Robert III

Robert III. was the title taken by Robert II.'s eldest son John, in deference to popular feeling. He was born about 1337. The Earldom of Carrick was conferred on him by David II. in Parliament at Scone on 22 June 1368, and on 27 March 1371 he was declared in Parliament to be heir to the Crown. He succeeded his father 19 April, and was crowned at Scone 14 August 1390. His eldest son was appointed King's Lieutenant 27 Janjuary 1398-9, as the king was 'unable to govern.' King Robert married, about the year 1367, Annabella, daughter of Sir John Drummond of Stobhall, who was crowned at Scont 15 August 1390, and died there in the autumn of 1401. He died at Dundonald on 4 April 1406, about the time when his eldest surviving son James was captured by the English, and was buried in teh Abbey church of Paisley having had issue:-
  • 1. David, born 24 October 1378, created Duke of Rothesay 28 April 1398, and appointed Lieutenant or Governor for his father by a General Council at Perth on 27 June 1398-9. He was affianced first to Euphemia Lindsay, sister of David, first Earl of Crawford, and then to Elizabeth of Dunbar, daughter of George, Earl of March, but in February 1399-1400 he married Marjory, daughter of Archibald, third Earl of Douglas. He died without issue on 26 March 1402 at Falkland, and was buried at Lindores. He was popularly believed to have been starved to death by his uncle, Robert, Duke of Albany. His widow married about 1403 Sir Walter Haliburton younger of Dirleton, afterwards Treasurer of Scotland, and dided about 1420.
  • 2. Robert, who died in infancy.
  • 3. James, afterwards James I., King of Scots.
  • 4. Margaret, who was married to Archibald, fourth Earl of Douglas and Duke of Touraine in France. She died before September 1456, and was buried in the church of Lincluden.
  • 5. Mary, who was married, first, in 1397, to George Douglas, Earl of Angus; second, in 1409, to Sir James Kennedy; third, to William, Lord of Graham; and fourth, in 1425, to Sir William Edmonston of Culloden. She was dead in 1458, and was buried in the parish church of Strathblane.
  • 6. Elizabeth, who was married to Sir James Douglas of Dalkeith.
  • 7. Egidia.
King Robert III. had also two illegitimate sons:-
  • 1. James Stewart of Kilbride.
  • 2. Sir John Stewart of Auchingowan and Ardgowan, ancestor of the Shaw Stewarts of Ardgowan and Blackhall.


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