While researching the family tree I stumbled all the way back to the 13th century on my maternal grandfather’s side. There I found many Lords and Ladies and while at my mother’s viewing my uncle said, “So you must have found King Robert of Scotland, huh?” I said, “What?” He said, “Yeah, our many times great grandfather was the king of Scotland.”
Robert the Bruce (11 July 1274-7 June 1329), or Robert I, was King of Scotsfrom 25 March 1306, until his death in 1329.
His paternal ancestors were of Scoto-Norman heritage (originating in Brix, Manche, Normandy), and his maternal of Franco-Gaelic. He became one of Scotland’s greatest kings, as well as one of the most famous warriors of his generation, eventually leading Scotland during the Wars of Scottish Independence against the Kingdom of England. He claimed the Scottish throne as a fourth great-grandson of David I of Scotland, and fought successfully during his reign to regain Scotland‘s place as an independent nation. Today in Scotland, Bruce is remembered as a national hero.
His body is buried in Dunfermline Abbey, while it is believed his heart was interred in Melrose Abbey. Bruce’s lieutenant and friend Sir James Douglas agreed to take the late King’s embalmed heart on crusade to the Holy Land, but he only reached Moorish Granada. According to tradition, Douglas was carrying the heart in a silver casket when he died at the head of the Scottish contingent at the Battle of Teba.
So, between the Baskervilles of England and the Bruces of Scotland, James is bound to own 1/100th of a castle somewhere, right? 😉