Earl Robert De Bruce CARRICK, VI
- Born: Abt 1253, Annandale, Dumfrieshire, Scotland
- Married: 1271, Castle, Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland
- Died: 14 Jan 1304, , Holy Land, Palestine
- Buried: Abbey, Holme Cultram, Cumberland, England
Another name for Robert was CARRICK Earl.
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Earl of CARRICK.
Robert the Bruce King of Scots, Ronald McNair Scott, Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc, New York, 1982
p9: "Robert Bruce was born on 11 Jul 1274 at Turnberry Castle, of which the remains can still be seen perched on the cliffs which plunge steeply into the waters of the First of clyde. He was the eldest child of a fruitful and happy marriage which had begun in romantic circumstances.
"His father, the sixth Robert of that name, at the age of twenty-four had enrolled in a crusade to the Holy Land under the banner of Prince Edward, soon to become King Edward I of England. Among his knightly companions was Adam de Kilconquahar, great-grandson of Duncan, Earl of Fife. Adam was killed in the Palestine defence of Acre leaving as widow his young bride, already with child, Marjorie, Countess of Carrick in her own right.
"Powerful as may have been the forces which called Adam de Kilconquahar to arms, there must have remained in the mind of the countess a residue of resentment thatt he had so soon exchanged his marriage bed for the wars and when the sixth Robert, after his safe return in 1272, called on her with news of her husband's death it is understandable that in her most vulnerable period of widowhood she should have welcomed the supporting presence of the young crusader in her house."
Kings and Queens of Europe, Genealogical Chart, Anne Taute and Romilly Squire, Taute 1989: "Robert Bruce Died 1295, Son of Robert Bruce Killed 1245 and Isabella Huntingdon Died 1251, Mar Isabel De Clare Died 1254, Parents of Robert Bruce Died 1304, Mar (2) Marjorie Carrick."
A History of the Plantagenets, Vol III, The Three Edwards, Thomas B Costain, 1958, Doubleday & Co
p62: "The thirteen claimants [to the Scottish throne upon the death of the Maid of Norway] were a contentious lot, although few of them had more than a shadowy case...
"The decision lay in reality between two men...John de Baliol and Robert de Bruce of Annandale, although a third candidate, one John Hastings, was in the running briefly. Baliol was a grandson of Margaret, the eldest daughter of David, brother of William the Lion. Bruce was a son of the second daughter, Isabel, and based his claimon being of an earlier generation than Baliol...Bruce acknowledged as his successor by Alexander II when it seemed unlikely that he would have an heir, but the subsequent arrival of a son, who became Alexander III, had nullified that preference. In any event, there was some doubt about the acknowledgement, nothing being on record to prove it had been made..."
"Bruce was the stronger man of the two, but he was getting on in years, a circumstance that was offset by his having a solid male line of succession to offer. He ahd at the time a middle-aged son and a sixteen-year-old grandson, who would become Robert the Bruce, victor at Bannockburn and king and national hero of Scotland. A large group favored the the Bruce claims, known as the party of the Seven Earls, which indicates that the landed interests were behind the lord of Annandale. This constituted a weakness as well, for the Bruces and practically all of their supporters had a strain of Norman blood in their veins. Bruce had extensive estates in England and Ireland, as well as his lands in Carrick from which he derived his earldom. The Scottish people wanted a king with nothing but Celtic blood and undivided sympathies..."
p118: "The family of the Bruces, second choice in that arbitration for a crown, had never been reconciled to the selection of John de Baliol as King of Scotland. The grandfather had died in 1295 and had been followed by his son, the Earl of Carrick, in 1304, leaving the grandson, who is known in history as Robert the Bruce, to continue the family pretensions.
"The Earl of Carrick had been a romantic figure. He contracted a marriage with the widowed Countess of Carrick when she was a royalward, without the king's consent. The story ran that he was hunting on her estates and she saw him there for the first time, falling in love with him so completely and violently that she instructed her men to abduct him. They were man and wifewhen they appeared again in the public eye. Though some skeptics declared this was all a ruse to cover up the fact that Bruce had married her with no regard to the royal wardship, it seems to have been a love match. At any rate, they brought into the world five sons, four of whom were destined to die violently in the struggle for Scottish freedom, and five daughters, all of whom married husbands of high lineage..."
World Ancestral Chart No. 10002 Patricia (Downey) Adams Ancestors of Warren Cash 1760.
World Ancestral Chart No. 31759 Ancestors of Warren Cash 1760.
Robert married Countess Margaret CARRICK, daughter of Earl Neil CARRICK and Countess Margaret Stewart CARRICK, in 1271 in Castle, Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland. (Countess Margaret CARRICK was born about 1252 in Carrick, Galloway, Wigtownshire, Scotland and died before 27 Oct 1292.)