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, Roland or Lachlan Lord of Galloway, Constable of Scotland
(About 1154-1200)
(About 1158-1217)
David 8th Earl of Huntingdon
(About 1144-1219)
Maud of Chester
Alan Lord of Galloway, Constable of Scotland
(About 1178-1234)
Margaret of Huntingdon
(About 1193-)
Devorguilla of Galloway
(About 1217-1290)


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1. BALLIOL, John Lord of Barnard Castle

Devorguilla of Galloway 1 2

  • Born: About 1217
  • Marriage (1): BALLIOL, John Lord of Barnard Castle in 1233 1 2 3
  • Died: 28 January 1290, Barnard Castle, County Durham, England 3
  • Buried: New or 'Sweetheart' Abbey, Dumfriesshire, Scotland 3

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  General Notes:

"Dervorguilla was the younger daughter of Alan, lord of Galloway (d.1234) from his marriage to Margaret, daughter of David, earl of Huntingdon. She married John (I) Balliol, lord of Barnard Castle, in 1233 and by the 1240s the family had inherited large shares of the Huntingdon and Galloway estates, including lands scattered throughout Ayrshire, Lauderdale, Cunninghame, the Garioch, Fife, Lothian, and, in England, estates in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cumberland, Westmorland and Middlesex. The couple had eight children, four sons (Hugh (d.1271), Alan (d.a.1271), Alexander (d.1278), John (d.1314)) and four daughters (Margaret, Cecily, Eleanor, Ada). Dervorguilla is well-known for her foundation of Sweetheart Abbey (1273) near Dumfries, and for the completion of the foundation of Balliol College (1282), begun by her husband in the 1260s. She died on 28 January 1290 at Barnard Castle in County Durham and was buried at Sweetheart with the heart of her husband. A. Beam, The Balliol Dynasty, 1210-1364 (Edinburgh, 2008); G.P. Stell, 'Dervorguilla de Balliol, lady of Galloway', ODNB, iii, 601-02; []"

from poms website 3

Devorguilla married John BALLIOL Lord of Barnard Castle, son of Hugh BALLIOL Lord of Barnard Castle, Durham and Unknown, in 1233.1 2 3 (John BALLIOL Lord of Barnard Castle was born before 1208 and died by 24 October 1268 2.)

  Marriage Notes:

"Her (Margaret of Huntingdon's) third daughter, Devorgilla, was married to John Baliol of Barnard Castle, and had with other issue :

(i) JOHN BALIOL, who was a Competitor in 1291, and afterwards King of Scotland, (ii) Alianora, was married to John Comyn of Badenoch and Tynedale."

from Scots Peerage (vol 1)

" In 1233 he married Dervorguilla, daughter of Alan, lord of Galloway, which brought him vast lands throughout Scotland and England. "

from poms website 1 2


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

2 Internet Site, John Balliol (D.1268).

3 Internet Site, Deveorguilla (Balliol) of Galloway (D.1290).

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