Isabella, Countess of Fife

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Isabella, Countess of Fife
Spouse(s) Sir William Ramsay of Colluthie
Walter Stewart
Sir Thomas Bisset of Upsetlington
John Dunbar
Father Duncan, Earl of Fife
Mother Mary de Monthermer
Born 1320
Died shortly after 12 August 1389 (aged 68-69)

Isabella MacDuff, Countess of Fife (c. 1320–1389) was a Scottish noblewoman who was Countess of Fife from 1363 until she resigned the title in 1371. She was the only child of Duncan, Earl of Fife, by his wife Mary de Monthermer, daughter of Ralph, Lord Monthermer and Joan of Acre.

In 1332 she and her mother had been captured at Perth by supporters of Edward Balliol. She was sent as a ward to Northumberland.

Her first husband was Sir William Ramsay of Colluthie in Fife, whom she married around 1358. He died soon afterwards, leaving a son, but by an earlier marriage. She was next married, before June 1361, to Walter Stewart, second son of Robert Stewart, later King Robert II. He died without issue the following year, and she was married again in January 1363 to Sir Thomas Bisset of Upsetlington in Berwickshire. He had died by April 1366. She was married for a fourth and final time to John Dunbar, who died before 1371. She had no children by any of her marriages.

Isabel was persuaded to resign the earldom on 30 March 1371 to Robert Stewart, Earl of Menteith (later Duke of Albany), who was her brother-in-law by her second marriage. She died shortly after 12 August 1389 and was buried next to Walter Stewart.

Ancestry[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Grant, Rev'd Alexander, "The Ancient Earls of Fife", in Sir James Balfour Paul (ed.) The Scots Peerage, Volume IV, (Edinburgh, 1907), pp. 13-14
  • Gray, Thomas, Scalacronica (pub. 1911)
  • Boardman, Steve, The Early Stewart Kings, Robert II and Robert III (1996), ch. 1, esp. p. 13 ff.
Preceded by
Duncan
Countess of Fife
1363–1371
Succeeded by
Robert Stewart