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Women in History of Scots Descent
Countess Isabella of Mar


Countess Isabella of Mar, 1st wife of The Bruce

Isabella was born to the tenth Earl of Mar, Lord Donald MacGylocher and Helen of Wales.  Isabella was a wealthy young woman at the time of her marriage to Robert Bruce the Earl of Carrick.  Her lands were most of the northeastern section of Inverness.

There is not much information about Isabella but there are certain statements written that quotes her being a very handsome lady.   Legend tells that he loved Isabella.  This was not a common trait in arranged marriages.

Isabella spoke Gaelic and High English.   She was an educated lady of medieval time.  She was married to Robert when she was 18.  The Countess soon discovered she was with child just shortly after their marriage.

Lord Donald was one of the seven guardians of Scotland that believed that Robert Bruce should be the rightful King of Scotland.  He knew the advantage of the two families joining in marriage and bearing an Heir to the Thrown.  Mar was the first to sign over the estates of his family to the Bruce.

Isabella had a healthy pregnancy but she died soon after giving birth to Majorie.  The year was 1296.  Robert did mourn her death for he did not remarry until 6 years later.  Princess Marjory carried on the legacy of the MacGylocher's through the female lines.  These lines lead to the Royal families of Scotland and the Crown.

Robert I, King Of Scotland BRUCE, 19G Grandfather
 Birth             11 Jul 1274, Writtle, Essex, England
 Death             7 Jun 1329, Cardross, Dumbarton, Scotland
 Burial              Dunfermline Abbey

 Spouse           Countess Isabella Of Mar MACGYLOCHER, 19G Grandmother
 Marriage        abt 1295

 Spouse           Elizabeth DE BURGH
 Marriage       1302
 
Countess Isabella Of Mar MACGYLOCHER, 19G Grandmother
 Birth             abt 1277, Mar, Aberdeen, Scotland
 Death           abt 1296
 Father          Donald, 6th Earl Of Mar MACGYLOCHER
 Mother         Helen Of Wales (->1295)

Donald, 6th Earl Of Mar MACGYLOCHER, 20G Grandfather
 Father          William, 5th Earl Of Mar MACGYLOCHER (-1281)
 Mother         Elizabeth COMYN (-1267)
 Marriage      aft 1266

 Spouse          Helen Of Wales, 20G Grandmother
 Death           aft Feb 1295

William, 5th Earl Of Mar MACGYLOCHER, 21G Grandfather
 Death           1281
 Father           Duncan, 4th Earl Of Mar MACGYLOCHER (-1244)

 Spouse          Elizabeth COMYN, 21G Grandmother
 Death           1267
 Father           William, Earl Of Buchan COMYN (-1233)
 Mother          Margaret, Countess Of Buchan (-1242)

William, Earl Of Buchan COMYN, 22G Grandfather
 Death            1233
 Father            Richard, Lord Of Tynedale COMYN (->1177)
 Mother          Hextilda FITZWALDEVE

Duncan, 4th Earl Of Mar MACGYLOCHER, 22G Grandfather
 Death            7 Feb 1244
 Father           Morgund, Earl Of Mar MACGYLOCHER


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