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<tr style="text-align: center;"> <th colspan="2">Guardian of Scotland</th> </tr><tr> <th style="border-bottom: none; text-align: center;" colspan="2">In office</th> </tr><tr> <td style="border-top: none; text-align: center;" colspan="2">1286 – 1289</td> </tr><tr> <th>Preceded by</th><td>Duncan Macduff</td> </tr><tr> <th>Succeeded by</th><td>James Stewart</td> </tr><tr> <th>Died</th> <td>Unknown (late 1218)
Northern Scotland</td> </tr><tr style="text-align: center;"> <th colspan="2">Justiciar of Scotia</th> </tr><tr> <th style="border-bottom: none; text-align: center;" colspan="2">In office</th> </tr><tr> <td style="border-top: none; text-align: center;" colspan="2">1253 – 1256</td> </tr><tr> <th>Preceded by</th> <td>Alan Durward</td> </tr><tr> <th>Succeeded by</th> <td>Andreas de Moravia</td> </tr><tr style="text-align: center;"> <th colspan="2">Constable of Scotland</th> </tr><tr> <th style="border-bottom: none; text-align: center;" colspan="2">In office</th> </tr><tr> <td style="border-top: none; text-align: center;" colspan="2">1275 – 1289</td> </tr><tr> <th>Preceded by</th> <td>Margaret de Quincy</td> </tr><tr> <th>Succeeded by</th> <td>John Comyn</td> </tr><tr> <th>Occupation</th> <td>Sheriff, baillie</td> </tr><tr> <th>Spouse</th> <td>Elisabetha de Quincy</td> </tr><tr> <th>Children</th> <td>Roger, Marjorie, Elisabetha, William, Emma, John, Elena</td> </tr><tr> <th colspan="2">Also served as Sheriff of Wigtown and Dingwall and Baillie of Inverie. Dates of rule unknown.</th> </tr>
Alexander Comyn, 2nd Earl Buchan
Born Unknown (circa 1289)
Buchan, Aberdeenshire

Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan (d. 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 (1253-55), Constable of Scotland (1275-89), 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. He died sometime after July 10th, 1289.

Alexander had at least eight children with his wife, Elisabetha, daughter of Roger de Quincy:

A daughter, perhaps one not on the list, married Nicholas de Soules.

[edit] References

  • Young, Alan, Robert the Bruce's Rivals: The Comyns, 1213-1314, (East Linton, 1997)
Preceded by:
Marjory
m. William Comyn
Earl of Buchan
1244-1289
Succeeded by:
John Comyn

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Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan

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