by Dr Bruce Durie
The 2014 Bannockburn 700 extravaganzas focussed minds on the Bruce family and the later monarchs of Scotland. What hasn’t been explored are Bruce connections with the other royal dynasty, the Stewarts/Stuarts, and with the Duries.
Robert Bruce was King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329. His first marriage in early 1296, was to Isabella, daughter of Domhnall I, Earl of Mar and Helen, the illegitimate daughter of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth ("the Great") Prince of Wales; she had previously been married to Maol Choluim II, Earl of Fife. This union produced Marjory (1296 - 1316) who in 1315 married Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland, by whom she had one child, who succeeded his half-Uncle David I (see below) as Robert II King of Scots, the first of the Stewart dynasty (1316 –1390, reigned from 1371).