Viscount of Arbuthnott

Viscountcy of Arbuthnott
Arms of Viscount Arbuthnott
Creation date 16 November 1641
Created by King Charles I
Peerage Peerage of Scotland
First holder Robert Arbuthnott
Present holder John Arbuthnott, 16th Viscount
Heir apparent John Keith Oxley Arbuthnott, Master of Arbuthnott
Remainder to the 1st Viscount's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten.
Subsidiary titles Lord Inverbervie
Chief of the Name and Arms of Arbuthnott

The title Viscount of Arbuthnott was created in the Peerage of Scotland in 1641, along with the title Lord Inverbervie, for Sir Robert Arbuthnot.

The Viscount of Arbuthnott is the hereditary Clan Chief of Clan Arbuthnott.

The family seat is Arbuthnott House, Arbuthnott, near Inverbervie, Kincardineshire (Aberdeenshire).

Kincardineshire was a Scottish shire (later known as a county), which had previously been represented by two commissioners in the former Parliament of Scotland. The constituency included the whole shire, except for the Royal burgh of Inverbervie which formed part of the Aberdeen Burghs constituency.

All Viscounts in the Peerage of Scotland have "of" in their titles, but most Scottish Viscounts have dropped the practice of using "of." The only ones who persist in the usage of the word are the Viscount of Arbuthnott, and, to a lesser extent, the Viscount of Oxfuird.


Coat of arms

The heraldic blazon for the coat of arms of the viscountcy is: Azure a crescent between three mullets argent. This can be translated as: a blue shield containing a white crescent with three white stars around it.

Viscounts of Arbuthnott (1641)

Coat of Arms of the Viscounts of Arbuthnott (see details)
  • Robert Arbuthnot, 1st Viscount of Arbuthnott (d. 1655)
  • Robert Arbuthnot, 2nd Viscount of Arbuthnott (d. 1682)
  • Robert Arbuthnot, 3rd Viscount of Arbuthnott (1663–1694)
  • Robert Arbuthnot, 4th Viscount of Arbuthnott (1686–1710)
  • John Arbuthnot, 5th Viscount of Arbuthnott (1692–1756)
  • John Arbuthnot, 6th Viscount of Arbuthnott (aka the Rich Lord).[1] (1703–1791)
Son of John Arbuthnot of Fordoun, brother of the 2nd Viscount. Father of 7th Viscount.[2]
  • John Arbuthnot, 7th Viscount of Arbuthnott (1754–1800)
Challenged the legality of his late father's actions, which had included the granting of leases for long periods at low rents."[3]

The heir apparent is (John) Keith Oxley Arbuthnott, Master of Arbuthnott (b. 1950)

The Master's heir apparent is his son Christopher Keith Arbuthnott (b. 1977)

His heir apparent is his son Alexander Nicholas Keith Arbuthnott (b. 2007)


  1. ^ Early family tree
  2. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed (1999). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage (106th edition ed.). Crans, Switzerland. pp. 99. ISBN 1-57958-083-1. 
  3. ^ Scots Peerage, I, p. 313-4
  • Bing, Hon Mrs Christy (1999). The Lairds of Arbuthnott. Agnate Press. ISBN 0-9535923-0-8. 

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