English Monarchs
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Robert de Brus, 5th
Lord of Annandale

The Competitors
Robert The Bruce
Isabella of Mar
Elizabeth de Burgh
The Battle of
Loudon Hill

The Battle of

The Heart of Robert the Bruce
Marjorie Bruce
Edward Bruce
The Black Douglas
David Bruce
Joan of the Tower
The Battle of
Halidon Hill

Sir Andrew Murray
Black Agnes
The Battle of
Neville's Cross

The Picts
The Scots
Britons of Strathclyde
Dunadd Hillfort
The Stone of Destiny
Scone Abbey
Monymusk Reliquary Iona Abbey
Dunfermline Abbey
Arbroath Abbey
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Edinburgh Castle
Stirling Castle
Wallace Monument
Crown Jewels
Order of the Thistle


The House Of Bruce


Isabella of Mar

Robert the Bruce and Isabella of MarIsabella of Mar, first wife of Robert the Bruce, was born circa 1277, at Kildrummy Castle, Kildrummy, Aberdeenshire, she was the daughter of Donald, or Domhnall, Earl of MarDonald, Earl of Mar and Ellen or Helen ferch Llywelyn (1246-1295), who was the illegitimate daughter of Prince Llywelyn the Great of Gwynedd and the widow of Mormaer Maol Choluim II, Earl of Fife.

Isabella's father Mar was one of the seven guardians of Scotland, who after the death of Alexander III's heir, Margaret, 'Maid of Norway' believed that Robert the Bruce, Earl of Carrick, should be king of Scotland.

Embarking on a risky strategy, Mar nevertheless saw the advantages of allying his family with the Bruces and the possibility of his daughter's heirs inheriting the throne. He arranged the marriage of his eighteen year old daughter Isabella, heiress to a large section of northeastern Inverness, to the Bruce. Isabella was well educated and was said to have spoken both English and Scots Gaelic. Unusually for the time, legend states that the couple were very much in love. The Earl of Mar was the first to sign over the estates of his family to the Bruce.

Isabella quickly became pregnant after her marriage to Robert. Although she experienced a healthy pregnancy, she died at the age of nineteen, at Castle Cardoss, on the Firth of Clyde on December 12, 1296 soon after giving birth to a daughter, Marjorie Bruce, named in honour of the Bruce's mother, Marjorie of Carrick. Isabella is reputedto have been buried at Paisley Abbey in Renfrewshire.

Six years later, Robert the Bruce married for a second time to Elizabeth de Burgh, the daughter of Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster, and Margarite de Burgh and wenton to win the throne of Scotland.

Isabella's daughter Marjorie, after along captivity in England, married Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland, but died in 1316, like her mother, after childbirth, giving birth to a son Robert Stewart, the future King Robert II of Scotland.