Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan

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Alexander Comyn, 2nd Earl Buchan
Arms of the Earl of Chester.svg
Coat of arms as Earl of Buchan.
Guardian of Scotland
In office
Preceded by Duncan Macduff
Succeeded by James Stewart
Justiciar of Scotia
In office
Preceded by Alan Durward
Succeeded by Andreas de Moravia
Constable of Scotland
In office
Preceded by Marjory Countess of Buchan
Succeeded by John Comyn
Personal details
Born Unknown (circa 1218)
Buchan, Aberdeenshire
Died Unknown (late 1289)
Northern Scotland
Spouse(s) Elisabetha de Quincy
Children Roger, Marjorie, Elisabetha, William, Emma, John, Elena
Occupation Sheriff, baillie
Also served as Sheriff of Wigtown and Dingwall and Baillie of Inverie. Dates of rule unknown.

Alexander Comyn, 2nd Earl of Buchan (died 1289) was a Scoto-Norman magnate who was one of the most important figures in the 13th century Kingdom of Scotland. He was the son of William Comyn, jure uxoris Earl of Buchan, and Marjory, Countess of Buchan, the heiress of the last native Scottish Mormaer of Buchan, Fergus. During his long career, Alexander was Justiciar of Scotia (1258–89), Constable of Scotland (1275–89),[1] Sheriff of Wigtown (1263–66), Sheriff of Dingwall (1264–66), Ballie of Inverie (in Knoydart) and finally, Guardian of Scotland (1286–89) during the first interregnum following the death of King Alexander III. In 1284 he joined with other Scottish noblemen who acknowledged Margaret of Norway as the heiress to King Alexander.[2] He died sometime after 10 July 1289.

Alexander had at least nine children with his wife, Elisabeth, daughter of Roger de Quincy, 2nd Earl of Winchester:



  1. ^ Foedera p228
  2. ^ Foedera, p228


  • Rymer, Thomas,Foedera Conventiones, Literae et cuiuscunque generis Acta Publica inter Reges Angliae. London. 1745. (Latin) [1]
  • Young, Alan, Robert the Bruce's Rivals: The Comyns, 1213-1314, (East Linton, 1997)

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Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
m. William Comyn
Earl of Buchan
Succeeded by
John Comyn
Legal offices
Preceded by
Alan Durward
Justiciar of Scotia
Succeeded by
Andreas de Moravia