October 1346, Battle of Neville's Cross, England
Isabella De Synton,
Heiress of Sinton
b. ca. 1285, Sinton, Selkirkshire, Scotland
m. before July 1305, Sinton, Selkirkshire, Scotland
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              Ancestry through parents David and Janet (Keith) Hamilton

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  Ancestry through parents James and Agnes (Dunbar) Douglas

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Adam III De Skene
b. ca. 1377, Scotland
d. 1411, Battle of Harlaw, Scotland
m. before 1392 Janet Keith
b. ca. 1381, Marischal, Scotland
d. 1426
                                                          John De Forbes
b. 1302, Forbes, Aberdeen, Scotland
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m. ca. 1331 Margaret Forbes
b. ca. 1311, Forbes, Aberdeen, Scotland
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          William, Earl of Douglas
b. ca. 1323, Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland
d. May 1384
not married Margaret Stewart,
Countess of Angus
b. 1325, Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland
d.
  Robert III (Robert John Stewart),
KING OF SCOTLAND

b. ca. 1337, Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
d. 4 April 1406, Rothsay Castle, Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
Burial: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
not married concubine
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  William De Keith,
knight
b. ca. 1315, Dunottar, Kincardineshire, Scotland
d. 2 May 1407 or 1410
m. ca. 1437 Margaret Fraser
b. ca. 1321, Touch, Fraser, Sterling, Scotland
d. before 1410
          John Hamilton,
knight
b. ca. 1371, Cadzow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
d. 14 September 1402, Battle of Homildon, Nuthumberland, England
m. November 1388 Jacoba (Janet) Douglas
b. ca. 1379, Dalkeith, Mid Lothian, Scotland
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James was the son of Adam who died at Harlaw in 1411 (Memorials..., p. 15). James De Skene
b. ca. 1392 Scotland
d. 1461 Scotland
m. before 1413 Ms. Fraser of Corntoun
b. ca. 1396, Corntown, Scotland
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        Egidia De Maravia
b. 1395, Kinarde, Scotland
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                                John "With The Black Lip" Forbes
b. 1332, Forbes, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
d. before 20 November 1446, Scotland
m. ca. 1375 Elizabeth (Margaret) Kennedy
b. ca. 1336, Dunure, Scotland
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      George Douglas,
Earl of Angus
b. ca. 1376, Mar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
d. 1402, Battle of Hamildon, Lancanshire, England
m. 24 May 1397
George Douglas was her third of four husbands.
Mary Stewart,
Princess of Scotland,
Countess of Angus

b. ca. 1380, Dunfermline, Fifeshire, Scotland
d. 1458 Scotland
Burial: Strathblane Chapel, Strathblane, Stirlingshire, Scotland
      Robert Keith,
knight
b. ca. 1363, Dunottar, Kincardine-shire, Scotland
d. before 20 July 1430
m. ca. 1379, St. Andrews Diocese, Fifeshire, Scotland heiress of Troup
b. ca. 1363, Troup, Banffshire, Scotland
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      James Hamilton
b. ca. 1393, Cadzow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
d. before May 1441
m. before 20 October 1422 Janet Livingstone
b. ca. 1400, Callendar, Scotland
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    Alexander De Skene
b. ca. 1413 Scotland
d. 1470
m. 12 May 1438 Mariot
b. ca. 1417, Kinarde, Scotland
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                          Alexander Forbes
He was a baron.
b. ca. 1380, Forbes, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
d. 1448, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
m. 6 October 1423 Elizabeth (Mary) Douglas
b. ca. 1398, Mar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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          William Keith
He was a lord.
b. ca. 1389, Dunottar, Kincardine, Scotland
d. 16 May 1463 or 1464
m. 26 April 1414 Mary (or Marjory) Hamilton
b. ca. 1400, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
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      Gilbert De Skene
b. between 1439/1459 Scotland
d. 1485
m. 1481 Christina Mercer
b. ca. 1463 Scotland
d. 1490
              James Forbes
He was a baron.
b. ca. 1424, Forbes, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
d. ca. 30 September 1460 Scotland
m. Gillie "Egidia" Keith
She was a baroness.
b. ca. 1424, Forbes, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
d. after ca. 1482
     
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        Alexander De Skene
b. ca. 1482, Skene, Aberdeen, Scotland
d. 1507
m. before 1498 Agnes Forbes
b. ca. 1482
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descendants through son Alexander De Skene and his wife Elizabeth (Black) De Skene
         

The patrilineal De Skene lineage (including their wives) is verified on pages 1-4 of Clan Skeen by A.T. (Tom) Skeen.

Developed in August 2016.