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Mairead inghean Eachann

Latin: Mariota filia Athyn
Also Known As: "Mariot Athyn", "daughter of Eachann", "Mariota", "Margaret Atheyn"
Birthplace: Argyle,Argyleshire,,Scotland
Death: Died in Scotland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Iye (Aodh) Mackay of Strathnaver, 4th Chief of Mackay
Wife of Alexander Stewart, 1st Earl of Buchan
Mother of Margaret Stewart, of Buchan; Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar; Walter Stewart, 1st Baron of Kincardine; Robert Stewart; James Stewart, 1st of Fothergill and 1 other

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About Mairead inghean Eachann

Mairead inghean Eachann (English: Mariota, daughter of Eachann) was the spouse of Alexander Stewart, 1st Earl of Buchan (also known as the "Wolf of Badenoch") and mother of Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar. She is mentioned in the Moray Registrum, which gives her name in Latin and informs us that she came from the lands within the sphere of the bishopric of Ross. She has been described as the Wolf's wife "by Gaelic secular marriage", referring to the fact that the marriage was irregular in church custom and that the Wolf was already married to Euphemia I, Countess of Ross. In 1389, Countess Euphemia, complained to Pope Clement V that her marriage to Buchan was meaningless as the Wolf was cohabiting with Mairead, and the pope subsequently annulled the marriage in late 1392. The Wolf continued his conhabitation with Mairead through the 1390s. The Wolf had seven "bastard" children, all perhaps the children of Mairead. These were the aforementioned Alexander, Sir Andrew of Sandhauch, Donnchadh, James, Walter, Robert, and Margaret (who married the earl of Sutherland).



  • Boardman, Stephen, The Early Stewart Kings: Robert II and Robert III, 1371-1406, (Edinburgh, 1996)
  • Boardman, Steve, "Lordship in the North-East: The Badenoch Stewarts I: Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan, Lord of Badenoch", in Northern Scotland, vol. 16, 1996, pp. 1–29
  • Brown, Michael, "Regional Lordship in the North-East: The Badenoch Stewarts II: Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan, Lord of Badenoch", in Northern Scotland, vol. 16, 1996, pp. 31–53
  • Paul, James Balfour, The Scots Peerage, Vol. II, (Edinburgh, 1905)
  • page 353 of "The Moray Registrum" (Registrum Episcopatus Moraviensis; E Pluribus Codicibus Consarcinatum Circa A.D. Mcccc., Cum Continuatione Diplomatum Recentiorum Usque Ad A.D. Mdcxxiii by Moray, Scot. (Diocese); Innes, Cosmo Nelson, 1798-1874
    • "271. Sententia de Eufamia comitifla de Ros reftituenda marito, et Mariota filia Athyn amovenda. 1389. /. 101."

There is listed another family with two children with the same names as follows


Iye Mac Eth & Conchar MacKay (de Baltrodi) who are listed as being parents of

by Scottish peerage pg. 158-159 appear to be TWO SEPERATE families as follows:

Iye MacEth, who became chamberlain to Walter de Baltrodi

Iye Mor,

Donald, who married a daughter of Iye MacNeil

Iye, lye had issue :

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Mairead inghean Eachann's Timeline

Age 17
Badenoch, Inverness-shire, Scotland
July 1375
Age 19
Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
Age 21
Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
Age 24
Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
Age 26
Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
Age 29
Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Age 52