Annabella Drummond

(c. 1350—1367)

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Queen of Scotland, b. c.1350, da. of Sir John Drummond; m. Robert Stewart, earl of Carrick (later Robert III), 1367; d. Scone, 1401.

The Drummond family rose to prominence in the 1360s as kin of David II's second wife, Margaret, and Annabella was the queen's niece. It was she rather than Robert who corresponded with Richard II of England in 1394 about a possible marriage of their eldest son David with an English princess, and she took a significant part in the Anglo-Scottish courtly interchanges at that time. She strongly supported her son, the duke of Rothesay, against the duke of Albany, and formally (and successfully) complained in 1399 that Albany's deputies were obstructing the levying of the huge pension granted earlier for ‘her adornment and other things necessary for her rank and livelihood’. When Henry IV came to Edinburgh in 1400 to receive Robert's homage, his sparing of the countryside was reputed to have been out of reverence for her. Annabella, ‘faire, honorabil and pleasand’, died at Scone in the autumn of 1401.

Subjects: British History.

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