Marjorie Bruce – The Countess of Carrick

Marjorie, born in Scotland between 1253 and 1256 and died in 1292, was the Countess of Carrick from 1256 to 1292. She is the daughter of Niall, Earl of Carrick and his wife Margaret, the second daughter of Walter, High Steward and Justiciar of Scotland (Panton, 2011). Marjorie is best known as the mother of Robert the Bruce. (Marjorie, Countess of Carrick).

She was first married to Adam de Kilconquhar, who died in 1271 in Palestine during the Eighth Crusade. She was next married to Robert de Bruce, son of Robert de Bruce, Lord of Annandale. While hunting with a retinue of squires and damsels, she encountered Robert de Bruce. She asked him to stay and he declined. Her party surrounded him and she seized his bridle and led him to her castle at Turnberry. Fifteen days later, Robert de Bruce and the Marjorie were married. “The son of this marriage of romantic love was the great Robert Bruce, the restorer of Scottish liberty.” (Graham, Edinburgh)

Marjorie was the great-great-granddaughter of Fergus, Lord of Galloway (Graham, Edinburgh). Her daughter Isabel became the Queen of Norway. Her son Edward became the King of Ireland. Her sons Thomas and Alexander aided their brother Robert in his pursuit of the Scottish crown and were captured and executed as traitors (Marjorie, Countess of Carrick).

Works Cited

Graham, W. (Edinburgh). Lochmaben Five Hundred Years Ago. 1865: Ballantyne and Company.
Marjorie, Countess of Carrick. (n.d.). Retrieved July 16, 2015, from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie,_Countess_of_Carrick
Panton, J. (2011). Historical Dictionary of the British Monarchy. Plymouth, United Kingdom: Scarecrow Press, Inc.

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