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Joan

(1321—1362) queen of Scots, consort of David II.


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B. 5 July 1321, 2nd da. of Edward II of England and Isabella of France; m. David Bruce (later David II), 17 July 1328; d. nr. London, 14 Aug. 1362; bur. church of the Friars Minor, London.

Born in the Tower of London, hence sometimes referred to as ‘Joanna of the Tower’, she was married at Berwick at the age of seven to the son and heir of Robert I of Scotland, but was to spend relatively little time in that country. Driven into exile in 1334, passed mainly at Château Gaillard in Normandy, they returned in 1341, but after David's capture at Neville's Cross (1346), she visited him in the Tower of London, and later resided at Hertford castle for a while. After David's release in 1357, she found a mistress ensconced, so sought refuge at her brother Edward III's court. Her prolonged absence in England affected relations between the two countries, and her childlessness shadowed the succession.

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