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(About 1145-)
BISSET, William
(About 1179-)
BISSET, Robert of Upsettlington, Sheriff of Berwick, Sir
(About 1221-1296)


Family Links

1. Christina

2. SINCLAIR, Annabella

BISSET, Robert of Upsettlington, Sheriff of Berwick, Sir 1 2 3 4

  • Born: About 1221
  • Marriage (1): Christina about 1242 1
  • Marriage (2): SINCLAIR, Annabella 2
  • Died: by 1296 4

   User ID: H445.

  General Notes:

"Robert Bisset

2 Aug. 1221 X 8 Oct. 1239

Cognatus/consanguineus (kinsman/male cousin) of Walter Bisset (13C) (Familial relationship)


Cognatus/consanguineus (kinsman/male cousin)


Robert Bisset, knight, lord of Upsettlington


3/90/4 (Kel. Lib., no. 233)


2 August 1221 X 8 October 1239


Death of Richard, abbot of Kelso resignation of Herbert Maunsel, abbot of Kelso Associated People (2)"

from poms website (Relationship factoids)

"The career of the young Earl (Patrick of Atholl) was tragically cut short a few years later, in 1242, after a tournament at Haddington. Some time before this Earl Patrick had, in a tournament on the English border, overthrown Biset (5 Name not given, but probably William.) of Upsetlington, a misfortune which apparently rankled in Biset's mind. He found an opportunity of revenge at Haddington, when after the mimic fight of the day, the Earl of Atholl being asleep in his lodging at the west end of the High Street on the south, a party of Biset's faction slew the Earl with two of his companions, and to hide their crime set fire to the house."

from Scots Peerage (vol 1)


This has been applied to this Robert, and not 'William' as note 5 would have it, on account of the dates, though there may have been another brother named William.
3 5

Robert married Christina about 1242.1 (Christina was born about 1223.)

  Marriage Notes:


Wife (uxor)


Christina, wife of Robert Bisset


3/90/6 (Kel. Lib., no. 240)


23 April 1238 X 7 November 1250




Robert of Paxton not yet Master x Mr Adam of Makerstoun not yet provost of St Mary on the Rock, St Andrews (Watt, Grad., 440, 370)]; poss. before murder of Patrick of Atholl."


23 Apr. 1238 X 7 Nov. 1250

Short Summary

Wife (uxor) of Robert of Upsettlington, sheriff of Berwick (Familial relationship)


subject (relationship)


3/90/6 (Kel. Lib., no. 240)"

from poms website 1

Robert next married Annabella SINCLAIR, daughter of Sir William SINCLAIR of Roslin, Sheriff of Edinburgh, Haddington, Linlithgow and Dumfries, Justiciar of Galloway and Amicia de Roskelyn.2 (Annabella SINCLAIR was born about 1265 and died before 1304 4.)

  Marriage Notes:

"10 April 1288 X 27 April 1296

(dated by) Consecration of Matthew, bishop of Dunkeld death of Patrick Graham

David of Wemyss, son and heir of Sir Michael of Wemyss, knight, has given, granted and by this charter established to Lady Annabelle, daughter of Sir William Sinclair, knight, wife of Sir Robert Bisset, the late knight, these named lands: [lands are named]

to hold for her lifetime, rendering debt, service and custom, and homage to David of Wemyss and his heirs, and 12d. yearly, half at Pentecost and half at Martinmas, for wards, reliefs and all other customs, services and demands."

from poms website 2


1 Internet Site, Christina, wife of Robert Bisset.

2 Internet Site, David of Wemyss knight.

3 Internet Site,, Robert Bisset, Knight, Lord of Upsettlington.

4 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 8 (1911).

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

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