Agnes Dunbar

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Agnes Dunbar (* around 1340; † after 1390) was a Scottish noblewoman and mistress of King David II of Scotland .


The ancestry of Agnes is controversial. She was probably a relative of Patrick Dunbar, 8th Earl of Dunbar (1285-1369), and his wife Lady Agnes Randolph (1312-1369), called Black Agnes , she was probably a daughter of Sir Patrick Dunbar († 1357), a half-brother of the earl.

Agnes was the lady in waiting for Queen Johanna . Before 1369 she became the mistress of the Scottish King David II. She initially received an annual pension of 60 marks from the king . In February 1371 the king apparently wanted to marry her, as his second marriage to Lady Margaret Drummond had also remained childless. He granted her an annual, lifelong pension of 1,000 marks for her trousseau and jewelry, but died eleven days later. After the king's death, Agnes married Sir James Douglas of Dalkeith (1330-1420) in 1372 . The marriage had seven children.

Web links


  • Alison Weir: Britain's Royal Family. A Complete Genealogy. The Bodley Head, London 1999.
  • Hermann Schreiber: The Stuarts. Genius and sinister of a royal family . Bechtermünz Verlag GmbH, 1995.

Individual evidence

  1. Michael A. Penman: The Scots at the Battle of Neville's Cross, October 17, 1346 . In: The Scottish Historical Review (80), 2001, p. 164.
  2. ^ Ranald Nicholson: Scotland. The Later Middle Ages (The Edinburgh History of Scotland, Vol. II. ) Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh 1974, ISBN 0-05-002038-2 , pp. 182-183.