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, Maurice (Muretach) Earl of Menteith, Sheriff of Stirling
(About 1187-1233)
Isabella Countess of Menteith
(About 1219-1273)


Family Links

1. COMYN, Walter Lord of Badenoch, Earl of Menteith, jure uxoris
2. RUSSELL, John, Sir

Isabella Countess of Menteith 2

  • Born: About 1219
  • Marriage (1): COMYN, Walter Lord of Badenoch, Earl of Menteith, jure uxoris 1 2
  • Marriage (2): RUSSELL, John, Sir after November 1258 2
  • Died: probably before 1273 2

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Isabella married Walter COMYN Lord of Badenoch, Earl of Menteith, jure uxoris, son of William COMYN Earl of Buchan, jure uxoris, Justiciar of Scotland and Sarah FITZHUGH (?).1 2 (Walter COMYN Lord of Badenoch, Earl of Menteith, jure uxoris was born about 1195 and died in November 1258 2.). The cause of his death was horse riding accident or poisoning.

  Marriage Notes:

"Isabella, Countess of Menteith, is presumed rather than proved to have been the daughter of Earl Maurice, and her personality is largely merged in that of her husband, Walter Comyn, who was second son of William Comyn who afterwards became Earl of Buchan." (page 127)

from Scots Peerage (vol 6)

"Walter Cumyn married the eldest daughter and heir of 'Maurice, Earl of Mentieth,' and in her right became Earl of Mentieth."

from Bruces and Cumyns 1 2

Isabella next married Sir John RUSSELL after November 1258.2 (Sir John RUSSELL was born about 1205 and died before 1273 2.)

  Marriage Notes:

"The Earl (Walter Comyn) died suddenly in November 1258, by the stumbling of his horse, which fell upon its rider. So at least it was reported to the English King, but the Scots believed that he was poisoned by his Countess, who survived him. She certainly gave ground for the story by marrying again within a short time after his death, an English knight, named Sir John Russell. This marriage, though made, it is said, with the King's consent, offended the Scottish nobles, who raised or renewed the accusation of poisoning, and succeeded in depriving the Countess of the earldom, and forcing her and her husband to retire to England. They were even confined in prison for some time because of the charge against them. The earldom was given to Mary, the younger sister of Isabella, and Walter Stewart, her husband. Countess Isabella went to the English Court, where Henry III. certified the agreement of 1213, already quoted, and she also appealed to the Pope, Urban IV., who sent a legate to York, to inquire into the matter. But the legate behaved in such a manner as to rouse the indignation and opposition of King Alexander and the Scottish nobles, and the Pope was obliged to remit the case to be settled by three Scottish clerics, who in turn allowed the subject to drop, as it entrenched upon the King's jurisdiction. The Countess and her second husband did not pursue the matter further."

from Scots Peerage (vol 6) 2


1 e-books, Family Records of the Bruces and the Cumyns by M. E. Cumming Bruce (1870).

2 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 6 (1909).

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