|Nicknames:||"Margaret", "Margorie", "Margery", "Margary of Scotland", "Mary of Bruce"|
|Birthplace:||Dundonald, Kyle, Argyllshire, Scotland|
|Death:||Died in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland|
|Cause of death:||Complications of childbirth following successful caesarian operation|
|Managed by:||Sally Cole|
About Marjorie Bruce, Princess of Scotland
Margorie Bruce, Princess of Scotland was born circa 1297 and died on 2 March 1316 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, in childbirth. She was buried at Paisley Abbey, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. (3, 4) She was also known as Margaret and Princess Marjorie of Scotland. From 1315, her married name became Stewart. Marjorie was named after her father's mother, Marjorie of Carrick.
- Parents: eldest daughter of Robert I Bruce, King of Scotland by his first wife, Isabella, Lady of Mar (her only child; she died shortly after giving birth). (2)
- Paternal grandparents: Robert de Brus, 6th Lord of Annandale and Marjorie of Carrick, 3rd Countess of Carrick.
- Maternal grandparents: Donald, 6th Earl of Mar and Helen ferch Llywelyn.(1)
- in 1315 to Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland, son of James Stewart, 5th High Steward of Scotland and Gille de Burgh.
Child of Margorie Bruce, Princess of Scotland and Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland:
- Robert II Stewart, King of Scotland+ b. 2 Mar 1315/16, d. 19 Apr 1390
Her marriage to Walter, High Steward of Scotland united Clan Stewart and the royal House of Bruce, giving rise to the House of Stewart. Her son was the first Stewart monarch, King Robert II of Scotland.
Most sources agree Marjory was born in December of 1296, the same month Longshanks invaded Scotland and took Berwick. As an author, I could hardly write better foreshadowing for the life Marjory would lead. In June 1306, at the age of 9, she was captured at St. Duthac in Tain, north of Inverness, while trying to escape to safety in Orkney. It is all too easy to imagine the terror of a 9 year old girl, separated from her father, who she knows is fighting not just for his kingdom, but for his life, seeking safety in a church with her aunts and step-mother, and seeing armed men storm into what should have been a place of refuge and safety. It is easy to imagine the terror of wondering what had become of her Uncle Nigel who had tried to protect them, still under attack back at Kildrummy; or what would become of Sir John of Atholl, who had whisked them away from Kildrummy for safety, or her aunts and step-mother.
We know that two of the women captured in the church that day–Isobel MacDuff and Mary Bruce, Marjory’s aunt–would spend years living in cages hung on castle walls. Edward I had a similar cage built for Marjory at the Tower of London, but in a rare moment of softness, reconsidered and instead ordered her held in solitary confinement in the nunnery at Watton. There, the young Marjory lived, virtually alone, for 8 years. She was released after Bannockburn in 1314, when she was still 17, in exchange for English prisoners held by the Scots.
The following year, she married Walter, the 6th High Steward of Scotland, who was only 22 himself at the time, but one of the heroes of Bannockburn. She very quickly became pregnant. The following March, she rode her horse in the late stages pregnancy, fell when it reared, and delivered the future Robert II by c-section on March 2, 1316, according to Electric Scotland. (link6)
She died at the age of barely 19, having spent close to half her life in near-solitary confinement. It hardly gets more tragic than this.
- Medieval Lands: Kings of Scotland (Bruce)
- the peerage.com
- The Bruce Children
- Wikipedia: Marjorie Bruce
- History of Paisley: Marjory Bruce
- Women in History of Scots Descent: Marjory Bruce
- Heir presumptive
- Paisley Abbey: Cradle of the Royal House of Stewart
- Sewell's Descent of the Kings of Scotland
- [S323] Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage: founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's The Peerage of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland: David Douglas, 1904), volume I, page 14. Hereinafter cited as The Scots Peerage.
- [S323] Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage, volume 1, page 8.
- [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 209. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.
- [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family, page 214.
- Royal Ancestors of Magna Charta Barons; Page 225; G929.72; C6943ra; Denver Public Library; Genealogy
- The Royal House of Stuart; Page ix; G929.7; A224ro; (oversized) Denver Public Library
-------------------- Robert Bruce, King of Scotland, was born the 11th of July 1274, and died June 7, 1329. He married first Isabella, eldest daughter of Donald, tenth Earl of Marr. Their daughter, Marjory, Princess Royal of Scotland, fell into the hands of the English 1306, and was detained a prisoner in charge of Henry Percy till 1314, when she was conducted to Scotland by Walter, the sixth high steward of Scotland, to whom she was married in 1315. She died in March, 1316. Her husband, Walter, born in 1294, brought a noble body of men to the aid of Bruce. In the battle of Bannockburn he and his cousin, Sir James Douglas, commanded the Third division. The same year he was appointed to receive, on the borders, the Queen of King Robert, Marjory, his daughter, and other illustrious Scottish prisoners. On that occasion he formed an attachment for the Princess. He died April 9, 1326. "Had he lived," says an old writer, "he might have equaled Randolph and Douglas; but his course of glory was short." The only child of the Princess Marjory was Robert Stuart, King of Scotland, born March 2, 1316.
Source: The Descent Of General Robert Edward Lee From Robert The Bruce, Of Scotland. By Professor Wm. Winston Fontaine, of Louisville. (From the Southern Historical Society Papers)
-------------------- Marjorie Bruce or Marjorie de Brus (December, 1296 – 2 March 1316) was the eldest daughter of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots by his first wife, Isabella of Mar, and the founder of the Stewart dynasty. Her marriage to Walter, High Steward of Scotland gave rise to the House of Stewart. Her son was the first Stewart monarch, King Robert II of Scotland. -------------------- Source= http://www.patrickspeople.co.uk/ancestors%20of%20isabella%20gordon/2152.htm