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DE WARENNE, William 2nd Earl of Surrey
(About 1075-)
DE WARENNE, Reginald
(About 1115-)
Ela
(About 1138-)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Duncan 4th Earl of Fife, Justiciar of Scotland

Ela 1 2 3

  • Born: About 1138
  • Marriage (1): Duncan 4th Earl of Fife, Justiciar of Scotland in 1160 1

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  General Notes:

"Sir Robert Sibbald prints a charter of King Malcolm IV. granting to Earl Duncan, with his niece Ada, ' the lands of
Strathmiglo, Falkland, Kettle, Rathillet in Fife, and of Strathbran in Perthshire.' The charter, from the witnesses,
must be dated between 1160 and 1162, but the name of Earl Duncan's wife was not Ada but Ela or Hela,4 as she is so named in a grant which he made to the Abbey of Dunfermline of the church of Calder Comitis, or Earl's Calder, which is confirmed by Ela his wife and by Robert, Bishop of St. Andrews, who died in 1158 or 1159. The terms of the writ by Countess Ela suggest that she was heiress of Earl's Calder. Earl Duncan may have acquired that barony also by his marriage with her. She was, according to the charter quoted, the niece of King Malcolm..."

from Scots Peerage 1


Ela married Duncan 4th Earl of Fife, Justiciar of Scotland in 1160.1 (Duncan 4th Earl of Fife, Justiciar of Scotland was born about 1120 and died in 1204 1.)


  Marriage Notes:

"Sir Robert Sibbald prints a charter of King Malcolm IV. granting to Earl Duncan, with his niece Ada, 'the lands of Strathmiglo, Falkland, Kettle, Rathillet in Fife, and of
Strathbran in Perthshire.' The charter, from the witnesses, must be dated between 1160 and 1162, but the name of Earl Duncan's wife was not Ada but Ela or Hela, as she is so named in a grant which he made to the Abbey of Dunfermline of the church of Calder Comitis, or Earl's Calder, which is confirmed by Ela his wife and by Robert, Bishop of St. Andrews, who died in 1158 or 1159. The terms of the writ by Countess Ela suggest that she was heiress of Earl's Calder. Earl Duncan may have acquired that barony also by his marriage with her. She was, according to the
charter quoted, the niece of King Malcolm, but it has been objected that Malcolm, who was born in 1142, could scarcely have had a niece marriageable in 1160. Yet it is possible that Ada or Ela might be the child of an illegitimate son or daughter born to Malcolm's father Earl Henry, in his youth, as he had at least one illegitimate child, and may have had others."

from Scots Peerage



"The name Ela is rare in Scottish record of the time, but it occurs in a number of English baronial families, where its use may be traced to the marriage of King Malcolm's uncle, William III earl Warenne, to Ela of Ponthieu, daughter of Ela of Burgundy. The name Ela might thus suggest a Warenne connexion, and it is certainly worth noting an association between the two countesses, Ada de Warenne and Ela, in contemporary record, and also that Reginald de Warenne, probably the Countess Ada's brother, witnessed an unprinted charter issued by Earl Duncan II of Fife in favour of the monks of May. It is by no means improbable that King Malcolm should have given a relative in marriage to the earl of Fife, but
her exact identity and relationship to the king are not known for certain, and the. solution of this problem must await further evidence."

from The Earls of Fife in the 12th century
1 3

Sources


1 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 4 (1907).

2 Internet Site, https://www.poms.ac.uk/record/person/84/ Ela, Countess of Fife.

3 e-books, The Earls of Fife in the 12th century by G.W.S. Barrow (1951 Journal of Society of Antiquaries of Scotland).


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