Marjorie Bruce

(c. 1295—1315)

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B. c.1295/6, da. of Robert I and Isabella of Mar; m. Walter the Steward, 1315; issue: Robert; d. nr. Paisley, Mar. 1316.

The only child of Robert I's first marriage, and named after her grandmother who had brought the earldom of Carrick into the Bruce family, Marjorie's surrender as a hostage had been a condition of her father's submission in August 1297, though he complied in neither. After Methven (1306), she was sent north with her stepmother and other royal ladies, but was seized at Tain and escorted to Edward I; the order to place Marjorie incommunicado in a cage in the Tower of London, like her aunt Mary and the countess of Buchan (at Roxburgh and Berwick castles respectively), was revoked, and she was sent to the Gilbertine nunnery at Watton, Yorkshire. Eventually exchanged for the earl of Hereford after Bannockburn, she agreed to her uncle Edward becoming heir presumptive (1315), before being given in marriage to Walter the Steward (or Stewart), the younger son but eventual heir of James the Steward. In the fatal fall from her horse in March 1316, she gave birth to a son, Robert (later Robert II), so was the joint founder of the royal house of Stewart.

Subjects: British History.

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