Name: John Edmonstone
Suffix: of Boyn
Change Date: 17 SEP 2002
David II died in 1371 and thereafter Sir John Edmonstone acted for Robert II. In 1372 he travelled to England with twelve men, and in the following year of 1373 was sent as part of an embassy to Rome, an entry in the Exchequer Rolls, for £406-13s-4d, showing its expenses.
A charter of Robert II, dated 31st January 1374, authorised Sir John to travel as one of his ambassadors to France. They carried his instructions to intercede with Charles V to influence the Pope and Cardinals on behalf of Margaret Logie (widow of David II) in a suit to be brought before the papal court. Also they demanded reparation for attacks by Norman pirates on Scots traders.
In 1381 a passport was issued to John de Edmonstone, chevalier, with 16 men and 16 horses, to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, while another for the following year permitted their return.
Sir John must have been a man of substance. He was granted a charter of the lands and barony of Boyn, in Banff, by David II in 1369, and some lands near Haddington in East Lothian by Robert II. Also he seems to have been a trader. It is recorded that Richard II of England allowed him to take 200 quarters of malt with his own vessels from a port on the coast of Lincolnshire to any port he pleases in Scotland.
The date of his death, and likewise the identity of his wife, are unknown, but records show that he was succeeded by his eldest son, also named John. Also according to Sir Archibald Edmonstone, 3rd Bt, the Archibald, who founded the family of Duntreath was probably his younger son. (See Edmonstone of Duntreath)
Father: Henry de Edmundiston
- John Edmonstone b: ABT 1348 in Culloden, Scotland
- Archibald Edmonstone