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Alexander Comyn

Also Known As: "Sheriff of Wigtownshire & Aberdeenshire"
Birthplace: Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death: 1305 (52-54)
Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Place of Burial: Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander Comyn, 6th/2nd Earl of Buchan and Elizabeth Quincy
Husband of Joan le Latimer
Father of Katherine Deathol; Alice Comyn, Countess of Buchan; Margaret Comyn and Ann Comyn, of Quienne
Brother of John Comyn, 3rd Earl of Buchan; Annora Soules; Elizabeth de Umfraville, Countess of Angus; Elena Brechin; Emma Comyn and 7 others

Occupation: Sheriff of Aberdeen
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Alexander Comyn, 4th Earl of Buchan

1. Alexander COMYN , Sheriff of Aberdeen was born ABT 1252 in Buchan, Aberdeen, Scotland, and died ABT 1308 in Buchan, Aberdeen, Scotland. He was the son of 2. Alexander COMYN , 6th Earl of Buchan and 3. Elizabeth de QUINCY. He married Joan le LATIMER in Altyre, Morayshire, Scotland, daughter of William III 1st Baron le LATIMER , of Corby and Alice de LEDET , Heiress of Corby. She was born ABT 1269 in Altyre, Morayshire, Scotland, and died 1320.

Children include

  • Alice COMYN , Countess of Buchan b: 1291 in Buchan, Aberdeen, Scotland. Married Henry 1st Baron de BEAUMONT , Earl of Buchan b: ABT 1263 in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe(le-Vicomte), Sarthe, Maine/Pays-de-la-Loire, France
  • "Rootsweb's Worldconnect Project: The Phillips, Weber, Kirk, & Staggs Families Of The Pacific Northwest". 2017. Wc.Rootsweb.Ancestry.Com. Accessed February 4 2017.
    • 1. Title: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Shippard Jr., 1999 Page: 149a-28
    • 2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000 Page: II:60
    • 3. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups - Page: John Ravilious, 11 Sep 2002

Alexander Comyn[1,2,3]

Sex Male

Occupation Sheriff of Aberdeen

Lived In Scotland

Person ID I00161597 Leo

Last Modified 31 Jul 2000

Father Alexander Comyn, 2nd Earl of Buchan, b. est 1212

Mother Elizabeth de Quincy

Family ID F00012056 Group Sheet

Family Joan Le Latimer


1. Alice Comyn

Last Modified 31 Jul 2000

Family ID F00070176 Group Sheet

Heraldry Comyn - Argent three garbs sable

Notes: The Collins Roll - Source: Gerard J Brault, Rolls of Arms of Edward I, Boydell & Brewer, 1997 (courtesy of Brian Timms)

Sources 1. [S00301] ~Europäische Stammtafeln, J.A. Stargardt Verlag, Marburg, Schwennicke, Detlev (Ed.), Reference: III 685

2. [S00623] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who came to America bef.1700, 7th Edition, 1992, Weis, Frederick Lewis, Reference: 83

3. [S00058] The Complete Peerage, 1936 , Doubleday, H.A. & Lord Howard de Walden, Reference: II 375,_3rd_Earl_of_Buchan

John Comyn (died 1308) was Earl of Buchan and an important member of Clan Comyn during the early 14th century. He was a chief opponent of Robert the Bruce in the civil war that paralleled the War of Scottish Independence. He should not be confused with the better known John III Comyn, Lord of Badenoch, who was his cousin, and who was killed by Bruce in Dumfries in 1306. Confusion between the two men has affected the study of this period of history.

Buchan was the representative of a family that had long dominated the politics of Scotland. He was defeated by Bruce at the Battle of Barra and was forced to flee to England. Bruce's subsequent Harrying of Buchan destroyed support for the Comyns in northern Scotland. This defeat, together with Comyn's death that year, entailed a significant-and lasting-shift in the balance of power in Scotland.

Lord Alexander Comyn, sheriff of Aberdeen, married Joan, sister of William le Latimer, and had issue. Henry de Beaumont would claim the Earldom of Buchan through marriage to their daughter,

Alexander COMYN, Sheriff of Aberdeen

Born: Est. 1255, Buchan, Aberdeen, Scotland Married:
Died: 1308, Buchan, Aberdeen, Scotland

Research Notes: 13 Jul 1285: Alexander de Comyn of Buchan, witnessed his brother John's quitclaim of rights to half of Wygglesmer. 1292: Sheriff of Dingwall 27 Apr 1296: Alexander [and his brother the earl] captured at the battle of Dunbar, Scotland, by King Edward, and imprisoned in the Tower of London. 4 Sep 1296: Joan Comyn, of the king's [of England] special grace, to receive 200 marks of land in Tyndale for her sustenance. [A week later she was granted permission to transfer her household to England.] 29 Sep 1296, Protection in Scotland for Alexander Comyn of Boghan in Scotland and in England.  6 Jun 1297: Oath by Alexander Comyn of Buchan to serve Edward I against the French.  1297: Alexander's brother, earl John, turned against England, but Alexander remained loyal. Alexander was the younger brother of the 3rd Comyn Earl of Buchan and his 1297 seal depicts a shield bearing three garbs on the breast of an eagle, the inscription reading S'ALEXANDRE CVMYN D'BVC. He married an English wife, Joanna le Latimer, and died in 1308, shortly before his elder brother, whereupon his daughters were named heiresses to the earldom, despite the claims of a further brother, Master William Comyn, Provost of St. Mary's Church in St. Andrews.  Aug 1299: Sir Alexander Comyn was burning and devastating the district beyond the Firth of Forth. 1303: Sir Alexander Comyn, sheriff of Aberdeenshire when King Edward I of England visited.  1304: King Edward give custody of Aboyne castle to Alexander. [Later suspended because of a protest of the earl of Athole.] 1304-5: Alexander Keeper of Urquhart and Tarwedale castles. 1304-5: Sheriff of Aberdeen 1305: Alexander Comyn of Buchan makes 4 requests: 1) He states that the King gave him the shrievalty of Aberdeen to hold at pleasure, which he has held during war and peace without receiving any allowance for his expenses in his account. He requests a reasonable allowance for his costs and expenses. 2) He asks the King to vouchsafe to him a fee of £20 annually, which he was granted by Alexander III, in consideration of his good behaviour and his damages. 3) He asks that he might be quit of a ransom, as he has never left the King's faith since he did homage to him at Berwick. 4) He states that some people whom he had annoyed in time of war by what he did for the King's benefit are harrassing him now, in time of peace, and he requests a letter to the Lieutenant that he should not be harrassed for things done in time of war. 1308: Alexander died. [Possibly at the battle of Inverurie....]  

Marriage Information: Alexander married Joan le LATIMER, daughter of William le LATIMER, 1st Baron Latimer of Corby, and Alice de LEDET, Heiress of Corby. (Joan le LATIMER was born in Altyre, Moray, Scotland and died after 1340.)

Sources: Medieval Scotland: Crown, Lordship and Community, by G. W. S. Barrow, Alexander Grant, p. 178; Scotland's Historic Heraldry, by Bruce A. McAndrew, p. 44; Many Mini Biographies, Alexander Comyn and Joan le Latimer

Alexander Comyn
BIRTH 1252
Aberdeenshire, Scotland
DEATH 1308 (aged 55–56)
Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Deer Abbey
Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
MEMORIAL ID 98629022

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Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Altyre, Morayshire, Scotland
Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Age 53
Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
June 19, 1992
Age 53
May 8, 1993
Age 53
June 3, 1993
Age 53