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  • ID: I18953
  • Name: William 5th Earl de ROSS , Sir 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1249 in Fearn, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
  • Death: 28 JAN 1322/23 in Delny, Ross-shire, Scotland 2
  • Note:
    EARLDOM OF ROSS [SCT] (V, 3)

    WILLIAM (DE ROSS), EARL OF ROSS [SCT], son and heir, was "made erll" on Whitsunday (10 May) 1274. He was one of the magnates [SCT] who, at Scone in February 1283/4, swore to maintain the claim of the Maid of Norway to the Scottish crown; and in March 1289/90 was a member of the assembly of prelates and magnates at Brigham, who urged upon Edward I [ENG] the marriage of the Maid to his son. He swore fealty to Edward, 3 August 1291, at Berwick; in 1292 was one of the auditors named by Balliol as Competitor, and witnessed his fealty to Edward at Norham in November. In 1294 he was among the Scots summoned by Edward (as overlord) for service in Gascony. He took part in the Scottish raid into England, which, in 1296, laid siege to Carlisle and burnt Hexham priory; in April he was among the prisoners taken in Dunbar Castle, and sent to the Tower of London. In 1305 he was P.C. [SCT] to the Lieutenant of the English King, and Warden beyond Spey; in 1306, keeper of the see of Caithness (a). He was amongst the Scottish magnates whom, in May 1308, Edward II thanked for their good service, in a letter which must have crossed, on the road, a plea for help, saying that he and his son Hugh had been obliged to make a truce till Whitsuntide with Brus, who had threatened a descent upon Ross, Sutherland and Caithness. Help from England did not arrive, and in October the Earl did fealty to Brus at Auldearn in Moray. Thereafter he appears to have been loyal to that oath, witnessing an agreement between Scotland and Norway in 1312, and joining in the letter of the Scottish magnates to the Pope, which asserted the independence of Scotland, in 1320.

    He married Eupheme. He died 28 January 1322/3 at Delny (e). [Complete Peerage XI:143-4, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

    (a) In 1306 he violated the sanctuary of St. Duthac at Tain, to seize the Scottish Queen and her daughter Marjory, whom he sent as prisoners to Edward I.

    (e) His 2nd son John m. the younger niece and coheir of John Comyn, Earl of Buchan. On John's death, s.p., a moiety of the Earldom of Buchan came to his nephew, William, Earl of Ross. The Earl's youngest son Walter was a scholar at Cambridge in 1307.




    Father: William 4th Earl de ROSS , Sir b: ABT 1214 in Fearn, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
    Mother: Jean COMYN b: BEF 1214 in Altyre, Morayshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Euphemia (Eupheme) BALIOL b: ABT 1249 in Barnard Castle, Gainford, Durham, England
      Children
      1. Has Children Hugh 6th Earl de ROSS , Sir b: ABT 1275 in Fearn, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
      2. Has No Children Isabel ROSS b: ABT 1280 in Fearn, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland

      Sources:
      1. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
        Page: III:57
        Text: father of Isabel
      2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
        Page: XI:143-4
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