Robert Bruce I, was my 22-great-grandfather.
He was born July 11, 1274 in Turnberry Castle, Ayreshire, Scotland and died June 7, 1329 in Cardoss Castle, Dumbartonshire, Scotland.
He was the son of Robert de Brus VI and Countess Marjory Carrick. As one who fought to unite Scotland and not bow to English rule, he was a warrior, a politician, and distinctly devoted to his family.
From Oxford Bio: “From his first marriage (c.1290), to Isabel, daughter of Donald, earl of Mar, Robert Bruce had an only child, Marjorie Bruce [see under Stewart family (per. c.1110-c.1350)], mother of the future Robert II. His second marriage (1302), to Elizabeth de Burgh, eventually produced four children: Maud, who made a mesalliance by marrying a simple esquire, Thomas Isaac; Margaret, who married the fifth earl of Sutherland; David II, who succeeded to the throne in 1329, and John, who died in infancy. Five illegitimate children are recorded, two sons and three daughters; the elder son, Robert Bruce, was killed at Dupplin Moor in 1332 and the younger at Nevilles Cross in 1346. The surname of Bruce was not carried to posterity by any of these children.”
” In May 1315 the king’s sole surviving brother was declared to be heir apparent to the throne of Scotland, in a drastic reversal of the accepted rules of succession. Almost immediately Edward, a hero of Bannockburn and many other campaigns, led an army of fellow veterans to Ulster. Their purpose was nothing less than to overthrow the Dublin-based English government of Ireland, and to ensure that Edward Bruce became king of that country. Contemporary accounts differ as to whether Edward had been ‘very frequently invited by a powerful man of Ireland’ (Stevenson, 3) to come and be king, or had taken the initiative and negotiated with the Irish chiefs or minor kings to be received as high king. Amid much that is obscure or unknowable are the two certainties: that King Robert strongly supported his brother’s Irish venture and that such co-operation as Edward found in Ireland came almost exclusively from native Irish chiefs, especially Domnall (son of Briain) O Neill, king of Tyrone, hardly at all from English settler families-and emphatically not from the king of Scots’ father-in-law, Richard, earl of Ulster.”
“Robert Bruce, who in later ages became Good King Robert, left a reputation for courage and magnanimity, compassion, fairness in his dealings with friend and foe, sagacity in political decisions, and brilliance in generalship. As far as the independence and survival of the kingdom of Scotland are concerned, it would be hard to exaggerate the importance of his role, even allowing for the fact that he was able to build upon the achievement of Wallace. Barbour’s epitaph may suffice: ‘Better governour than he mycht in na cuntre fundyn be’ (Barbour, ed. Mackenzie, 368).”
To read this Life of the Day complete with a picture of the subject,
They have reconstructed what he might have looked like from a casting of his skull.