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CRICHTON, James of Frendraught, jure uxoris, 2nd Lord Crichton
(About 1417-About 1454)
DUNBAR, Janet co-heiress of Moray
(About 1426-1506)
STEWART, James II King of Scots
(1430-1460)
DE GUELDRES, Marie
(About 1434-1463)
CRICHTON, William of Frendraught, 3rd Lord Crichton
(About 1443-Before 1493)
STEWART, Margaret
(About 1460-)
CRICHTON, Margaret
(1494-)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. PANTER, Patrick Abbot of Cambuskenneth

2. TODRICK, William Burgess of Edinburgh
3. HALKERTON, George Burgess of Edinburgh
4. LESLIE, George 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife

CRICHTON, Margaret 1 2 3

  • Born: by 1494 2
  • Partnership (1): PANTER, Patrick Abbot of Cambuskenneth
  • Marriage (2): TODRICK, William Burgess of Edinburgh 1
  • Marriage (3): HALKERTON, George Burgess of Edinburgh 1
  • Marriage (4): LESLIE, George 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife before 1 April 1517 1

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  Noted events in her life were:

Remarried: George Leslie, by 21 October 1541. 1 2 4 "Agnes Somerville died about 1541, and after her death the Earl of Rothes was reunited to Margaret Crichton, as appears from a charter granted 21st October 1541 to Norman Leslie, son of George, Earl of Rothes, reserving the liferent to Margaret Crichton, spouse of the said earl; and another of the King's lands of Drumcross in Linlithgowshire, to Margaret Crichton, Countess of Rothes, 21st May 1542...By this reunion with Margaret Crichton the Earl of Rothes had... issue"

from Family of Leslie

Note Considering the number of children, five, supposedly born of Margaret's second marriage to the Earl of Rothes, in October 1541; and considering her illegitimate son, David Panther was legitimated in 1513 and so must have been born before then; and considering she is mentioned in the royal accounts by the year 1405-6; it is more than likely that some, if not all, of Margaret's children with Rothes were born before the actual date of her second marriage and then legitimated by that marriage. Moreover in volume 3 of
Scots Peerage it states that Margaret " ... seems to have died prior to 1546, when Lord Rothes appears as the husband of dame Margret (properly Isabel) Lundy, relict of umquhile David, Erle of Craufurde.' "


Margaret had a relationship with Patrick PANTER Abbot of Cambuskenneth. (Patrick PANTER Abbot of Cambuskenneth was born about 1470.)


  Marriage Notes:

"CRICHTON
..... p. 67, 1. 2 from foot, after ' rothes ' insert * By Patrick Panter, presumably the Abbot of Cambuskenneth, and Secretary to King James IV., she had a son David Panter, who was legitimated 12 August 1513 (Reg. Mag. Sig., 19 January 1539-40), and became Bishop of Ross (Dowden's Bishops of Scotland, 228).' "

from Scots Peerage (vol 9 Addenda et Corrigenda, referring to volume 3 of the same series) 4

Margaret next married William TODRICK Burgess of Edinburgh.1 (William TODRICK Burgess of Edinburgh was born about 1490.)


  Marriage Notes:

"Margaret Crichton married, first, William Todrick, burgess of Edinburgh"

from Family of Leslie 1

Margaret next married George HALKERTON Burgess of Edinburgh.1 (George HALKERTON Burgess of Edinburgh was born about 1490.)


  Marriage Notes:

"Margaret Crichton married ..... secondly, George Halkerton, also a burgess of
Edinburgh"

from Family of Leslie 1

Margaret next married George LESLIE 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife, son of William LESLIE 3rd Earl of Rothes and Unknown, before 1 April 1517.1 The marriage ended in annulment. (George LESLIE 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife was born about 1492 and died on 28 November 1558 in Dieppe, France 1.)


  Marriage Notes:

"George, Earl of Rothes, married, first, the honourable Margaret Crichton, daughter of William, third Lord Crichton of Frendraught, by Lady Margaret Stewart, second daughter of King James III."

"Whether an actual marriage took place between George, Earl of Rothes, and Margaret Crichton, in order to legitimate their previous union, is not stated. It is probable that there were some legal objections to their marriage, as in the charter already quoted one of the conditions required was, that they should get a dispensation if it were necessary. Whatever may have been the cause, the Earl of Rothes entered a process to have his marriage declared null on the ground that he was within the forbidden degree of affinity with the countess, he having had illicit intercourse, before his marriage, with Matilda Striveling, who was related to Margaret Crichton in the second and third degree of consanguinity, thus making him and Margaret related to each other in the same degrees of affinity, and rendering their marriage incestuous and illegal according to existing law. Whatever the facts may have been, the marriage was declared to have been null from the beginning by the ordinary, the rector of Flisk, 27th December 1520. The effect of this judgment was to leave the parties free to marry whom they would, while the issue of their previous union would be considered legitimate, on account of the good faith or ignorance of at least one of the parties. Hence the legitimacy of Norman, Master of Rothes, and of William Leslie of Cairny, was never doubted."

from Family of Leslie 1

Sources


1 e-books, Historical Records of the Family of Leslie 1067-1869 vol.2 by Col. Leslie of Balquhain (1869).

2 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 3 (1906).

3 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 1 (1904).

4 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 9 Index (1914).


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