Comyn
Richard Comyn Justiciar of Scotland
(-Abt 1179)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Hextilda of Tynedale

Richard Comyn Justiciar of Scotland

  • Marriage (1): Hextilda of Tynedale about 1144-1150 1
  • Died: Abt 1179 1

  General Notes:

RICHARD Comyn, son of --- Cumin [Comyn] (-[1179]). The Continuatio of Simeon of Durham records that "Ricardus nepos Willelmi Cumin frater illius Willelmi defuncti" was granted the castle of Allerton in 1144 as part of the arrangements which led to his uncle withdrawing his claims to the bishopric of Durham. He was granted land in Tynedale, in south-west Northumberland, on his marriage, and acquired land in Peeblesshire and Roxburghshire. "R. Cumin" donated property to Hexham Priory, with the consent of "uxoris meć Hextildis", by undated charter which names "fratrem meum Walterum". "Ric Cymyn" donated "ecclesiam de Lyntunruderie" to Kelso monastery, for the souls of "Henrici comitis dni mei et…Johis filii mei quorum corpa apud eos tumulant", by charter dated to [1160], witnessed by "Hextild sponsa mea, Od filio meo…". "Ricardus Cumin" donated [Slapfeld] to Holyrood Abbey, with the consent of "Hestild uxoris mee et heredum meorum", by charter dated to [1166] witnessed by "…Odinello et Simone filiis meis…". William "the Lion" King of Scotland appointed him Justiciar of Scotland before 1173. He was one of the hostages for the performance of the Treaty of Falaise in Dec 1174. "…David Olifard, Philippo de Valoniis camerario, Ricardo Cumyn" witnessed the undated charter under which William King of Scotland granted "unum plenarium tofftum" to Scone Abbey over its territories.

m ([1144/50]) as her first husband, HEXTILDA of Tynedale, daughter of [UHTRED Lord of Tynedale & his wife Bethoc of Scotland]. The proofs relating to the claim to the Scottish throne in 1291 made by "dńi Johannis Comyn" name "Hextilde" as daughter and heiress of "Gothrik", son of "Dovenald filius Duncani filii Erici", and "Willelmo" as her son and heir. However, in the Great Roll, John Comyn traced his descent from Bethoc, daughter and heiress of Donald. This conflict in the claimant's genealogy is suspicious. In any case, the chronology for Hextilda's supposed descent from King Donald Bane is stretched to the limit of credibility. It is suggested that the supposed parentage of Hextilda should be treated with caution. "R. Cumin" donated property to Hexham Priory, with the consent of "uxoris meć Hextildis", by undated charter which names "fratrem meum Walterum". "Ric Cymyn" donated "ecclesiam de Lyntunruderie" to Kelso monastery, for the souls of "Henrici comitis dni mei et…Johis filii mei quorum corpa apud eos tumulant", by charter dated to [1160], witnessed by "Hextild sponsa mea, Od filio meo…". "Ricardus Cumin" donated [Slapfeld] to Holyrood Abbey, with the consent of "Hestild uxoris mee et heredum meorum", by charter dated to [1166] witnessed by "…Odinello et Simone filiis meis…". Hextilda married secondly (after 1179), as his second wife, her second cousin, Malcolm Earl of Atholl. Her second marriage is confirmed by the undated charter under which "Hextildis comitissa de Eththetela" donated property to Rievall Abbey, for the soul of "domini mei Richardi Cumin". "Malcolmus comes de Athoil" donated "ecclesiam de Dul" to St Andrew's priory by undated charter witnessed by "Dunecano comite de Fif, Hextilda comitissa sponsa mea…Henrico et Dunecano filiis meis…". The Liber Vitć of Durham lists (in order) "Hextild, Willelmus, Odenellus, Simon, Ricardus Cumin…", and in a later passage "Malcolmus filius Mal. et comes Athodlie, Hextilda filia Ucthredi uxor eius…".

Richard Comyn & his wife had [six] children: John, Odinel, Simon, William, [Robert] and [Idonea]. 1


Richard married Hextilda of Tynedale about 1144-1150.1


Sources


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

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