EUPHEMIA ROSS, the 2nd wife and only queen of
Robert II, was the daughter of Hugh de Ross, 4th Earl of Ross. She was probably born
between about 1325 and 1330, but this is very uncertain. Her mother was the earl's 2nd
wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir David Graham of Montrose. Euphemia's parents were granted
a dispensation to marry, and a legitimation of past and future children born to them, 29
She had married 1stly, John Randolph, 3rd Earl of Moray, who was killed at the disastrous
battle of Neville's Cross, 17 October 1346, leaving her a childless and vulnerable widow
of, at the most, 21 years of age, and probably rather younger.
She married 2ndly (dispensation granted by Pope Innocent VI at Avignon, 2 May 1355), as
his 2nd wife, Robert Stewart, Earl of Strathearn, who succeeded to the throne as Robert
II, 22 February 1371. She gave him 2 sons and 2 daughters. See: Genealogical Notes page.
She was crowned at Scone by Alexander de Kyninmund II, bishop of Aberdeen, in 1372.
She died in 1387, predeceasing her husband by about 3 years, but the exact date and the
place of her death and burial seem to have gone unrecorded. She must have been a very
good-natured and long-suffering lady, putting up with the numerous and flagrant
infidelities of her royal husband. Her personal charm and beauty may be inferred from the
fact that both her daughters possessed those qualities in a marked degree.
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