Isabella, Countess of Fife
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|Isabella, Countess of Fife|
|Spouse(s)||Sir William Ramsay of Colluthie
Sir Thomas Bisset of Upsetlington
|Father||Duncan, Earl of Fife|
|Mother||Mary de Monthermer|
|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.
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.
|Ancestors of Isabella, Countess of Fife|
- 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.
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