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  • ID: I40835
  • Name: Christina MacRuari
  • Sex: F
  • Name: Christina of Garmoran
  • Birth: ABT 1290 in Garmoran, Scotland
  • Death: ABT 1350 in Mar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • Note:
    Christina of Garmoran also known as Christina MacRuari, Christina of Mar a nd Christiana of the Isles was a 14th-century Scottish noblewoman who w as the legitimate child of Ailin (Alan) mac Ruaidhri, Lord of Garmoran a nd chief of Clan Macruari. She married Duncan, second son of Domhnall I, E arl of Mar.

    Christina was a direct descendant of the King of the Hebrides, Somhairle m ac Gille-Brighde (better known as Somerled), through her grandfather Ruaid hri mac Raghnaill, the founder of Clan Macruari.

    Her father, Ailin mac Ruaidhri, possessed the "North Isles" of the Uists a nd Benbecula. He is known to have attended Parliament in 1285 when the suc cession of Margaret, Maid of Norway was debated. He had died by 1296, by w hich time he had fathered two illegitimate sons, Ruaidhri and Lachlan, a nd Christina, his sole legitimate heir. However, When Christina succeed ed to the extensive estates of her father (Garmoran and the North Isles in cluding Harris and the Small Isles of Rým and Eigg) she resigned a large p roportion of them to Ruaidhri.

    When her distant cousin Alexander of Argyll's support of the opponen ts of King Robert the Bruce led to the forfeiture of his lands, they we re distributed between her MacDonald cousin Aonghas ”g of Islay and her br other Ruaidhri. The latter received much of Lorne and parts of Lochaber. B ruce was however careful to ensure his interests in the west were protect ed and Dunstaffnage Castle was given not to Ruari, now styled the "High Ch ief of Lorn" but to a royal constable, Arthur Campbell. Campbell's son, al so Arthur, received a charter of lands from Christina, at some point ear ly in the 14th century and they may have been considering marriage althou gh this never came to pass. The charter itself seems to have been disput ed by parties on both sides for the next century.

    Christina did marry Duncan, second son of Domhnall I, Earl of Mar, maki ng her the Bruce's sister-in-law twice over. (Duncan's sister Isabel la of Mar married Robert the Bruce and his older brother Gartnait, Ea rl of Mar married Robert's sister Christina.)

    Father: *Ailean macRuaidhri b: in Hebrides, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Duncan of Mar b: 1294 in Kildrummy, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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