John Mackenzie, 5th Earl of Cromartie

John Ruaridh Grant Mackenzie, 5th Earl of Cromartie (born 12 June 1948) is a Scottish engineer and peer. He is the current chief of Clan Mackenzie.[1][2]

The Earl of Cromartie
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Personal details
John Ruaridh Blunt Grant Blunt-Mackenzie[1]

(1948-06-12) June 12, 1948 (age 72)
Helen Murray
(m. 1973; div. 1983)

Janet Claire Harley
(m. after 1985)
ParentsRoderick Grant Francis Mackenzie, 4th Earl of Cromartie
ResidenceCastle Leod
Known forChief of Clan Mackenzie

Early lifeEdit

He is the only child of Roderick Mackenzie, 4th Earl of Cromartie and his second wife, the former Olga (née Laurence) Mendoza (d. 1996).[1] His mother, who was previously married to Peter Mendoza, was a daughter of Stuart Laurance of Paris. From his father's first marriage to Dorothy Downing Porter, he has two elder half-sisters, Lady Julia Blunt-Mackenzie and Lady Gilean Blunt-Mackenzie.[3]

His paternal grandmother was Lady Sibell Lilian Mackenzie, suo jure Countess of Cromartie, who married his grandfather, Lt.-Col. Edward Walter Blunt later Blunt-Mackenzie DL (the eldest son of Maj.-Gen. Charles Harris Blunt of Adderbury Manor).[3]

He was educated at Rannoch School, Perthshire and at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.[1]


Lord Cromartie is registered as a Member of the Institution of Explosives Engineers (M.I.Exp.E.) as an explosives engineer.[1]

He has held the position of Chief of Clan Mackenzie since 1980, wrote the book Selected Climbs in Skye, published in 1982. He succeeded to the titles of 5th Baron Castlehaven, of Castlehaven, 5th Viscount Tarbat, of Tarbat, 5th Baron MacLeod of Castle Leod, and 5th Earl of Cromartie on 13 December 1989.[1]

The seat of the Earl is at Castle Leod, Strathpeffer, Ross-shire.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Cromartie married firstly Helen Murray, daughter of John Murray, a steelworker at Lanarkshire, in 1973, and divorced in 1983, by whom he had an only son:[3]

  • Hon. Kenneth Mackenzie (1980–1980), who died in infancy.[1]

He married secondly Janet Clare Harley, daughter of Christopher James Harley of Strathpeffer, Ross-shire, in 1985. They have two sons:[1]

  • Colin Ruaridh Mackenzie, Viscount Tarbat (b. 1987)[3]
  • Hon. Alasdair Kenelm Stuart Mackenzie (b. 1989)[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 977. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ "Mackenzie chief and wife part company". Ross-shire Journal. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Cromartie, Earl of (UK, 1861)". Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Roderick Mackenzie
Earl of Cromartie
Heir apparent:
Colin Mackenzie, Viscount Tarbat