Earls of Angus
Sir Gillbride of Angus [a], 2nd Earl of Angus, b abt 1118, of Forfarshire, Scotland, d abt 1187. He md, abt 1144, Daughter of Gospatric II of Dunbar and (prob) Sibyl Morel.
Child of Gillbride of Angus and Daughter of Gospatric II was:

Gilchrist of Angus [b], 4th Earl of Angus, b abt 1160, of Forfarshire, Scotland, d abt 1210. He md Marjory of Scotland [c] aft 1182, daughter of Sir Henry de Huntingdon, Earl of Northumberland and Huntingdon, and Ada/Adelaide de Warenne.
Children of Gilchrist of Angus and Marjory of Scotland were:

  • Duncan of Angus, 5th Earl of Angus, b abt 1184.
  • Beatrix of Angus b abt 1188. She md Sir Walter Fitz Alan le Stewart, High Steward of Scotland, abt 1202, son of Sir Alan Fitz Walter, High Steward of Scotland, and Eva.

Duncan of Angus [d], 5th Earl of Angus, b abt 1184, d bef 1214. The identity of his wife is not known.
Child of Duncan of Angus was:

Malcolm of Angus [e], 6th Earl of Angus, b abt 1202, d bef 1242. He md Mary de Berkeley abt 1220, daughter of Sir Humphrey de Berkeley, 4th Laird of Gartley, Knight. She was b abt 1204.
Child of Malcolm of Angus and Mary de Berkeley was:

Maud/Mathilda of Angus [f] b abt 1224, Scotland, d abt 1261, prob Northumberland, England. She md [1] Sir John Comyn, Earl of Angus, [2] Sir Gilbert de Umfreville, Lord of Prudhoe, 1243, son of Richard de Umfreville, and [3] Richard de Chilham of Dover bef 2 Dec 1247.

Angus was one of the seven original Earldoms, or "Mormaerships", of Scotland, which roughly represented the seven provinces (each consisting of two districts) of the Pictish kingdom (Alban). Prior to the 9th century, the country north of the Firth of Forth, and Firth of Clyde, was divided by seven brothers. These divisions were (1) Angus, named after the eldest brother, (2) Atholl, (3) Stratherne, (4) Fife, (5) Mar, (6) Moray, and (7) Caithness. Added in the tenth century was Argyll. Each of these rulers were styled "Mormaer", i.e., Great Maer or Steward. By the time of the reign of Alexander II (ca 1115), the Mormaers of most of these provinces occur for the first time as Earls (Comes). Gospatric was one of the seven who did not carry this title, but he became the Earl of Dunbar; the names of the other six Comes, or Earls, were Beth, Mallus, Madach, Rothri, Gartnach, and Dufugan. Dufugan was the Earl of Angus and probably a descendant of Dubucan, Mormaer of Angus in the 10th century. He was probably the father of Gillbride, Earl of Angus.

a. Gillbride, Earl of Angus, was at the Battle of the Standard, 22 Aug 1138, when the Scots were totally defeated at Northallerton (Yorkshire), and was long afterwards one of the hostages for King William the Lion.

b. He succeeded his brother, Adam, the second Earl of Angus, who died in 1198. Gilchrist was a munificent benefactor of Arbroath Abbey. He died between 1207 and 1211.

c. It should be noted that CP states that "it has been said, but this is doubtful, that his (Gilchrist's) wife was Maud, or Marjory, sister of King William the Lion". Other sources state that she "probably did not exist".

d. He died between 1207 and 1214.

e. Witnessed a charter 22 Apr 1231 as Earl of Angus, and called Earl of Angus and Caithness the following year. He was still living in 1237, but died before 1242.

f. Countess of Angus, her father's heir, married John Comyn, who in her right became Earl of Angus; he d s.p. in France in 1242. She secondly married, in 1243, Lord of Prudhoe and Redesdale in Northumberland, Gilbert de Umfreville, who then became Earl of Angus. After his death in 1244/45, she married, thirdly, Richard of Chilham or of Dover, son and heir of Richard Fitz Roy, illegitimate son of King John.

CP: Vol I[141-146], Vol II[474,476], Vol XII/I[382]; AR: Line 121D[30], Line 224[30]; MCS: Line 108[4].
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