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Maldouen of Lennox

Male - Aft 1251


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  • Name Maldouen of Lennox  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 12 Mar 1251  [2, 3
    Person ID I28941  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of GFS, Ancestor of JMF, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2020 

    Father Alwin of Lennox,   b. Abt 1160,   d. Bef 1226  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Mother Eve of Menteith 
    Family ID F17245  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Stewart 
    Children 
    +1. Malcolm,   d. Aft 1 Aug 1248
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F17251  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "MALDOUEN, third Earl of Lennox, who first appears on record in a charter by his father, Earl Alwin, to the church of Kilpatrick before 1199. Between 1208 and 1214 he granted the church of Campsie to the bishopric of Glasgow, and was then son and heir of his father. He succeeded before 10 August 1217, when he, as Earl, bestowed the lands and church of Kilsyth on his sister Eva and her husband. From this date on to 1250 he is frequently found granting charters, chiefly to the Abbey of Paisley. Other grants made by him were those to his brother Aulay of the lands of Faslane, to Gilchrist of the lands of Arrochar, and of the large territory of Colquhoun to Humphrey Kilpatrick. Following the example of King William the Lion, he was admitted into the fraternity of the Abbey of Arbroath, and in recognition of the fact he gave 'his brothers' an alms of four oxen each year, at Stirling, on St. John Baptist's Day, with a promise that, at his death, they were to have twenty oxen. His name and that of his brother Aulay were to be inscribed in the Abbey martyrology, 'that each year at our anniversary we may be absolved in their chapter.' This grant, which was continued yearly until 1317, when it was commuted into a yearly sum of two merks, to be paid at Cambuskenneth, was confirmed on 9 January 1231. He was present at the important treaty between Alexander II and Henry III, affecting the northern counties of England, on 25 September 1237, and he was a surety for the same in 1244. In 1238 he had a charter from King Alexander II of the earldom of Lennox, which his father Alwin held, except the Castle of Dumbarton, with the land of Murrach, with the whole part and the water and fishery of the River Leven, so far as the lands of Murrach extend, which the King retained in his own hands, with the Earl's consent. The last dated charter granted by the Earl was on 12 March 1250-51, containing a general confirmation of his benefactions to the monastery of Paisley. The date of this Earl's death is uncertain. His successor does not appear on record till about 1270. Earl Maldouen married a lady named Elizabeth, to whom he refers as his spouse in a charter of certain lands to the monks of Paisley, dated before 22 October 1228, when it was confirmed by King Alexander II. She is said to have been a daughter of Walter, the third High Stewart, and this is not improbable, as he not unfrequently is a witness to Earl Maldouen's charters, and seems to have taken an interest in the family affairs." [The Scots Peerage, citation details below]

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

    2. [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.

    3. [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.