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Richard Comyn Justiciar of Scotland
(-Abt 1179)
Hextilda of Tynedale
Fergus of Buchan Earl of Buchan
(-Bef 1210)
William Comyn Earl of Buchan
Margaret of Buchan Countess of Buchan
(-Between 1242/1244)
Alexander Comyn Earl of Buchan
(-Between 1290/1290)


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1. Elizabeth de Quincy

Alexander Comyn Earl of Buchan

  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth de Quincy 1
  • Died: Between 1 Jan 1290 and 5 Apr 1290 1 2

  General Notes:

ALEXANDER Comyn, son of WILLIAM Comyn Earl of Buchan & his second wife Margaret Ctss of Buchan (-[1 Jan/5 Apr] 1290). Andrew Wyntoun's Cronykil names "Alysawndyr that Erle wes off Buchane" as "the thryd brothyr" of "Rychard and Waltyre", sons of "Willame Cwmyn". He succeeded his mother in [1244] as Earl of Buchan. "Alex Cumyn comes de Buchan" confirmed the donation of property in "Inuerinhe" made by "bone memorie Willi patris nostri et Margarie matris nostre" to St Andrew's priory, by undated charter witnessed by "…Jacobo de Lascelles…". He was appointed Justiciar of Scotland 1251-1255 and 1257-1289. He succeeded to the office of Constable of Scotland in 1270, de iure uxoris, on the resignation of Margaret Ctss of Derby his wife's sister. He was one of the six Guardians on the death of Alexander III King of Scotland.

m ELIZABETH de Quincy, daughter of ROGER de Quincy Earl of Winchester & his first wife Helen of Galloway (-after Apr 1282). The Annales Londonienses name "Margarete countesse de Ferreres et Eleyne la Zusche et la countesse de Bougham" as the three daughters of "Eleyn countesse de Wynton". A charter dated 3 Dec 1274 records the partition of the lands "lately held in dower by Alianora de Vaux late countess of Wynton widow of the said Roger" agreed by "Alexander Comyn earl of Buchan and Elizabeth his wife the third daughter of Roger [de Quency earl of Wynton]" for her part of the lands.

Earl Alexander & his wife had nine children: John, Roger, Alexander, William, Marjory, Agnes, Elizabeth, Helen and Margaret. 1


• Inquisition, 6 Apr 1290. 2 753. Alexander Comyn, earl of Boghan.

Writ, 6 April, 18 Edw. I. Leicester. Inq. 14 April, 18 Edw. I. Whytewyk. The manor, whereof he enfeoffed John his son and heir seven years ago and more, with all his other lands in the counties of Leicester and Warwick, to be held of him by service of ˝ knight's fee. He held nothing in his demesne as of fee on the day he died of the king in chief. John Comyn his son, aged 30 and more, is his next heir.

C. Edw. I. File 56. (9.)

Alexander married Elizabeth de Quincy, daughter of Roger de Quincy 2nd Earl of Winchester and Helen of Galloway.1


1 Charles Cawley, <i>Medieval Lands</i>.

2 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 2 Edward I: 457-467.

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