Managing the Strathearn estates: the Muschamp inheritance, 1243–1322

Cynthia J. Neville

in Land, Law and People in Medieval Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639588
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653492 | DOI:
Managing the Strathearn estates: the Muschamp inheritance, 1243–1322

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This chapter discusses the medieval Scottish landownership at the level of the aristocracy in the context of a single lordship, examined over the longue durée of the years 1240 to 1322. Around 1243 the Scottish magnate Malise II, earl of Strathearn, married Marjory, daughter of Robert de Muschamp, baron of Wooler in Northumberland. It explains that the match typifies the social currency that marriage represented to high-ranking families throughout Britain in the mid-thirteenth century, in that it allowed Muschamp to associate himself on equal terms with one of the most ancient and respected Gaelic families in the kingdom, and made it possible for Malise to join the exclusive ranks of the Anglo-Scottish border aristocracy. The chapter examines the links, familial, social, and political, that Earl Malise II and his son, Malise III forged with the barony of Wooler in Northumberland.

Keywords: medieval Scottish landownership; aristocracy; single lordship; Malise II; Robert de Muschamp; Malise III; Wooler; Northumberland; Strathearn

Chapter.  15493 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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