A portrait was taken of the head of the body found therein, now in the museum of the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland.
Only the later antiquaries clung to the belief in their trustworthiness.
Aldus in his edition of Cicero's De universitate (1583), dedicated to Crichton, laments the 3rd of July as the fatal day; and this account is apparently confirmed by the Mantuan state papers recently unearthed by Mr. Douglas Crichton (Proc. Soc. of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1909).
Among the public offices held by the earl were those of lordlieutenant of Aberdeenshire, president of the society of Antiquaries from 1812 to 1846 and fellow of the Royal Society.
He was president of the Highland and Agricultural Society, the Society of Antiquaries and of the British Association.