Marie de Coucy

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Marie de Coucy
Queen Consort of Scotland
Tenure 1239–1249
Spouse

Alexander II of Scotland
m. 15 May 1239; wid. 6 July 1249

Jean de Brienne, Grand Butler of France
m. c. 1257; dec. c.1285
Issue Alexander III of Scotland
Father Enguerrand III, Lord of Coucy
Mother Marie de Montmirel
Born c. 1218
France
Died 1285
France[dubious ]
Burial Newbattle Abbey, Scotland[1]

Marie de Coucy (c. 1218 – 1285) was the daughter of Enguerrand III, Lord of Coucy and his third wife Marie de Montmirel (c. 1184–1267). She was Queen consort of the Kingdom of Scotland and a descendant of Louis VI of France.

Biography[edit]

On 15 May 1239 she married King Alexander II of Scotland in Roxburgh. She brought a large train of French followers to Scotland.[2] Two years later, she gave birth to the future King, Alexander III of Scotland. The marriage brought an alliance between the Scots and the Coucy lordship, and for the rest of the 13th century, they exchanged soldiers and money. Her husband died in 1249 and Marie made sure her son was crowned as soon as possible at Scone.[3] Two years later she returned to Picardy, although she would frequently revisit the Kingdom of Scotland. She also visited Canterbury on pilgrimage in 1275–76.

Her second husband was Jean de Brienne, Grand Butler of France, whom she married sometime before 1257. She was his second wife. They had no children together; however, de Brienne had a daughter Blanche by his first wife Jeanne, Dame de Chateaudun.

Marie de Coucy died in 1285.

Ancestry[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Carrick, J.C.The abbey of S. Mary, Newbottle : a memorial of the royal visit1908. pp47-48.
  2. ^ Marshall, Rosalind K. (2003). Scottish Queens, 1034-1714. Tuckwell Press. p. 20. 
  3. ^ Marshall, Rosalind K. (2003). Scottish Queens, 1034-1714. Tuckwell Press. p. 21. 

References[edit]

  • Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis, Line 120-30
  • Joseph Bain (ed) Calendar of documents relating to Scotland, volume 2.
  • Brown, Michael, The Wars of Scotland, 1214-1371, (Edinburgh, 2004)
  • Marshall, Rosalind, Scottish Queens, 1034-1714
Preceded by
Joan of England
Queen consort of Scotland
1239–1249
Succeeded by
Margaret of England