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Lord Of Little Dunmow Robert De Turnbridge DE CLARE
(Abt 1070-1134)
Maud De Senlis De ST. LIZ
(Abt 1096-Abt 1160)
Richard DE LUCY
(Abt 1098-1179)
Rohese DE CLARE
(Abt 1075-After 1129)
Lord Baynard Walter Fitzrobert DE CLARE
(Abt 1130-1198)
Lady Of Diss Maud Margaret DE LUCY
(Abt 1125-)
Lord Baynard Robert Fitzwalter DE CLARE
(1154-1235)

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Gunnora DE VALOINES

Lord Baynard Robert Fitzwalter DE CLARE

  • Born: 1154
  • Marriage: Gunnora DE VALOINES
  • Died: 9 Dec 1235 at age 81

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Robert FitzWalter, Surety, 3rd Lord of Dunmow Castle, upon the scutage assessment of Scotland, in the 13th of King John, 1212, had the king’s special writ of acquittal for 63 1/2 knights fees, which were of his own proper inheritance, and a 3rd part which he had acquired by marriage. But the next year, on account of conspiracies with the barons against King John to keep his promises in the matter of proposed statutes, he was forced to flee with his family into France in order to avoid being arrested upon the first disposition of the barons to revolt.

He was charged soon with treason and rebellion and his house in London, called Baynards Castle, was demolished by order of King John. “The primary occasion for these discontents,’ says Dugdale (Sir Win. Dugdale, 1605-1686, noted English antiquary, who published History of Warwickshire and History of English Peerage, and was Norrey King-at-arms), “is by some thus reported, viz., that this Robert FitzWalter, having a very beautiful daughter, called Maud, residing at Dunmow Castle, and King John frequently solicited her chastity, but never provailing, grew so enraged that he caused her to be privately poisoned. She was buried at the south side of the quire at Dunmow between two pillars there.”

Tradition has thus assigned this disgraceful act on the part of King John as the principal cause of his enmity for Robert FitzWalter, which was no less than an attempt to obtain Maud for one of his concubines. But whether this is the truth or not, FitzWalters opposition seemed to be dominated by the desire for the Magna Charta, and his feelings and conduct were engulfed in the agitated sea of history which opened at this period.

To endeavor to win him over to his side King John pretended to admire FitzWalters skill, prowess and valour at a tournament, which took place in Normandy, in France, and making this an excuse, restored to him the whole of his forfeited estates and permitted him to repair his Castle of Baynard in London and other fortresses and constituted him Governor of Hertford Castle in 1214-15. But FitzWalter’s heart was still in the cause of the barons and he was soon in open opposition to the king, while his high rank, tried courage and acknowledged abilities soon gave him a lead amongst his compeers.

We find him, therefore, among the first commissioners nominated to treat with the king when it was agreed that the City of London should be delivered up to the barons and twenty-five of those powerful chiefs should be chosen to govern the realm. The insurrectionary lords subsequently assembled at St. Edmondsbury, and there pledged themselves by solemn oath at the high altar that if the king refused to confirm the laws and liberties granted by Edward the Confessor they would withdraw their allegiance from him and seize upon his fortresses. After which, forming themselves into a regular army, they appointed FitzWalter leader of the barons and General of their army, under the title of “Marshal of the Army of God and the Holy Church,” and, under his command, they eventually extorted the “Great Charters of Freedom” from King John on the plains of Runnemede, when Fitz Walter was elected one of the celebrated twenty-five appointed to see to the faithful observance of those laws.

After the granting of the Magna Charta, when King John endeavored to elude his promises, FitzWalter was one of the committee of the baronial party, which went to France to invite the Dauphin to accept the throne of England, and on this Prince’s coming he, with William de Mandeville and William de Huntingfield, both Sureties, reduced the Counties of Essex and Suffolk to the authority of the Dauphin. Upon the accession of Henry Ill, after the Battle of Lincoln, and the Royal Army was victorious, FitzWalter was made a prisoner with the majority of the barons. And then finding the Dauphin, whom they had attempted to put on the throne, a useless political factor, they dropped him and returned to their allegiance and engaged a ship and took the Dauphin back to France.

In 1218 FitzWalter was allowed to assume the cross and join a crusade. When he took part in the siege of Damietta he returned and died a peaceful death in 1234 and was buried before the high altar of Dunmow Priory. Notwithstanding his enmity to Kings John and Henry III, and the frequent confiscations of his property, FitzWalter died possessed of an extensive estate. He married 1st Gunora, daughter and heiress of Robert, 2nd Lord of Valoines, by his wife Roesia, daughter of William, 5th feudal Baron of Blount, 2nd Rose or Roese.

By 1st wife he had Walter, his successor, Maud, or Matilda, and Christian. Maud, who was poisoned by King John, through her persecution and romantic death, has been the subject of many plays, poems and popular tales, her name appearing under that of”Matilda, the Fair, “Malkin or Maid Marion,” “the Queen of the Mays,” “Sherwood Forest, Mistress of Robin Hood,” or “Robert, Earl of Huntingdon.” (Cokayne’s Complete Peerage, Vol 6, p. 650, says that Robin Hood, otherwise Robin Fitzoath, the famous forest outlaw, popularly ennobled in legend as Earl of Huntingdon, never possessed that Earldom, or any other title of dignity.)

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Robert FitzWalter, Surety, 3rd Lord of Dunmow Castle, upon the scutage assessment of Scotland, in the 13th of King John, 1212, had the king’s special writ of acquittal for 63 1/2 knights fees, which were of his own proper inheritance, and a 3rd part which he had acquired by marriage. But the next year, on account of conspiracies with the barons against King John to keep his promises in the matter of proposed statutes, he was forced to flee with his family into France in order to avoid being arrested upon the first disposition of the barons to revolt.

He was charged soon with treason and rebellion and his house in London, called Baynards Castle, was demolished by order of King John. “The primary occasion for these discontents,’ says Dugdale (Sir Win. Dugdale, 1605-1686, noted English antiquary, who published History of Warwickshire and History of English Peerage, and was Norrey King-at-arms), “is by some thus reported, viz., that this Robert FitzWalter, having a very beautiful daughter, called Maud, residing at Dunmow Castle, and King John frequently solicited her chastity, but never provailing, grew so enraged that he caused her to be privately poisoned. She was buried at the south side of the quire at Dunmow between two pillars there.”

Tradition has thus assigned this disgraceful act on the part of King John as the principal cause of his enmity for Robert FitzWalter, which was no less than an attempt to obtain Maud for one of his concubines. But whether this is the truth or not, FitzWalters opposition seemed to be dominated by the desire for the Magna Charta, and his feelings and conduct were engulfed in the agitated sea of history which opened at this period.

To endeavor to win him over to his side King John pretended to admire FitzWalters skill, prowess and valour at a tournament, which took place in Normandy, in France, and making this an excuse, restored to him the whole of his forfeited estates and permitted him to repair his Castle of Baynard in London and other fortresses and constituted him Governor of Hertford Castle in 1214-15. But FitzWalter’s heart was still in the cause of the barons and he was soon in open opposition to the king, while his high rank, tried courage and acknowledged abilities soon gave him a lead amongst his compeers.

We find him, therefore, among the first commissioners nominated to treat with the king when it was agreed that the City of London should be delivered up to the barons and twenty-five of those powerful chiefs should be chosen to govern the realm. The insurrectionary lords subsequently assembled at St. Edmondsbury, and there pledged themselves by solemn oath at the high altar that if the king refused to confirm the laws and liberties granted by Edward the Confessor they would withdraw their allegiance from him and seize upon his fortresses. After which, forming themselves into a regular army, they appointed FitzWalter leader of the barons and General of their army, under the title of “Marshal of the Army of God and the Holy Church,” and, under his command, they eventually extorted the “Great Charters of Freedom” from King John on the plains of Runnemede, when Fitz Walter was elected one of the celebrated twenty-five appointed to see to the faithful observance of those laws.

After the granting of the Magna Charta, when King John endeavored to elude his promises, FitzWalter was one of the committee of the baronial party, which went to France to invite the Dauphin to accept the throne of England, and on this Prince’s coming he, with William de Mandeville and William de Huntingfield, both Sureties, reduced the Counties of Essex and Suffolk to the authority of the Dauphin. Upon the accession of Henry Ill, after the Battle of Lincoln, and the Royal Army was victorious, FitzWalter was made a prisoner with the majority of the barons. And then finding the Dauphin, whom they had attempted to put on the throne, a useless political factor, they dropped him and returned to their allegiance and engaged a ship and took the Dauphin back to France.

In 1218 FitzWalter was allowed to assume the cross and join a crusade. When he took part in the siege of Damietta he returned and died a peaceful death in 1234 and was buried before the high altar of Dunmow Priory. Notwithstanding his enmity to Kings John and Henry III, and the frequent confiscations of his property, FitzWalter died possessed of an extensive estate. He married 1st Gunora, daughter and heiress of Robert, 2nd Lord of Valoines, by his wife Roesia, daughter of William, 5th feudal Baron of Blount, 2nd Rose or Roese.

By 1st wife he had Walter, his successor, Maud, or Matilda, and Christian. Maud, who was poisoned by King John, through her persecution and romantic death, has been the subject of many plays, poems and popular tales, her name appearing under that of”Matilda, the Fair, “Malkin or Maid Marion,” “the Queen of the Mays,” “Sherwood Forest, Mistress of Robin Hood,” or “Robert, Earl of Huntingdon.” (Cokayne’s Complete Peerage, Vol 6, p. 650, says that Robin Hood, otherwise Robin Fitzoath, the famous forest outlaw, popularly ennobled in legend as Earl of Huntingdon, never possessed that Earldom, or any other title of dignity.)

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Robert married Gunnora DE VALOINES. (Gunnora DE VALOINES was born about 1160.)

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>There Are Many Bruces With Similar Heritage

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Elizabeth De Burgh was only 13 when she married Robert De Bruce. He declared his kingship and the coronation took place when she was only 17. For that era, those ages were not unusual because people usually didn’t live past 40 or 50. /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:”Arial Unicode MS”; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1 -369098753 63 0 4129279 0;} @font-face {font-family:”\@Arial Unicode MS”; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1 -369098753 63 0 4129279 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:””; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;} h3 {margin-right:0in; mso-margin-top-alt:auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; mso-outline-level:3; font-size:13.5pt; font-family:”Arial Unicode MS”; font-weight:bold;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} p {margin-right:0in; mso-margin-top-alt:auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Arial Unicode MS”;} pre {margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; tab-stops:45.8pt 91.6pt 137.4pt 183.2pt 229.0pt 274.8pt 320.6pt 366.4pt 412.2pt 458.0pt 503.8pt 549.6pt 595.4pt 641.2pt 687.0pt 732.8pt; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Arial Unicode MS”;} span.preview {mso-style-name:preview;} p.catlinks, li.catlinks, div.catlinks {mso-style-name:catlinks; margin-right:0in; mso-margin-top-alt:auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Arial Unicode MS”;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} –>

Robert the Bruce and Elizabeth d Burgh,

Elizabeth d Burgh (circa 1289October 27, 1327) was the second wife of Robert I of Scotland (Robert the Bruce).

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (759×1199, 72 KB)From the Seton Armorial in the Nation Library of Scotland (MS Acc. …
Image File history File links Download high resolution version (759×1199, 72 KB)From the Seton Armorial in the Nation Library of Scotland (MS Acc. … Jump to: navigation, search For broader historical context, see 1280s and 13th century. … Jump to: navigation, search October 27 is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 65 days remaining. … Jump to: navigation, search Events January 25 – Edward III becomes King of England. … Robert I, (Robert de Brus in Norman French and Roibert a Briuis in medieval Gaelic), usually known in modern English today as Robert the Bruce (July 11, 1274–June 7, 1329), was King of Scotland (1306–1329). …


She was born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland as the daughter of the powerful Richard Og de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster and his wife Margarite de Burgh (d. 1304). Her father was a close friend of Edward I of England. Jump to: navigation, search Dunfermline (in Gaelic, Dùn Phà rlain), is a town and royal burgh in Fife, Scotland that sits on high ground 3 miles from the shore of the Firth of Forth, northwest of Edinburgh. … Fife (Fìobh in Gaelic) is a unitary council region of Scotland situated between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth. … Royal motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (Latin: No one provokes me with impunity) (Scots: Wha daur meddle wi me) Scotlands location within the UK Languages with Official Status1 English Gaelic Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area – Total – % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. … Richard Og de Burgh, also known as Richard de Burgh, was the 2nd Earl of Ulster, 3rd Lord of Connacht. … Events 20 July – Fall of Stirling Castle: Edward I of England takes the last rebel stronghold in the Wars of Scottish Independence. … King Edward I of England (June 17, 1239 – July 7, 1307), popularly known as Longshanks because of his 6 foot 2 inch frame and the Hammer of the Scots (his tombstone, in Latin, read, Hic est Edwardvs Primus Scottorum Malleus, Here lies Edward I, Hammer of the Scots), achieved fame…


Elizabeth probably met Robert the Bruce at the English court, and they married in 1302 at Writtle, near Chelmsford, Essex, England. Robert and Elizabeth were crowned as King and Queen of Scots at Scone on March 27, 1306. This coronation took place in defiance of the English claims of suzerainty over Scotland, and the new King sent Elizabeth, with other family members, to Kildrummy Castle for safety under the protection of his brother Nigel. Events July 11 – Battle of the Golden Spurs (Guldensporenslag in Dutch), major victory of Flanders over the French occupier. … The village of Writtle lies in Essex, England, just to the west of Chelmsford. … Chelmsford is a town in the county of Essex, in the United Kingdom. … Essex is a county in the East of England. … Jump to: navigation, search Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Density Ranked 1st UK… Jump to: navigation, search Scone is a large village, a mile north of Perth, Scotland. … March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (87th in Leap years). … Events March 25 – Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scotland June 19 – Forces of Earl of Pembroke defeat Bruces Scottish rebels at the Battle of Methven Philip IV of France exiles all the Jews from France and confiscates their property In London, a city ordinance degrees that heating with… Kildrummy Castle is a ruined castle near Kildrummy the traditional Scottish county of Aberdeenshire. …


After the defeat of the Scots at the Battle of Methven on 19 June 1306, the English laid siege to the castle containing the royal party. The siege finally succeeded when the English bribed a blacksmith with “all the gold he could carry” to set fire to the corn store. The victors hanged and beheaded Bruce’s brother, along with all the men from the castle. They imprisoned Bruce’s sister Mary and Isabel, Countess of Buchan in wooden cages erected on the walls of Berwick and Roxburgh castles, and they sent Bruce’s 12-year-old daughter Marjorie Bruce to a nunnery. Due to Edward’s unwillingness to anger the Earl of Ulster, Elizabeth went into house arrest in England. The Battle of Methven took place at Methven in Scotland in 1306, during the Wars of Scottish Independence. … June 19 is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 195 days remaining. … Events March 25 – Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scotland June 19 – Forces of Earl of Pembroke defeat Bruces Scottish rebels at the Battle of Methven Philip IV of France exiles all the Jews from France and confiscates their property In London, a city ordinance degrees that heating with… In the Peerage of Scotland the Kings of Scots have thrice created the title Earl of Buchan. … Map sources for Berwick-upon-Tweed at grid reference NT9952 Berwick-upon-Tweed from across the river Berwick-upon-Tweed, (pronounced Berrick) situated in the county of Northumberland, is the northernmost town in England, situated on the east coast on the mouth of the river Tweed. … Historically, Roxburgh was an important Scottish town. … Margaret de Bruce or Marjorie Bruce (December, 1296 – March 2, 1316) was the only daughter of Robert I of Scotland and his first wife Isabella of Mar. …


Eight years later, after the Bruce had defeated the English at Bannockburn (June 1314), Elizabeth finally walked free in exchange for captured English nobles. The Battle of Bannockburn (June 23, 1314 – June 24, 1314) was a significant Scottish victory in the Wars of Scottish Independence. …


Elizabeth gave birth to two sons and two daughters: John, Matilda, Margaret, and David (the future king David II of Scotland). Elizabeth Bruce died on October 27, 1327 at Cullen Castle, Banffshire and is buried in Dunfermline. Her husband died eight months later. Jump to: navigation, search David II (March 5, 1324 – February 22, 1371) king of Scotland, son of King Robert the Bruce by his second wife, Elizabeth de Burgh (d. … Jump to: navigation, search October 27 is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 65 days remaining. … Jump to: navigation, search Events January 25 – Edward III becomes King of England. … Banffshire (Siorrachd Bhanbh in Gaelic) is a small traditional county in the north of Scotland. …

The above is from NationMaster.com and I believe the information is reliable because it jives with other such history I have studied. DonWhite
See also: Wars of Scottish Independence The Wars of Scottish Independence were a series of military campaigns fought between Scotland and England in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. …


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 I first list two family history centers in Scotland but see my list of many more than that below. The first, on Julian Avenue in Glasgow, is probably owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is free to the public, both members and non-members. The Church’s archives are the most complete in the world. The second, in Hawick, is connected to the Hawick Museum and you should call ahead to see if there is a charge 
 
Julian Avenue
Kelvinside
Glasgow,   G74 2ED
Scotland
Phone: 0141-357 1024
Hours open: Tues 10am-9pm; Thur 2pm-9pm; Fri 6pm-9pm
Notes: By appointment only. Phone before visiting.
(Last updated: November 25, 1997)
 
 
Hawick Museum & Scott Gallery
Wilton Lodge park,
Hawick.  Roxburghshire. Scottish Borders,   TD9 7JL
Scotland
Phone: 01450 373457
Hours open:  Phone for appointment is best otherwise Mon-fri 1-4pm  Sat closed  Sun 2-4pm
Notes: Information on Border family names, monumental/grave transcription books, family network files
(Last updated: October 31, 2000)

The following 16 Family History Centers in Scotland are owned by the Mormon Church and are free to the public.


Aberdeen Scotland
North Anderson Drive
Aberdeen, Grampian, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 122-469 2206
Hours: Wed, Fri and Sat 10:30-3:30; Tues, Thurs 6:30-8:30


Alloa Scotland
Grange Road
Westend Park
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 125-921 1148
Hours: M 10am-12pm; Tu 6.30pm-8.30pm. Other times by arrangment.
Attention: Contact Mandy Watson on 01259 211986 for an appointment


Ayr Scotland
Corner of Orchard Ave &
Mossgiel Road
Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland
Hours: T 10am-1pm, 7pm-9pm; Th 10am-1pm except 1st Th of month


Dumfries Scotland
36 Edinburgh Road
Albanybank, Dumfrieshire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 138-725 4865
Hours: T 9am-3pm, 7pm-9pm


Dundee Scotland
Bingham Terrace
Dundee, Tayside, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 138-245 1247
Hours: T-Th 9am-3pm; W, Th 6pm-9pm; also alternate M mornings & Tu evenings.


Edinburgh Scotland
30A Colinton Road
Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0)131-313 2762
Hours: T 10am-2pm, T 7pm-9pm.
Attention: Use entrance Spylaw Road


Elgin Scotland
Pansport Road
Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 134-354 6429
Hours: W 7pm-9pm; Th 1.30pm-4pm; Sat 9.30am-12pm


Glasgow Scotland
35 Julian Avenue
Kelvinside
Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 141-357 1024
Hours: M 11am-2pm, T 10am-9pm, W 2pm-6pm
Closed: From thurs. 18 Dec. 2008 until sun. 11 Jan. 2009 inclusive
Attention: Please book by telephone before coming


Invergordon Scotland
Kilmonivaig Seafield
Portmahomack
Tain, Ross-shire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 186-287 1631
Hours: T, Th 10am-12pm, 7pm-9pm


Inverness Scotland
13 Ness Walk
Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 146-323 1220
Hours: Mondays: 10am-4pm; (Thurs evenings 6pm-8pm by appointment only)
Attention: please ring for an appointment before calling.


Kirkcaldy Scotland
Winifred Crescent
Forth Park
Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 159-264 0041
Hours: T, Th 10am-4pm; T-W 7pm-9pm; Th 6pm-9pm.


Lerwick Scotland
44 Prince Alfred Street
Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 159-569 5732
Hours: Th 6pm-9pm; All other times by appointment


Montrose Scotland
Coronation Way
Montrose, Angus, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 167-467 5753


Motherwell Scotland
444-478 Orbiston Street
Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 1698 266630
Hours: Wed 7pm-9pm.


Paisley Scotland
Glenburn Road
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 141-884 2780
Hours: T 9.30am-3.30pm; W 10am-1pm; Th 6.30-9pm; Sat 9.30am-2.30pm.


Stornoway Scotland
Newton Street
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 185-187 0972
Hours: W 7pm-9pm; Th 3pm-9pm.
Attention: For appointments, please ring Eric Shaw on 01851 820274

 
 
 
 
 
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>Robert The Bruce’s Genes

>Some time ago I did some family history work under our Murdock line and found we had a lot of Scottish ancestry–the families Stewart, Maddox (yes, Marcia, we’re probably related), Bruce, Campbell and more. Then there it was, the name of Robert De Broos, later changed to Robert De Bruce, the great Scottish warrior/diplomat/landowner/emancipator of the Scots from English rule at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1312. There are a lot of books out on his history and about this magnificent heroic figure in our family history. If you go to downtown Edenborough,Scotland (or is it Eninborgh?) there is a massive statue of Bruce in full battle armor riding his horse.

I could, but I wont’ get into his history. Though just the thought of him–that he’s my 20th grandfather–really excites me. Just to think of this intrepid man is compelling, so it may be worth your while to go to Amazon.com or the library and look him up. I have read Robert the Bruce: King of Scots: Ronald McNair Scott’s wonderful book. I have not read the others: Nigel Tranter’s Robert The Bruce:The Price of The King’s Peace. Nor have I read our cousins’ Charles Randolph Bruce’s and Carol Bruce’s books Rebel King: The Har’ships or Rebel King:Hammer of The Scots.

You can tell by this blog that we’re going to have a very good time. At one very impressionistic time in my much younger life I dreamed, of course erroneously, that if Bruce was my 20th Grandfather I must share at least a little of his genes. I quickly disabused myself of that fantasy. I worked it out mathematically. Go back 20 generations and I have more than 6,000 grandfathers and grandmothers whose DNA is sprinkled very lightly into my gene pool, and there is just as much of each one of these other grand people’s genes in me as Bruce’s. In the Church what I had felt is called pride, so banish the thought.

We are all part of these genes, those who claim his ancestry. But we can thank many others for our genetics besides the good king of Scotland. Our parents, primarily. God bless you ’till the next blog. Meanwhile, don’t ever allow yourself to get bored, and stay interested in something even if a little pride creeps in and you have to catch yourself and repent.

People who have to repent once in a while, as long as it’s not a major sin, seem to live longer than those saints who do not. I guess God is giving us a longer probation here on earth, so buck up. Life is wonderful, so live it as full and as best you can and follow President Hinckley’s advice: “Do your very best, things will work out–they always do.”
Don White