Women in History of Scots
Countess Isabella of Mar
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
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
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
Birth 11 Jul
1274, Writtle, Essex, England
Death 7 Jun
1329, Cardross, Dumbarton, Scotland
Countess Isabella Of Mar
MACGYLOCHER, 19G Grandmother
Marriage abt 1295
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