Cromar:

Historic Title from Royal Deeside

The historic Cromar baronial title has been offered for sale by the Trustees of the Mar Estate. Its fame dates from ancient times, but in recent years has been amplified by the three MacRobert brothers who died in the air, and by their mother who gave to the Royal Air Force Hurricane fighters and Stirling bombers to act as her reply to the Luftwaffe. The family’s beautiful estate in Cromar was later gifted in memory of her sons to the Royal Air Force.
Location of Cromar
Mar is among the oldest names in Great Britain, dating certainly from the ninth century, and perhaps from earlier. As one of the seven provinces of the Pictish kingdom of “transmarine Scotland” (known as Alban, the land north of the Firths of Forth and Clyde), it was governed by a Mormaer, later to be called an Earl, and included what was to become known as Buchan. (Originally, all the seven mormaerships included two districts.) The district of Mar itself, without Buchan, stretched from the Braes of Mar in the west to the city of Aberdeen on the east coast, and from the Braes of Angus (another of the seven provinces) in the south to the River Don in the north. The fertile lands of Cromar are in the centre of Mar, on the left bank of the River Dee.
panoramic view of Cromar
Heraldry from Cromar
early arms of Mar arms of Erskine arms of Duff of Braco arms of Duff, Earls of Fife
William Duff,
1st Earl Fife
Later Earls of Mar,
the Erskine family
William Duff of Braco,
(bought Cromar from Mar)
Early Earls of Mar
(had no surname)
The lands of Cromar were held for a long time by a branch of the Gordons, represented by the Earls (whose arms are seen here on the left) and Marquesses of Aberdeen, who in 1918 disponed them to Sir Alexander MacRobert, 1st Bt.
arms of the Earls of Aberdeen
MacRobert's Reply
The first MacRobert’s Reply,
a Stirling bomber,
bearing on its nose the arms of the MacRobert brothers.
The MacRobert brothers each bore in their turn ~ Gules on a chevron between three wolves’ heads erased Argent langued Azure as many thistles leaved and slipped proper ~ and these were granted to the MacRobert Trust surmounted by a pile Or issuing from the chief and bearing three tigers' heads affrontée winged Gules. They are seen here in an interior window of Douneside House looking south towards the Dee. These winged tiger heads of the MacRobert baronets are the only ones, so far as is known, to feature in Scottish heraldry.
MacRobert window
Ramsay of Mar banner
The banner of the late Baron of Cromar speaks eloquently of Cromar’s royal connections, the second and third grand quarters featuring the arms of his mother, Lady Patricia, daughter of the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, third son of Queen Victoria.
The first and fourth grand quarters bear his paternal arms of Ramsay of Dalhousie quartering Maule of Panmure, the whole differenced by a bordure of pean.
The price at which Cromar might be sold is a matter of conjecture. The Barony of Braemar upstream from Cromar went for an undisclosed price after being offered for half a million pounds, and we believe Cromar’s place in Scotland’s history and heritage, together with its links to the Royal Air Force and Lady MacRobert’s three sons, puts it in a similar category.
The Trustees of the Mar Estate have appointed Scottish Barony Titles as their agents for the sale of the Barony of Cromar. Enquiries may be made through the contact page on the website, or direct to info@baronytitles.com
The Barony of Cromar was sold to its new Baron shortly after being featured in the Baronage pages.
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