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Monday, November 28, 2011

Earl Alexander Comyn & Countess Elizabeth de Quincy

23640740. Earl Alexander Comyn & 23640741. Countess Elizabeth de Quincy

12/6/1214, Alexander II succeeded King William I of Scotland.

~1215, Alexander born in Buchan, Scotland, heir & s/o 47281480. Earl William Comyn & 47281481. Majorie of Buchan.

10/28/1216, Henry III, age 9, crowned king of England.

~1230, Elizabeth born in England, d/o 19989506. Earl Roger de Quincy & 19989507. Helen of Galloway.

1233, Alexander’s father died; Alexander succeeding. (S) POMS.

1234, Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan and Justiciar of Scotland. (S) The Journal of Jurisprudence, V30, 1886, P196.

1237, Alexander, earl of Buchan, with King Alexander II of Scotland at York where he witnessed a treaty with King Henry II. (S) POMS.

[––Elizabeth & Hugh––]

2/1240, Elizabeth married 1st to Hugh de Neville (s/o 19962462). [Ended in divorce.]

1242, Alexander Comyn, the heir of Buchan, and John Comyn the Red, his nephew, are described as the kinsmen of deceased Henry, earl of Atholl on the mother’s side. (S) The Scots Peerage, V1, 1904, P419.

1243, Alexander named Earl of Buchan after the death of his mother.

1244, Alexander II of Scotland invaded north England.

12/1244, Concession and promise to keep the peace sent by Alexander II to King Henry III by the prior of Tynemouth. Witnesses: … Alan Durward, … Patrick, earl of Dunbar, … Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan, … Roger de Mowbray, … “our sworn man” Nicholas Soulis, lord of Liddesdale, … (S) The History of the Province of Moray, Shaw, 1827, P118.

7/8/1249, King Alexander II died; Alexander III succeeding, age 7. Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan, William, earl of Mar, and Robert de Ross were appointed his advisors. (S) The Frasers of Philorth, 1879, P18.

1253-55, Alexander the justiciar of Scotland. (S) POMS.

12/17/1253, Alexander, earl of Buchan, justiciar of Scotia, witnessed a statement of recognition that Smeaton belonged to Dunfermline Abbey, in the presence of King Alexander III.

[––Alexander & Elizabeth––]

By 1254, Alexander married Elizabeth; and in right of his wife succeeded to lands in Fife, Galloway, Dumfriesshire, Lothian, and in England. (S) POMS.

9/20/1255, Announcement of change in Scottish council by King Alexander III to King Henry III; … Witnessed: … [4 bishops, 4 abbots] … [8 earls] … Alan Durward … Roger de Mowbray … John de Vaux … Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan, … Robert of Roos, … Nicholas Soulis, … Margaret, daughter of Henry III, queen of Scots. [Alexander was one of the earls removed from the royal council.]

12/4/1255, Safe-conduct in coming to the king in England for Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan. (S) CPRs.

1256-69, Alexander, Justiciar of the Scotland.

1257, Alexander returned to the royal council.

1257, “Alexander Comyn come de Buchane” witnessd a charter of King Alexander. (S) The Historians of Scotland, V7, 1877, P93.

1258, Alexander re-appointed justiciar of Scotia. (S) POMS.

1258, Alexander’s brother, Walter, earl of Mentieth, died. [Alexander became the patriarch of the family.]

11/6/1258, Whereas … John de Acre, Mary the queen, spouse of the said John, Walter Comyn, earl of Meneth, Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan, William, earl of Mar, Alexander, steward of Scotland, Alan Durward (Hostarius), … have assumed the rule of the realm of Scotland, … the king’s son, the king of Scotland, and the king’s daughter, the queen of Scotland, … (S) CPRs. [Alexander and Margaret, d/o King Henry, both under age.]

4/6/1259, Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan, witnessed an indenture of Hugh of Abernathy and William lord of Douglas. (S) The Kingdom of the Scots, Barrow, 2003, P96.

1260, Alexander signed the agreement by which the Queen of Scots was to visit her father in England.

1261, Alexander de Comyn, earl of Buchan, Justiciary of Scotland, Hugh de Abernethy, … composed a court held at Edinburgh. (S) The Fraser of Philorth, Fraser, 1879, P19.

1263, Alexander the sheriff of Dingwall.

1/2/1264, … suggested to the pope that, although, on the marriage of John and Isabella in Scotland, with the consent of the king, the earls of Mar, Buchan and Strathearn, Alan Durward, and other vassals, took an oath of fealty to them, the said earls and Alan, and …,

1264, Alexander fought in the Hebrides.

1264, Alexander the sheriff of Wigtown.

1265, Elizabeth inherited the manor of Galby when her father died.

1265, Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan, wrote a letter [preserved in the charter room of Slains castle] about a grant of land of Ellon, by the bishop of St. Andrews, for himself and his sons, for life. (S) Buchan, 1901, P444.

2/25/1266, Safe conduct for the envoys of Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan, and Isabel his wife, who are coming to England. (S) CPRs.

7/6/1266, Alexander Comyn earl of Buchan with the earls of Dunbar, Marre, and Carric put their seals on an agreement between the King of Scotland and the King of Norway. (S) An Index, Drawn Up About the Year 1629, 1798, P101.

12/10/1266, Safe conduct for Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan, coming to court [in England]. (S) CPRs.

~1267, Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan, endowed the Holy Rood for the benefit of his sould, and that of the countess Ysabelle, his spouse. (S) Buchan, 1901, P150.

11/10/1268, Alexander Comyn comes de Boyhan, qui Elyzabetham filiam et unam heredum Rogeri de Quency quondam comitis Winton' duxit in uxorem, posuit loco suo … (S) CCRs.

1270, Elizabeth’s sister Margaret de Ferrers, Countess of Derby, resigned the hereditary office of Constable of Scotland to Alexander.

1271, Sisters Elizabeth, Margaret and Ellen de Quincy involved in the election of the prior of Hospital of St. James, Northamptonshire.

10/14/1271, Writ to the sheriff of leicester to enquire what knights’ fees Roger de Leyburn and Eleanor his wife hold as dower of the said Eleanor, of the inheritance of Roger de Quency late her husband, in order that Margaret de Ferariis, countess of Derby, Ellen, late the wife of Alan la Zouche, and Elizabeth, wife of Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan, the co-heirs may know the pourparty which ought to fall to them. (S) Henry III, GBPRO – Probate Records, 1904, P257.

1272, Alan Durward witnessed a charter of Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan.

11/16/1272, Edward I succeeded Henry III as King of England.

3/1273 at Scone, Alexander witnessed a charter of Alexander III of Haughton Stother in free forest. (S) Border Liberties and Loyalities, 2010, P264.

1274-75, Alexander, constable of Scotland. (S) POMS.

12/3/1274, Order … partition to be made of the lands of Eleanor de Vallibus, late countess of Winchester, held in dower of the inheritance of Roger de Quency, sometime earl of Winchester, formerly her husband, into equal portions in the preaence of Margaret de Ferariis, countess of Derby, eldest daughter, … Ellen la Zusche, daughter, … Alexander Comyn, earl of Bouhan, and of Elizabeth, his wife, daughter, … (S) CCRs.

1277, Alexander suspended his suit against Elizabeth’s sister Ellen.

7/4/1277, Alexander Comyn, earl of Boghan, 50 marks fine for a third part of the service of 2 knights' fees. (S) CFRs.

1276, Alexander among 178 barons summoned to Worchester by King Edward I against Llewellyn, Prince of Wales. (S) 13th Century England, Prestwhich, 1999, P210. [Alexander did not attend, paying a scutage of 50 marks.]

1278, Alexander summoned to parliament in England as baron Comyn. (S) The Hist. & Antiq’s of Charnwood Forest, 1842, P14.

1/18/1281, Letters for Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan, and Elizabeth his wife, staying in Scotland, … attorneys in England. (S) CPRs.

4/30/1281, In a full court of the justiciar on the muir of Nigg [Kincardineshire] before the biship of Aberdeen, Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan, justiciar of Scotia, Sir Reginald Cheyne, … a dispute was heard and settled between Arbroath abbey and 2 Kincardineshire landowners. (S) Kingdon of the Scots, Barrow, 2006, P80.

1281, Alexander an emissary in the negotiations of the marriage of Margaret, d/o King Alexander, and Eric of Norway.

1282, Alexander III sent earl Alexander on urgent royal business to the Northern Isles. (S) Medieval Scotland, 1998, P178.

1282, Alexander summoned by King Edward I against Llewellyn, Prince of Wales. [Alexander did not attend, sending his son Roger in his place, sending a letter saying that he was committed to another task.]

4/1282, Elizabeth living.

7/1/1282, Alexander III described Alexander as “our justiciar on the north side of the Scottish seas as far as the remote parts of our islands.” (S) The Kingdom of the Scots, Barrow, 2003, P103.

1283, Alexander enfeoffed his son John with lands in Leicester and Warwick. (S) See son John, 4/19/1290.

1285-88, Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan … Comyn requests . . . for his damages, losses and service, King Alexander having granted him £20 of fee … (S) UKNA.

1285, Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan and Justiciar of Scotland. (S) The Journal of Jurisprudence, V30, 1886, P196.

Aft. 3/1286, Alexander 1 of 6 Guardians of the infant Maid of Norway, appointed after the death of King Alexander III. [Alexander supported the succession of the Scottish crown to Margaret of Scotland.]

11/27/1286, Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan, at Stirling. (S) Robert Bruce, Barrow, 2005, P428.

1287, Alexander Comyn assigned to the abbey of Arbroath a part of his estate lying within his park at Kelly. (S) Buchan, 1901, P429.

1289, Alexander, 6th Earl of Buchan, High Steward of Scotland, died; leaving son John as heir.

4/6/1290, Writ for IPM of Alexander Comyn, earl of Boghan. Leicester: Whytewyk. The manor, whereof he enfeoffed John his son and heir seven years ago and more, with all his other lands in the counties of Leicester and Warwick. … John Comyn his son, aged 30 and more, is his next heir. (S) CIsPM. [In Scotland Alexander held the key castles of Kingedward, Dundarg (Aberdour), Cairnbulg (Philorth), Rattray, Slains, and Ellon, and the castle of Balvenie. (S) POMS.]

(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P59. (S) Chaloner’s Treatise of the Isle of Man, App. D. (S) Paradox of Medieval Scotland.

Family notes:

·         Another son: Roger. Other daughters: Marjory, who was married to Patrick Dunbar, 7th earl of Dunbar; Emma, who was married to Malise, earl of Strathearn; Elizabeth, who married Gilbert de Umfraville, earl of Angus; Elena, who was married to William Brechin; and an unnamed daughter, married to Nicholas de Soulis.

Children of Alexander and Elizabeth: [4 sons, 5 daughters]         

i. John Comyn, born ~1259 in Scotland.

John married Isabel, daughter of Colban, earl of Fife.

4/19/1290, Order to the same to deliver to John, son and heir of Alexander Comyn, earl of Boghan, the manor of Whytewyk and all other lands in the counties of Leicester and Warwick whereof the earl enfeoffed his said son seven 7 ago. (S) CFRs.

Bef. 7/14/1311, John, earl of Boghan, died. [His nieces his heirs.] (S) CPRs., 7/14/1311.

i. Alexander Comyn (11820370), born ~1262 in Scotland.

ii. Master William Comyn, born ? in Scotland.

William, provost of St. Mary’s, St. Andrews.

[His nieces his heirs.] (S) CPRs., 7/14/1311.