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David (Huntingdon) of Scotland (abt. 1152 - abt. 1219)

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David "8th Earl of Huntingdon" of Scotland formerly Huntingdon aka Dunkeld
Born about in Huntingdonshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married in Huntingdon, Northumberland, Englandmap
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Died about in Northamptonshire, England. Buried at Sawtry Abbey,
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Categories: Honour of Fotheringhay | Earls of Huntingdon.

Preceded by
Simon III de Senlis
Earl of Huntingdon
Succeeded by
John de Scotia, Earl of Huntingdon

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David (Huntingdon) of Scotland was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.
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David is referred to in various ways: David of Scotland, Earl of Huntingdon, or in Gaelic as, Daibhidh mac Eanric. He is also known as David Dunkeld and David of Huntingdon.

Younger brother of Kings William the Lion and Malcolm IV, he was knighted by Henry II on 31 May 1170. Upon his brother William's return from imprisonment in England in 1174, he received from him the district of Garioch in Aberdeenshire and the earldom of Lennox. He was a hostage for Scotland upon the confirmation of the Convention of Falaise, terms of which were proclaimed before both Kings, and the Scots earls doing fealty to Henry and his son. By his brother, William's, resignation of the earldom, he became Earl of Huntingdon in 1185. He founded the Abbey of Lindores in Fife in 1191, and was a benefactor to St. Andrew's and to Holy Trinity London. He and his brother-in-law, the Earl of Chester, besieged the castle of Nottingham in 1194, when it was held by adherents of John, the King's brother. His English honors were confirmed to him in May 1205 and Mar 1215, but he was deprived in 1215/1216, but were again restored in Mar 1218.

In the litigation for succession to the crown of Scotland in 1290–1292, the great-great-grandson Floris V, Count of Holland of David's sister, Ada, claimed that David had renounced his hereditary rights to the throne of Scotland. He therefore declared that his claim to the throne had priority over David's descendants. However, no explanation or firm evidence for the supposed renunciation could be provided.[1]


He and wife Maud had three sons and three daughters: (1) Robert, who died young; (2) Henry, who died unmarried; (3) John "the Scot", who became Earl of Huntingdon and Chester, who died s.p.; (4) Margaret, married Alan, Lord of Galloway; (5) Isabel, married Robert Brus, Lord of Annandale; and (6) Ada, married Henry de Hastings. There was likely another son, David, who is called "David, my son" and named as deceased in a charter.

David also had four known illegitimate children, three sons and a daughter

Death and Burial

The Scots Peerage suggests that David died at Jerdelay but it has been suggested that it is the incorrect spelling for Yardley which is located in Northamptonshire.

He was interred in Sawtry Abbey, Huntingdonshire (now in Cambridgeshire), though it had apparently been his long-standing wish to be buried in Lindores Abbey, Fife, a monastery of the Tironensian order founded by him c.1190, and colonized from Kelso Abbey. (


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  • Royal Ancestry 2013 Vol. IV p. 580-583
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
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On 14 Jul 2018 at 05:56 GMT David Cooper wrote:

When he was buried Sawtry was in the historic county of Huntingdonshire and it was only in the local government reorganisation in 1974 that Hunts was absorbed into Cambridgeshire. Whilst the biography explains this, shouldn't his burial place be Sawtry Abbey, Huntingdonshire?

On 14 Jul 2018 at 05:47 GMT David Cooper wrote:

Is there a source for his marriage place of Huntingdon, Northumberland? There's no such place in Northumberland. And to put it as Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire would just be speculation.

On 2 Oct 2017 at 23:54 GMT Christine (Raffo) Zakary wrote:

This is Robert The Bruce's grandfather.

On 21 Nov 2014 at 04:54 GMT Doug Lockwood wrote:

David (Huntingdon) of Scotland is notable.
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