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  • ID: I06539
  • Name: *Ada de Warenne
  • Sex: F
  • Name: Ada De Warenne (Warren)
  • Name: Adelaide de Warenne
  • Birth: ABT 1120 in Surrey, England 1
  • Death: 1178 1
  • Note:
    Ada de Warenne or Adeline de Varenne (c. 1120 - 1178) was the Norman-Fren ch wife of Henry of Scotland, Earl of Northumbria and Earl of Huntingdo n. She was the daughter of William de Warenne, 2nd Earl of Surrey by Eliza beth of Vermandois, and a great-granddaughter of Henry I of France. She be came mother to two Kings of Scots, Malcolm the Maiden and William the Lion .

    Ada and Henry were married in England in 1139. As part of her marriage set tlement, the new Countess Ada was granted the privileges of Haddington, am ongst others in East Lothian. Previously the seat of a thanage Haddingt on is said to be the first Royal burgh in Scotland, created by Countess Ad a's father-in-law, David I of Scotland, who held it along with the chur ch and a mill.

    In close succession both her husband and King David died, in 1152 and 11 53 respectively. Following the death of Henry, who was buried at Kelso Abb ey, King David arranged for his grandson to succeed him, and at Scone on M ay 27, 1153, the twelve year old was declared Malcolm IV, King of Scots. F ollowing his coronation, Malcolm installed his brother William as Ea rl of Northumbria (although this county was "restored" to King Hen ry II of England by Malcolm in 1157), and the young dowager-Countess retir ed to her lands at Haddington.

    On Thursday December 9, 1165 King Malcolm died at the age of 25 without is sue. His mother had at that time been attempting to arrange a marriage bet ween him and Constance, daughter of Conan III, Duke of Brittany, but Malco lm died before the wedding could be celebrated. One of Ada's daughters, Ma rgaret, was married twice:

    (1) 1160, Conan IV, Duke of Brittany, Earl of Richmond (d.1171)
    (2) Humphrey de Bohun of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, Hereditary Constable of En gland.
    Following his brother's death Ada's younger son William became King of Sco ts at the age of twenty two. William the Lion was to become the longest se rving King of Scots until the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

    Religious houses were established in Haddington at an early date. They ca me to include the Blackfriars (who came into Scotland in 1219) and most no tably the Church of the Greyfriars, or Minorites (came into Scotland in t he reign of Alexander II), which would become famous as "Lucerna Laudoniae "- The Lamp of Lothian, the toft of land upon which it stands being grant ed by King David I of Scotland to the Prior of St. Andrews (to whom the pa tronage of the church of Haddington belonged). David I also granted to t he monks of Dunfermline "unam mansuram" in Haddington, as well as to the m onks of Haddington a full toft "in burgo meo de Hadintun, free of all cust om and service."

    Ada devoted her time to good works, improving the lot of the Church at Had dington, where she resided. Countess Ada gave lands to the south and we st of the River Tyne near to the only crossing of the river for mile s, to found a Convent of Cistercian Nuns ("white nuns") dedicated to St. M ary, in what was to become the separate Burgh of Nungate, the extant remai ns are still to be seen in the ruined parish church of St. Martin. The nun nery she endowed with the lands of Begbie, at Garvald and Keith Marisch al amongst other temporal lands. Miller, however, states that she only "fo unded and richly endowed a nunnery at the Abbey of Haddington" and that "H addington, as demesne of the Crown, reverted to her son William the Lion u pon her death".

    According to inscriptions within the town of Haddington, Countess Ada's re sidence was located near the present day County buildings and Sheriff Cour t. Countess Ada died in 1178 and is thought to be buried locally. Her rema ining dower-lands were brought back into the Royal desmesne and William t he Lion's wife, Ermengarde de Beaumont, is said to have taken to her b ed in Countess Ada's house to bear the future Alexander II. Miller stat es that when the future King was born in Haddington in 1198 it took pla ce "in the palace of Haddington".

    Father: *William De Warenne II b: ABT 1071 in Sussex, England
    Mother: *Isabel Elizabeth of Vermandois b: BET 1085 AND 1087 in Valois, Bretagne, France

    Marriage 1 *Henry of Scotland b: 1114 in Scotland
    • Married: 1139 in England 1
    1. Has No Children Malcolm IV "the Maiden" of Scotland b: 23 APR 1141 in Scotland
    2. Has Children *William I "The Lion" of Scotland b: BET 1142 AND 1143 in Scotland
    3. Has Children *David of Scotland b: 1144 in Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, England
    4. Has Children *Margaret of Scotland b: 1145 in Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, England
    5. Has Children *Ada of Huntingdon b: ABT 1146 in Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, England
    6. Has Children *Marjorie of Scotland b: 1150 in Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, England
    7. Has No Children Matilda of Scotland b: 1152 in Scotland

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