People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

William, earl of Mar (d.a.1281)

Biography
William was the son of Donnchad, earl of Mar (d.1242×44) and became fifth earl of Mar upon his father's death, first appearing as such in February 1244. In 1252, he was appointed chamberlain of Scotland, serving until 1255 and then resuming office between 1264 and 1267. William was sheriff of Dunbartonshire. He married Elizabeth (d.1267), daughter of William Comyn, earl of Buchan (d. 1233), by whom he had one son, Donald, who succeeded to the earldom, and perhaps a second son, Donnchad. After 1267, he remarried Muriel (d.1291), daughter of Mael Ísu, earl of Strathearn, granddaughter and co-heir of Robert Muschamp, but they had no children. William died in or before 1281, his son Donald being styled earl of Mar in July of that year. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/18023
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1234 × 1274
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Mar
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Date Short Summary Role Witnesses Source
unavailable Grant of land of Tarland (ABD) at ferme Beneficiary 3/18/16 (St A. Lib., 311-12)
unavailable Gift of land in Dronley (ANG) Grantor 3/18/17 (Erroll Chrs., no. 16)
unavailable Statement concerning the charge against John Russell and Isabella of poisoning Walter Comyn named person (transaction) 2/145/26 (Theiner, no. 237)
1242 Settlement over lands belonging to churches of Tarland and Migvie (ABD) and second teinds of all rents from earl's land Sealer 4/32/85 (St A. Lib., 332-3)
1244 Concession and promise to keep peace named person (transaction) 1/7/306 (RRS, iii, no. 299)
13 May 1247 X early 1257 Correspondence concerning the seal of the earl's father Addressor 3/18/14 (St A. Lib., 362)
1251 X 26 Jul. 1251 Gift of Dronley (ANG) Grantor Alan Durward (d.1275); Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan (d.1289); John de Vaux, knight (fl.1213-55); Robert Menzies (d.1267); Robert Mowat, knight, justiciar, sheriff of Forfar; Robert of Roos (III) of Wark (d.c.1270); Walter Bisset (13C); Walter Comyn, earl of Menteith (d.1258) 3/18/13 (NLS, Adv. MS 15.1.18, no. 68)
26 Jul. 1251 Confirmation of donation William earl of Mar made to Gilbert de Haya named person (transaction) Alan Durward (d.1275); John Balliol (d.1268); Robert Menzies (d.1267); Walter Comyn, earl of Menteith (d.1258) 1/8/13 (RRS, iv, no. 11)
26/Jul/1251 Gift of the land of Dronley (ANG) Grantor 1/8/13 (RRS, iv, no. 11)
2 Jul. 1253 Agreement between Thomas of Rattray and his wife Christina, and Arbroath Abbey named person (transaction) 4/20/37 (Arb. Lib., no. 294)
2 Jul. 1253 Agreement between Thomas of Rattray and his wife Christina, and Arbroath Abbey Sealer 4/20/37 (Arb. Lib., no. 294)
17 Dec. 1253 Statement that Smeaton (MLO) belonged to Dunfermline Abbey Addressor 4/37/3 (Dunf. Reg., no. 83)
20 Sept. 1255 Announcement of change in Scottish council named person (transaction) 1/8/23 (RRS, iv, no. 22)
20 Sept. 1255 X Statement concerning change in Scottish council named person (transaction) 1/26/13 (A-S Relations, no. 10)
unavailable Appointment of bishop of Brechin and dean of Dunkeld as judges delegate named person (transaction) 2/144/21 (Theiner, no. 196)
4 Feb. 1257 Request to have faith in letter bearers Robert de Stuteville and Adam of Morham regarding certain complaints king has against earls of Menteith, Buchan, Mar, John Comyn named person (transaction) Patrick (III), earl of Dunbar (d.1289) 1/8/25 (RRS, iv, no. 24)
28 Mar. 1257 Command to examine forged letters and punish the forger named person (transaction) 2/144/56 (Theiner, no. 196)
4 Oct. 1257 Command to examine witnesses concerning the birth of Morgan, earl of Mar named person (transaction) 2/144/64 (Theiner, no. 203)
18 Mar. 1258 Agreement of mutual confederation and friendship between men of Scotland and Wales; that they shall not make peace with king of England without mutual consent and agreement Addressor 4/42/2 (Foedera, i, I, 370)
6 Nov. 1258 Notification that Gamelin, bishop of St Andrews, and others, have now undertaken custody of the realm of Scotland Addressor 4/42/3 (A-S Relations, no. 11A)
6 Nov. 1258 Correspondence concerning affairs and government of Scotland Addressee Henry III, king of England (d.1272) 1/26/23 (A-S Relations, no. 11)
6 Nov. 1258 Satement concerning government of kingdom of Scotland named person (transaction) 1/26/22 (Foedera, i, I, 378)
1260 Agreement between Lindores Abbey and Jocelin de Balliol named person (transaction) 4/20/42 (Lind. Cart., no. 123)
19 Jun. 1260 Agreement between burgesses of Irvine and Godfrey de Ros named person (transaction) 4/26/12 (Irvine Muniments, i, no. 2 )
6/Jun/1261 Resignation of the lands of 'Steindaf' named person (transaction) 3/167/8 (SHS Misc. xiii, no. 3)
21 Dec. 1262 Gift of the land of Tillicoultry in the feu of Clackmannan Beneficiary Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan (d.1289); Eustace Balliol, lord of Tours (d.a.1276); Gamelin, bishop of St Andrews (d.1271); John Comyn, lord of Badenoch (d.1277); Reginald Cheyne (father or son?); Walter Stewart, earl of Menteith (d.c.1293); William of Brechin, knight 1/8/39 (RRS, iv, no. 41)
10 Nov. 1264 Letter concerning Kildrummy (ABD) and the earl of Mar named person (transaction) 3/630/2 (TNA, SC 8/195/9734)
2 Jul. 1266 Agreement between Alexander, king of Scots, and Magnus, king of Norway Sealer 4/1/3 (RRS, iv, no. 61)
21 Jan. 1268 Receipt of land in parish of Tarland from St Andrews Priory, and grant of 4 marks every year Recipient Andrew de Bethune (Beaton); Donald, earl of Mar (d.1297×1305); Duncan, son of Earl William of Mar; Leo de Normanville, knight; Nicholas of St Andrews, master; Ranulf, chaplain of Earl William of Mar; Richard Vairement, master (fl.1239-68); Thomas of Norham, master; Thomas of Rattray, knight; William of Ruthven, lord of Ruthven 3/18/15 (St A. Lib., 312-13)
23 Jan. 1268 Renewal of the donation of the church of Tarland (ABD) and the church of Migvie (ABD) Grantor Andrew de Bethune (Beaton); Donald, earl of Mar (d.1297×1305); Duncan, son of Earl William of Mar; Leo de Normanville, knight; Ranulf, chaplain of Earl William of Mar; Richard Vairement, master (fl.1239-68); Thomas of Rattray, knight; William of Ruthven, lord of Ruthven 3/18/16 (St A. Lib., 311-12)
23 Jan. 1268 Gift of an acre of land in Migvie (ABD) for a house of the vicar or chaplain; and four acres of land for the vicar Grantor 3/18/16 (St A. Lib., 311-12)


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4 Sept. 1233 X 7 Feb. 1244 Son of Duncan, earl of Mar (d.1242×44) (Familial relationship) subject (relationship) 3/21/66 (Neville, Strathearn, Add. Chrs., no. 7)
1242 Son of Duncan, earl of Mar (d.1242×44) (Familial relationship) subject (relationship) 4/32/85 (St A. Lib., 332-3)
1244 Fidelis (sworn man) of Alexander II, king of Scots (d.1249)(Tenurial & lordship relationship) subject (relationship) 1/7/306 (RRS, iii, no. 299)
13 May 1247 X early 1257 Father of William, earl of Mar (d.a.1281) (Familial relationship) object (relationship) 3/18/14 (St A. Lib., 362)
2 Jul. 1253 Chamberlain of Alexander III, king of Scots (d.1286) (Employment relationship) subject (relationship) 4/20/37 (Arb. Lib., no. 294)
6 Nov. 1258 Lord (dominus) of William, earl of Mar (d.a.1281)(Tenurial & lordship relationship) object (relationship) 1/26/23 (A-S Relations, no. 11)
6 Nov. 1258 Lady (domina) of William, earl of Mar (d.a.1281)(Tenurial & lordship relationship) object (relationship) 1/26/23 (A-S Relations, no. 11)
6 Nov. 1258 Friend (m.) (amicus) of Henry III, king of England (d.1272)(Tenurial & lordship relationship) subject (relationship) 1/26/23 (A-S Relations, no. 11)
6 Nov. 1258 Counsellor of Alexander III, king of Scots (d.1286)(Employment relationship) subject (relationship) 1/26/23 (A-S Relations, no. 11)
21 Jan. 1268 Grandfather of William, earl of Mar (d.a.1281) (Familial relationship) object (relationship) 3/18/15 (St A. Lib., 312-13)
21 Jan. 1268 Son of William, earl of Mar (d.a.1281) (Familial relationship) object (relationship) 3/18/15 (St A. Lib., 312-13)
21 Jan. 1268 Son of William, earl of Mar (d.a.1281) (Familial relationship) object (relationship) 3/18/15 (St A. Lib., 312-13)
21 Jan. 1268 Chaplain of William, earl of Mar (d.a.1281) (Employment relationship) object (relationship) 3/18/15 (St A. Lib., 312-13)
23 Jan. 1268 Grandmother of William, earl of Mar (d.a.1281) (Familial relationship) object (relationship) 3/18/16 (St A. Lib., 311-12)
23 Jan. 1268 Son of William, earl of Mar (d.a.1281) (Familial relationship) object (relationship) 3/18/16 (St A. Lib., 311-12)
23 Jan. 1268 Son of William, earl of Mar (d.a.1281) (Familial relationship) object (relationship) 3/18/16 (St A. Lib., 311-12)
23 Jan. 1268 Chaplain of William, earl of Mar (d.a.1281) (Employment relationship) object (relationship) 3/18/16 (St A. Lib., 311-12)
23 Jan. 1268 Grandfather of William, earl of Mar (d.a.1281) (Familial relationship) object (relationship) 3/18/16 (St A. Lib., 311-12)
20 Nov. 1276 X 24 Jul. 1291 Father of Donald, earl of Mar (d.1297×1305) (Familial relationship) subject (relationship) 3/18/17 (Erroll Chrs., no. 16)


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Date Short Summary Source
17 Dec. 1234 earl of Mar 1/7/220 (RRS, iii, no. 213)
1242 Dominus (Lord/Sir) 4/32/85 (St A. Lib., 332-3)
1244 earl of Mar 1/7/306 (RRS, iii, no. 299)
7 Feb. 1244 earl of Mar 1/7/300 (RRS, iii, no. 293)
7 Jun. 1244 earl of Mar 1/7/305 (RRS, iii, no. 298)
7 Jun. 1244 earl of Mar 1/7/304 (RRS, iii, no. 297)
6 Oct. 1245 earl of Mar 1/7/312 (RRS, iii, no. 304)
3 Mar. 1246 earl of Mar 1/7/314 (RRS, iii, no. 306)
7 Mar. 1246 earl of Mar 1/7/316 (RRS, iii, no. 308)
7 Mar. 1246 earl of Mar 1/7/315 (RRS, iii, no. 307)
26 May 1246 earl of Mar 1/7/317 (RRS, iii, no. 309)
19 Jul. 1246 X 1269 earl of Mar 3/386/23 (Arb. Lib., App. X)
19 Jul. 1246 X 1269 Dominus (Lord/Sir) 3/386/23 (Arb. Lib., App. X)
13 May 1247 X early 1257 earl of Mar 3/18/14 (St A. Lib., 362)
7 Jul. 1247 earl of Mar 1/7/325 (RRS, iii, no. 318)
20 Apr. 1248 earl of Mar 1/7/332 (RRS, iii, no. 324)
21 Apr. 1248 earl of Mar 1/7/333 (RRS, iii, no. 325)
4 Dec. 1248 earl of Mar 1/7/329 (RRS, iii, no. 321)
12 Feb. 1249 earl of Mar 1/7/338 (RRS, iii, no. 329)
1251 X 26 Jul. 1251 earl of Mar 3/18/13 (NLS, Adv. MS 15.1.18, no. 68)
1251 X 1275 Dominus (Lord/Sir) 3/296/2 (Erroll Chrs., no. 10)
1251 X 1275 earl of Mar 3/296/2 (Erroll Chrs., no. 10)
1251 X 1275 knight 3/296/2 (Erroll Chrs., no. 10)
26 Jul. 1251 earl of Mar 1/8/13 (RRS, iv, no. 11)
21 Apr. 1252 earl of Mar 1/8/16 (RRS, iv, no. 14)
23 Apr. 1252 earl of Mar 1/8/17 (RRS, iv, no. 15)
23 Apr. 1252 chamberlain 1/8/17 (RRS, iv, no. 15)
8 Jun. 1252 earl of Mar 1/8/18 (RRS, iv, no. 16)
2 Jul. 1253 Dominus (Lord/Sir) 4/20/37 (Arb. Lib., no. 294)
2 Jul. 1253 earl of Mar 4/20/37 (Arb. Lib., no. 294)
2 Jul. 1253 chamberlain (king's) 4/20/37 (Arb. Lib., no. 294)
12 Nov. 1253 chamberlain 1/8/19 (RRS, iv, no. 17)
12 Nov. 1253 earl of Mar 1/8/19 (RRS, iv, no. 17)
17 Dec. 1253 earl of Mar 1/8/20 (RRS, iv, no. 18)
17 Dec. 1253 chamberlain 1/8/20 (RRS, iv, no. 18)
17 Dec. 1253 earl of Mar 4/37/3 (Dunf. Reg., no. 83)
17 Dec. 1253 chamberlain 4/37/3 (Dunf. Reg., no. 83)
27 Dec. 1253 earl of Mar 1/8/21 (RRS, iv, no. 19)
Oct. 1254 earl of Mar 4/20/39 (Dunf. Reg., nos. 201, 309)
Oct. 1254 Dominus (Lord/Sir) 4/20/39 (Dunf. Reg., nos. 201, 309)
20 Sept. 1255 earl of Mar 1/26/13 (A-S Relations, no. 10)
20 Sept. 1255 earl of Mar 1/8/23 (RRS, iv, no. 22)
4 Feb. 1257 earl of Mar 1/8/25 (RRS, iv, no. 24)
28 Mar. 1257 earl of Mar 2/144/56 (Theiner, no. 196)
4 Oct. 1257 earl 2/144/64 (Theiner, no. 203)
18 Mar. 1258 earl of Mar 4/42/2 (Foedera, i, I, 370)
Oct. 1258 X 17 Apr. 1261 Dominus (Lord/Sir) 3/19/3 (Menteith, no. 6)
Oct. 1258 X 17 Apr. 1261 earl of Mar 3/19/3 (Menteith, no. 6)
16 Oct. 1258 earl of Mar 1/8/26 (RRS, iv, no. 26)
6 Nov. 1258 earl of Mar 1/26/22 (Foedera, i, I, 378)


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1251 X 26 Jul. 1251 Dronley (ANG) Holder (possession) 3/18/13 (NLS, Adv. MS 15.1.18, no. 68)
1260 Land of earl of Mar held of John Balliol Holder (possession) 4/20/42 (Lind. Cart., no. 123)


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Date Short Summary Source
4 September 1233 X 7 February 1244 Gift of land of Beannie (PER) and land next to Beannie 3/21/66 (Neville, Strathearn, Add. Chrs., no. 7)
17 December 1234 Concession to hold lands in free forest 1/7/220 (RRS, iii, no. 213)
18 April 1241 Confirmation of donation made by William Hay 1/7/283 (RRS, iii, no. 276)
8 April 1242 Gift of lands of Cornhill, Ordiquhill, Inchford, Tillynaught, and Rowater 1/7/291 (RRS, iii, no. 284)
9 April 1242 Confirmation of gift made by Constantine of Lochore to his son, Adam 1/7/292 (RRS, iii, no. 285)
7 February 1244 Gift of Mossplatt (LAN) 1/7/300 (RRS, iii, no. 293)
7 June 1244 Gift of site of king's manor house and licence to construct houses or buildings 1/7/305 (RRS, iii, no. 298)
7 June 1244 Gift of site of king's garden at Perth 1/7/304 (RRS, iii, no. 297)
6 October 1245 Confirmation of donation made by William, son of Robert of Scremerston 1/7/312 (RRS, iii, no. 304)
3 March 1246 Command to enforce payment of debts owed to monks of Arbroath Abbey 1/7/314 (RRS, iii, no. 306)
7 March 1246 Confirmation of donation made by Richenda, daughter and Heir of Humphrey Barclay 1/7/315 (RRS, iii, no. 307)
7 March 1246 Confirmation of delivery at feu-ferme made by Richenda to Arbroath Abbey 1/7/316 (RRS, iii, no. 308)
26 May 1246 Confirmation of sale by John, son of Aelbeorht of Roxburgh 1/7/317 (RRS, iii, no. 309)
19 July 1246 X 1269 Sale of lands of Rossie (ANG), ‘Milnetun’, ‘Hulhysham’, Balstout (ANG) 3/386/23 (Arb. Lib., App. X)
7 July 1247 Gift of land of Inverlunan (ANG) in exchange for land of Barburgh (DMF) 1/7/325 (RRS, iii, no. 318)
20 April 1248 Inspection of agreement made in king's presence at Berwick 1/7/332 (RRS, iii, no. 324)
21 April 1248 Concession that no one may take poinds 1/7/333 (RRS, iii, no. 325)
4 December 1248 Concession to hold wood of Leslie in free forest 1/7/329 (RRS, iii, no. 321)
12 February 1249 Inspection of a confirmation of King William 1/7/338 (RRS, iii, no. 329)
1251 X 1275 Gift of right and lordship in land of ‘Rosinclerach' (Rossie, PER) 3/296/2 (Erroll Chrs., no. 10)
21 April 1252 chamberlain 1/8/16 (RRS, iv, no. 14)
21 April 1252 Command to put nuns of Manuel in possession of their revenue from the burgh of Linlithgow 1/8/16 (RRS, iv, no. 14)
23 April 1252 Command to pay £10 annually from Dumbarton (DNB) to Friars Preachers of Glasgow 1/8/17 (RRS, iv, no. 15)
8 June 1252 Confirmation of sale of meadow of Fairnington (Kelso, ROX), called East Meadow ('Estmedu') 1/8/18 (RRS, iv, no. 16)
12 November 1253 Confirmation of forest of Dalquhairn (KCB) 1/8/19 (RRS, iv, no. 17)
17 December 1253 Announcement of resignation and quitclaim of Smeaton (MLO) 1/8/20 (RRS, iv, no. 18)
27 December 1253 Confirmation of donations made to David Graham by several men 1/8/21 (RRS, iv, no. 19)
27 December 1253 chamberlain 1/8/21 (RRS, iv, no. 19)
October 1254 Agreement between Alexander Uvieth and Dunfermline Abbey 4/20/39 (Dunf. Reg., nos. 201, 309)
October 1258 X 17 April 1261 Gift of 20 librates of land in Aberfoyle (PER) west of Forth 3/19/3 (Menteith, no. 6)
16 October 1258 Confirmation of 24s. for homage and service to John Spartunt, burgess of perth 1/8/26 (RRS, iv, no. 26)
22 August 1259 X 1269 Confirmation of Durie in shire of Scoonie (FIF) 3/14/19 (NRS, RH 9/4/3)
23 September 1261 Gift of half acre of land in Newburgh (ABD) 3/12/33 (Abdn. Reg., ii, 276-7)
Friday 31 March 1262 Quitclaim of rights in land of Fowlis in Gowrie (Fowlis Easter, PER) 3/516/3 (Panmure Reg., ii, 82-3)
1263 X 1272 Quitclaim of right to advowson of church of Leslie (FIF) 3/12/32 (Inchcolm, no. 26)
14 February 1263 *Instruction to answer to Soutra Hospital for one thrave of corn yearly 1/8/41 (RRS, iv, no. 43)
19 March 1263 Concession of right to take toll and custom between River Leven and River Devon 1/8/42 (RRS, iv, no. 44)
25 December 1263 Confirmation of church of Collessie (FIF) 1/8/45 (RRS, iv, no. 47)
10 March 1264 *Inspection of charter of Alexander II, granting half chalder of oatmeal from mill of Peebles 1/8/47 (RRS, iv, no. 48)
14 March 1265 Concession to have wood and land of Lindores (FIF) in free forest 1/8/54 (RRS, iv, no. 54)
19 March 1265 Gift of the land of Lour 1/8/55 (RRS, iv, no. 55)
19 March 1265 chamberlain 1/8/55 (RRS, iv, no. 55)
31 March 1265 Gift of £50 from the king's ferme of Tannadice 1/8/56 (RRS, iv, no. 56)
31 March 1265 chamberlain 1/8/56 (RRS, iv, no. 56)
10 October 1265 Command to allow Friars Preachers of Perth to have certain revenues 1/8/57 (RRS, iv, no. 57)
4 March 1266 Concession that Lindores Abbey may have villa called Newburgh (FIF), near Lindores Abbey, in free burgh, and a market in burgh every Tuesday, with liberties of burgh and market 1/8/58 (RRS, iv, no. 58)
20 May 1266 Concession that Soutra Hospital may have their fugitives 1/8/60 (RRS, iv, no. 60)
12 February 1267 Concession of custody of castle and island of Fraoch Eilean (in Loch Awe, ARG) 1/8/64 (RRS, iv, no. 62)
1269 X 3 June 1271 Gift of Turrin by Forfar (ANG) 3/547/78 (NRS, GD 45/16/3036)
28 March 1270 Concession that franchises of Robert de Brus shall not be compromised by his acknowledgement of king's rights in Annandale 1/8/73 (RRS, iv, no. 73)