Talk:Competitors for the Crown of Scotland

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Edward's claim[edit]

While the Competitors article was good, it was mistaken when it said King Edward I of England had no claim on the Scots throne, in fact, his claim was superior to that of John the Black Comyn, He descending from King Malcolm III`s daughter Edith, wife of King Henry I of England, their daughter Maud was the mother of Henry II, grandmother of John, Great Grandmother of Henry III, and 2nd Great Grandmother of Edward I.

Lack of Summary[edit]

The article lacks any kind of synopsis, and instead has, as an introduction, something that approximates a "Hollywood" teaser trailer. The introductory two paragraphs should condense the essential elements of the article.50n0m4 01:54, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

Agreed. This is not your average Wiki article as it defies the standard layout. I hope to amend in the near future if I have time in my busy life. Pericles of AthensTalk 15:14, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Removing the fathers' names from the claimants section[edit]

Recently, User:Surtsicna has removed the names of all the fathers of the claimants to the throne of Scotland. I found this to be an odd move, not only because patrilineal descent was so important to making claims to birthright and property in the medieval world, but also because it would be odd to list only one of their parents and not the other. In fact, both matrilineal and patrilineal lines were used by medieval rulers and nobles to make arguments about birthrights to feudal lands and properties. It wouldn't take one long to realize this after merely reading this article, let alone making a thorough examination of the historical record.

I invite Surtsicna to make a rebuttal, but I would ask that this issue be discussed first before making another radical cutting of arguably relevant information from the article.Pericles of AthensTalk 15:14, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Well, I would first like to ask why you reverted all of my edits, including improvements of grammar, style and orthography? Now, the fact that one of Floris V of Holland's great-great-grandfathers was Floris III of Holland has absolutely nothing to do with Floris V's claim to the crown of Scotland. Absolutely nothing. The fact that one of his ancestresses was Ada of Scotland is relevant, though. The fact that she was the wife of Floris III of Holland is again irrelevant. If you take a closer look, you will see that:

  1. I did not "remove the names of all the fathers of the claimants to the throne of Scotland." That would have been absurd. Floris V's father is there, as are the fathers of 6 other claimants. They are there because the claimants derived their claim through their paternal family.
  2. In many cases listed here, patrilineal descent is clearly irrelevant. Nicholas de Soules (#8) claimed the crown as a purely matrilineal descendant, while many others traced their royal descent through at least one woman.
  3. None of these men used "both matrilineal and patrilineal lines" to claim Scotland. Each one derived their claim through one specific line, often neither patrilineal nor matrilineal but cognatic. That one line should be explained. Other lines are irrelevant. The fact that one of Floris V of Holland's great-great-grandfathers was Floris III of Holland is as relevant as the fact that another of his great-great-grandfathers was Valdemar I of Denmark.
  4. The claimants did not have both their parents/grandparents listed. They only had their fathers and grandfathers listed, unless they derived their claim through their mother or grandmother, in which case both were listed. That is absurd, lest I say sexist. Why list one person's irrelevant grandfather but omit another's irrelevant mother? Surtsicna (talk) 16:48, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
I reverted all of your edits because your improvements to the article's grammar were nonetheless tied up with your edits that removed names from the article. It was impossible to divorce the two. That said, your argument is fairly sound and I think you've convinced me here until I can find a reason otherwise to include the omitted names. Cheers. Pericles of AthensTalk 16:22, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford[edit]

For Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford the article says "He didnt make a claim for the throne as it would be a conflict of interest but had the strongest claim after John Balliol." How does that make any sense? He was a descendant of David of Scotland, Earl of Huntingdon's sister Margaret, so Bruce, Balliol and Hastings would have had a better claim than him because they descend directly from David. Even if one is to argue proximity of blood, Humphrey is one of the farthest down in the line since so many generations separate him from his Scottish ancestors.--The Emperor's New Spy (talk) 22:28, 10 August 2014 (UTC)