Name: Thomas Boyd
Suffix: 1st Earl of Arran
Change Date: 7 JUN 2003
In 1467 Thomas Boyd married the Princess Mary, the King's sister, and was created Earl of Arran.
In 1463 he made a treaty of marriage between the King and Margaret, daughter of King Christian of Denmark and Norway, by which the Orkney and Shetland Islands were coded to Scotland.
After this marriage the power of the Boyds was suddenly collapsed. Sir Alexander, as already mentioned, was beheaded. The Earl of Arran was warned and fled abroad. Lord Boyd fled to England and in his absence was condemned to death and his title and estates forfeited. He later served the King of France and received a baron's pay of four shillings a day.
After his attainder in 1469, he fled to the continent, and is said to have served under Charles the Bold of Burgundy, and to have died at Antwerp. In a letter of John Paston he is referred to as "the most courteous, gentlest, wisest, kindest, most companionable, freest, largest, most beautiful knight" and as one of "the lightest, deliverst, best spoken, fairest archer, devoutest, most perfect and truest to his lady of all the knights that ever . . ." the writer ". . . was acquanted with."
By his wife, the Princess Mary he left issue:
2. Crizel or Margaret - married first Alexander, fourth Lord Forbes, secondly David third Lord of Kennedy, created Earl of Cansilis, and died at Flodden.
Father: Robert Boyd b: 1420 in Kilmarnock, Renfrew
Mother: Janet or Mariota Maxwell
Mary Stuart b: ABT 1451 in Stirling
- Margaret (Grizelda) Boyd b: ABT 1470
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