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, Fergus Lord of Galloway
(About 1095-1161)
FITZROY, Elizabeth
(About 1105-)
Waltheof of Allerdale
(About 1068-)
Uhtred co-Lord of Galloway
(About 1124-1174)
(About 1125-)
Roland or Lachlan Lord of Galloway, Constable of Scotland
(About 1154-1200)


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Roland or Lachlan Lord of Galloway, Constable of Scotland 1 2

  • Born: About 1154
  • Marriage (1): DE MOREVILLE, Helen 1 2
  • Died: 19 December 1200, Northampton, England 1 2
  • Buried: 1200, St Andrew's Abbey, Northampton, England 2

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  General Notes:

"ROLAND, Lord of Galloway, and latterly Constable of Scotland, was apparently not the eldest son, but appears
as Roland, son of Uchtred (his most common designation), in the charter of Annandale granted by King William the Lion, which maybe dated about 1166, along with his father and uncle. He was also at the Scottish Court in 1180, when he was one of those judges who decided a dispute between the monks of Melrose and Richard Morville the Constable, then or later his father-in-law. He greatly resented his father's death, but appears to have bided his time until the death of his uncle Gilbert, when he rapidly collected a large force, and swept over Galloway, devastating the territory, slaying the richer and more powerful inhabitants, and seizing their lands, where he planted forts to secure his authority."

"He is named as Justiciar, and also as Constable between 1189 and 1198, and he did not neglect the Church, as he founded the Abbey of Glenluce in 1190, besides granting other privileges. The last public act of Roland was to accompany his master to Lincoln, where, on 22 November 1200, King William swore fealty to King John for his English fiefs."

from Scots Peerage

"Roland (Lachlan) was the eldest son of Uhtred, lord of Galloway (d.1174) and his wife, Gunnilda, daughter of Waltheof of Allerdale. Roland had two brothers, one who died in 1185, and Fergus. He married before 1185 Helen de Morville (d.1217), daughter of Richard de Morville, lord of Lauderdale and Cunningham, constable, and with her had five children, Alan (d.1234), Thomas, earl of Atholl (d.1231), Ada, wife of Walster Bisset of Aboyne, Dervorguilla, wife of Nicholas de Stuteville of Liddel and a fifth child who did not survive adulthood. He founded Glenluce Abbey (WIG) around 1192. When his brother-in-law, William de Morville, died in 1196, his lands and office of constable fell to Roland and his wife. He died in Northampton on 19 December 1200 and was buried in St Andrew's Abbey there. R.D. Oram, 'Roland, lord of Galloway', ODNB, xlvii, 606-7; []"

from poms website 1 2

Roland married Helen DE MOREVILLE, daughter of Richard DE MOREVILLE Lord of Lauderdale and Cunningham, Constable of Scotland and Unknown.1 2 (Helen DE MOREVILLE was born about 1158 and died on 11 June 1217 1 2.)

  Marriage Notes:

"He (Roland) married Elena (called also Eva and Hellaria), daughter of Richard and sister of William de Morville, and heiress of both, and through her acquired, at William's death in 1196, the extensive estates of the Morvilles, and the office of Constable of Scotland, for all which he paid to the exchequer the large relief duty of 700 marks of silver. Elena survived her husband, and appears in various transactions concerning her property up to 11 June 1217, when she died."

from Scots Peerage (vol 4)

"He married before 1185 Helen de Morville (d.1217), daughter of Richard de Morville, lord of Lauderdale and Cunningham, constable, and with her had five children ..."

from poms website 1 2


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

2 Internet Site, Roland (Lachlan), Lord of Galloway (D.1200).

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