Monthly Archives: March 2017

William de Longespée

On this day, 7 March, in the year 1226, William de Longespée, 3rd Earl of Salisbury, died in Salisbury, England.  He was my 24th great-grandfather through his son William II Longespée and my 25th great-grandfather through his son Stephen Longespée.

Circa 1176, William de Longespée was born. He was the illegitimate son of Henry II and  Ida de Tosny, who married Roger Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk  (my 26th great-grandfather through their son Hugh) in 1181.

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Marjorie Bruce

On this day, 2 March 1316, Marjorie Bruce died. She was my 19th great-grandmother through her grandson John (who became Robert III), my 19th great-grandmother through her grandson Robert, my 20th great-grandmother through her granddaughter Egidia, and my 20th great-grandmother through her granddaughter Elizabeth.

Marjorie was the only child of Robert the Bruce and Isabella of Mar. On 12 December 1296, soon after Marjorie’s birth, Isabella died; she was only 19.

Six years later, Robert the Bruce married Elizabeth de Burgh. On 27 March 1306, Robert the Bruce was crowned King of Scots at Scone, Perthshire. Marjorie was nine years of age.

In June 1306, three months after the coronation, Robert the Bruce was defeated at the Battle of Methven. Consequently, he sent Marjorie, his wife, and his two sisters north, accompanied by Isabella MacDuff, Countess of Buchan, an ardent supported. Unfortunately, the women were betrayed by the Earl of Ross, who handed them over to Edward I “Longshanks” of England (my 22nd great-grandfather through his son Edward II, my three-times 24th great-grandfather through his daughter Joan, and my 22nd great-grandfather through his son Edmund.)

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