Elizabeth Mure

(c. 1347)

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Da. of Sir Adam Mure of Rowallan; m. Robert the Steward (later Robert II), c.Nov. 1347; d. c.1353.

The Mure family had held the estate of Rowallan in Cunningham (northern division of Ayrshire) from the thirteenth century. Elizabeth bore Robert nine children before the papal dispensation of 22 November 1347 permitted their marriage and, by canon law, the legitimization of their issue. Contention arose later as to whether this legitimization could apply to children born of parents who were within the ‘forbidden degrees’ of consanguinity, implying that their descendants' claims to the Scottish throne were suspect.

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