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Patrick of Dunbar

Male Abt 1213 - 1289  (~ 76 years)


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  • Name Patrick of Dunbar 
    Born Abt 1213  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Aug 1289  Whittingham, East Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Buried Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Person ID I27328  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2020 

    Father Patrick of Dunbar,   b. Abt 1185,   d. Aft 28 Jun 1248, Marseilles, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Mother Euphame de Brus,   d. Abt 1267 
    Married Bef 1213  [6
    Family ID F325  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Cecily fitz John 
    Married Bef 1242  [2, 3
    Children 
    +1. Patrick of Dunbar,   b. Abt 1242,   d. 10 Oct 1308  (Age ~ 66 years)
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F16316  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Earl of Dunbar.

      "He was one of the English faction in 1255, in which year he rescued Alexander III from the power of the Comyn family, and was nom., in Sep. 1255, Regent and Guardian of the King and Queen. He held a command against the Norwegians, at Largs, in 1263; was a signatory to the treaty, 6 July 1266, for the cession of the Hebrides and the Isle of Man to Scotland; as also to the marriage contract of Margaret of Scotland with Eric of Norway, 25 July 1281; and again in Feb. 1283/4, to the succession of the 'Maid of Norway' to the throne of Scotland." [Complete Peerage, citation details below]

      From The History of Dunbar, from the Earliest Records to the Present Time by James Miller (Dunbar, Scotland: James Downie, 1859):

      Thomas Lermont of Ersildun (Earlston), the celebrated bard and prophet, (commonly called The Rhymer), visited Dunbar in 1285, and foretold to the Earl the sudden death of Alexander III, who was killed by a fall from his horse on the sands of Kinghorn.

      [...O]n the night preceding the King's death, Thomas having arrived at the castle of Dunbar, was interrogated by the Earl, in the jocular manner he wont to assume with the prophet, if to-morrow should produce any remarkable event, to which the bard, while "coming events cast their shadows before," replied, in the mystical language of prophecy: "Alas for to-morrow, a day of calamity and misery! Before the twelfth hour shall be heard a blast so vehement, that it shall exceed those of every former period. A blast which will strike the nations with amazement, -- shall reduce those who hear it to a state of insensibility, -- shall humble what is proud, and what is fierce shall level with the ground! The sorest wind and tempest that ever was heard of in Scotland." After this prediction, which was left to be fulfilled either by accident or the weather, Thomas retired.

      Next day, the Earl and his companions having continued in watch till the ninth hour, without discovering any unusual appearance in the elements, began to doubt the prescient powers of the soothsayer, to whom it was imagined, the "sunset of life had given mystical lore," and having ordered him into their presence upbraided him as an impostor, and hastened to enjoy their wonted repast; but his lordship had scarcely placed himself at table, and the hand of the dial pointed to the hour of noon, when an express, covered with foam, appeared at the castle-gate, demanding an audience. On being interrogated, he exclaimed: "I do indeed bring news; but of a lamentable kind, to be deplored by the whole realm of Scotland, Alas! our renowned king, has ended his fair life at Kinghorn." "This," cried the prophet, gathering himself up in the spirit of conscious veracity," this is the scathful wind and dreadful tempest, which shall blow such a calamity and trouble to the whole state of the whole realm of Scotland."

      The messenger paused, while the Earl and his companions, rousing themselves as from a dream, beat their breasts in the agony of despair, and acknowledged that the prediction of the Rhymer had been too fatally verified.

  • Sources 
    1. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant ed. Vicary Gibbs, H. A. Doubleday, Duncan Warrand, Howard de Walden, Geoffrey H. White and R. S. Lea. 2nd edition. 14 volumes (1-13, but volume 12 spanned two books), London, The St. Catherine Press, 1910-1959. Volume 14, "Addenda & Corrigenda," ed. Peter W. Hammond, Gloucestershire, Sutton Publishing, 1998.

    2. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    3. [S802] Andrew B. W. MacEwen, "A Clarification of the Dunbar Pedigree." The Genealogist 9:229, Fall 1998.

    4. [S800] The Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of That Kingdom. Ed. James Balfour Paul. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1904-1914.

    5. [S4445] Andrew B. W. MacEwen, "Seven Scottish Countesses, A Miscellany: III. Cristina de Brus, Countess of Dunbar." The Genealogist 17:223, Fall 2003., year only.

    6. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004-ongoing.