People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Christiana or Christina Bruce, countess of Dunbar

Biography
Christina was married first to William Bruce, lord of Annandale; later she was second wife of Earl Patrick (d.1232). On Countess Christina, see Andrew B.W. MacEwen, ‘Seven Scottish Countesses: A Miscellany. III. Christina de Brus, Countess of Dunbar’, The Genealogist, Fall 2003, 223-33. Christina was first wife of William de Brus, who died × 1212; and secondly wife of Earl Patrick (I) of Dunbar, who died in 1232. Christina was thus the stepmother of Earl Patrick (II). MacEwen suggests persuasively that Countess Christina was a daughter of Walter son of Alan (I) the steward and a sister of Alan the steward. This is based on the evidence that Birkenside (BWK), which was held by Walter son of Alan the steward, was later part of the marriage portion of Countess Euphemia, wife of Earl Patrick (II) [see 3/15/74 below]. MacEwen suggests that Christina inherited Birkenside from her putative father, Walter son of Alan (I), and that Euphemia was her daughter with William de Brus. Thus, Christina, who married secondly Earl Patrick (I) of Dunbar, apparently had a daughter from her previous marriage, Euphemia de Brus, who married Earl Patrick (I)’s son from a previous marriage, Earl Patrick (II). Thus Countess Christina appears to have been both stepmother and mother-in-law to Earl Patrick II. See also Andrew B.W. MacEwen, ‘A Clarification of the Dunbar Pedigree’, The Genealogist, vol. 9, no. 2 (1988), 229-41
Floruits
1194 × 1240
Related Place
Dunbar
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Date Short Summary Role Source
1194 X 16 Jul. 1212 Wife (uxor) of William Bruce (d.1211/12) (Familial relationship) subject (relationship) 3/106/13 (Guis. Cart., no. 1176)
1207 X 5 Aug. 1213 Wife (uxor) of Patrick, earl of Dunbar (d.1232) (Familial relationship) subject (relationship) 3/15/37 (Melr. Lib., no. 48)


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Date Short Summary Source
1207 X 5 Aug. 1213 countess 3/15/37 (Melr. Lib., no. 48)
22 Jan. 1240 X Nov. 1248 countess of Dunbar 3/15/52 (Yester Writs, no. 14)


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Date Short Summary Role Source
22 Jan. 1240 X Nov. 1248 House in Dunbar (ELO) for Trinitarians Holder (possession) 3/15/52 (Yester Writs, no. 14)


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Date Short Summary Role Source
1207 X 5 August 1213 Gift of ploughgate near Greenlaw (BWK) Pro salute 3/15/37 (Melr. Lib., no. 48)

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Date Short Summary Source
1194 X 16 July 1212 Renewal of churches in DMF given by Robert Bruce 3/106/13 (Guis. Cart., no. 1176)