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William the Lion
William the Lion
(Mediaeval Gaelic: Uilliam mac Eanric (i.e. William, son of Henry); Modern Gaelic: Uilleam mac Eanraig), sometimes styled William I, also known by the nickname Garbh, "the Rough",[1] (c. 1143 – 4 December 1214) reigned as King of the Scots
King of the Scots
from 1165 to 1214. He had the second-longest reign in Scottish history
Scottish history
before the Act of Union with England
in 1707. James VI (reigned 1567–1625) would have the longest.


1 Life 2 Marriage and issue 3 Fictional portrayals 4 Ancestry 5 Notes 6 Sources 7 External links

Life[edit] He became king following his brother Malcolm IV's death on 9 December 1165 and was crowned on 24 December 1165. In contrast to his deeply religious, frail brother, William was powerfully built, redheaded, and headstrong. He was an effective monarch whose reign was marred by his ill-fated attempts to regain control of Northumbria
from the Normans. Traditionally, William is credited with founding Arbroath Abbey, the site of the later Declaration of Arbroath. He was not known as "The Lion" during his own lifetime, and the title did not relate to his tenacious character or his military prowess. It was attached to him because of his flag or standard, a red lion rampant with a forked tail (queue fourchée) on a yellow background. This (with the substitution of a 'double tressure fleury counter-fleury' border instead of an orle) went on to become the Royal Banner of Scotland, still used today but quartered with those of England
and of Ireland. It became attached to him because the chronicler John of Fordun called him the "Lion of Justice". William was grandson of David I of Scotland. He also inherited the title of Earl of Northumbria
in 1152 from his father, Henry of Scotland. However he had to give up this title to King Henry II of England
in 1157. This caused trouble after William became king, since he spent a lot of effort trying to regain Northumbria. William was a key player in the Revolt of 1173–74
Revolt of 1173–74
against Henry II. In 1174, at the Battle of Alnwick, during a raid in support of the revolt, William recklessly charged the English troops himself, shouting, "Now we shall see which of us are good knights!" He was unhorsed and captured by Henry's troops led by Ranulf de Glanvill and taken in chains to Newcastle, then Northampton, and then transferred to Falaise in Normandy. Henry then sent an army to Scotland and occupied it. As ransom and to regain his kingdom, William had to acknowledge Henry as his feudal superior and agree to pay for the cost of the English army's occupation of Scotland by taxing the Scots. The cost was equal to 40,000 Scottish Merks.[2] The church of Scotland was also subjected to that of England. This he did by signing the Treaty of Falaise. He was then allowed to return to Scotland. In 1175 he swore fealty to Henry II at York
Castle. The humiliation of the Treaty of Falaise triggered a revolt in Galloway
which lasted until 1186, and prompted construction of a castle at Dumfries. In 1179, meanwhile, William and his brother David personally led a force northwards into Easter Ross, establishing two further castles, north of the Beauly and Cromarty
Firths;[3] one on the Black Isle
Black Isle
at Ederdour; and the other at Dunkeath, near the mouth of the Cromarty Firth
Cromarty Firth
opposite Cromarty.[4] The aim was to discourage the Norse Earls of Orkney
Earls of Orkney
from expanding beyond Caithness. A further rising in 1181 involved Donald Meic Uilleim, descendant of King Duncan II. Donald briefly took over Ross; not until his death (1187) was William able to reclaim Donald's stronghold of Inverness. Further royal expeditions were required in 1197 and 1202 to fully neutralise the Orcadian threat. The Treaty of Falaise remained in force for the next fifteen years. Then the English king Richard the Lionheart, needing money to take part in the Third Crusade, agreed to terminate it in return for 10,000 silver marks, on 5 December 1189. William attempted to purchase Northumbria
from Richard in 1194, as he had a strong claim over it. However, his offer of 15,000 marks was rejected due to wanting the castles within the lands, which Richard was not willing to give.[5] Despite the Scots regaining their independence, Anglo-Scottish relations remained tense during the first decade of the 13th century. In August 1209 King John decided to flex the English muscles by marching a large army to Norham (near Berwick), in order to exploit the flagging leadership of the ageing Scottish monarch. As well as promising a large sum of money, the ailing William agreed to his elder daughters marrying English nobles and, when the treaty was renewed in 1212, John apparently gained the hand of William's only surviving legitimate son, and heir, Alexander, for his eldest daughter, Joan. Despite continued dependence on English goodwill, William's reign showed much achievement. He threw himself into government with energy and diligently followed the lines laid down by his grandfather, David I. Anglo-French settlements and feudalization were extended, new burghs founded, criminal law clarified, the responsibilities of justices and sheriffs widened, and trade grew. Arbroath Abbey
Arbroath Abbey
was founded (1178), and the bishopric of Argyll established (c.1192) in the same year as papal confirmation of the Scottish church by Pope Celestine III. According to legend, "William is recorded in 1206 as curing a case of scrofula by his touching and blessing a child with the ailment whilst at York".[6] William died in Stirling
in 1214 and lies buried in Arbroath Abbey. His son, Alexander II, succeeded him as king, reigning from 1214 to 1249. Marriage and issue[edit] Due to the terms of the Treaty of Falaise, Henry II had the right to choose William's bride. As a result, William married Ermengarde de Beaumont, a great-granddaughter of King Henry I of England, at Woodstock Palace
Woodstock Palace
in 1186. Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle
was her dowry. The marriage was not very successful, and it was many years before she bore him an heir. William and Ermengarde's children were:

Margaret (1193–1259), married Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent. Isabel (1195–1253), married Roger Bigod, 4th Earl of Norfolk. Alexander II of Scotland
Alexander II of Scotland
(1198–1249). Marjorie (1200 – 17 November 1244),[7] married Gilbert Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke.

Out of wedlock, William I had numerous children, their descendants being among those who would lay claim to the Scottish crown. By an unnamed daughter of Adam de Hythus:

Margaret, married Eustace de Vesci, Lord of Alnwick.[8]

By Isabel d'Avenel:

Robert de London[9] Henry de Galightly, father of Patrick Galithly one of the competitors to the crown in 1291[10] Ada Fitzwilliam (c.1164–1200), married Patrick I, Earl of Dunbar (1152–1232)[10] Aufrica, married William de Say, and whose grandson Roger de Mandeville was one of the competitors to the crown in 1291[10] Isabella Mac William married Robert III de Brus then Robert de Ros (died 1227), Magna Carta Suretor[11]

Fictional portrayals[edit] William I has been depicted in a historical fantasy novel. :

An Earthly Knight (2003) by Janet McNaughton. The novel is set in the year 1162. William, younger brother and heir to Malcolm IV of Scotland, is betrothed to Lady Jeanette "Jenny" Avenel. She is the second daughter of a Norman nobleman and the marriage politically advances her family. But she is romantically interested in Tam Lin, a man enchanted by the Fairy Queen.[12][13][14]


Ancestors of William the Lion

16. Duncan I of Scotland

8. Malcolm III of Scotland

17. Suthen

4. David I of Scotland

18. Edward the Exile

9. Saint Margaret of Scotland

19. Agatha

2. Henry, Earl of Northumbria

20. Siward, Earl of Northumbria

10. Waltheof II, Earl of Northumbria

21. Aelfflaed of Bernicia

5. Maud, Countess of Huntingdon

22. Lambert II, Count of Lens

11. Judith of Lens

23. Adelaide of Normandy

1. William I of Scotland

24. Rodulf II de Warenne

12. William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey

25. Emma

6. William de Warenne, 2nd Earl of Surrey

13. Gundred, Countess of Surrey

3. Ada de Warenne

28. Henry I of France

14. Hugh I of Vermandois

29. Anne of Kiev

7. Elizabeth of Vermandois

30. Herbert IV, Count of Vermandois

15. Adelaide, Countess of Vermandois

31. Adele of Valois


^ Uilleam Garbh; e.g. Annals of Ulster, s.a. 1214.6; Annals of Loch Cé, s.a. 1213.10. ^ :Cardonnel, Adam de. Numismata scotiæ, or A series of the Scottish coinage, from the reign of William The lion to the union. By Adam De Cardonnel, member of the antiquarian society of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, M,DCC,LXXXVI. [1786]. ^ Matheson, Alister Farquhar (28 Aug 2014). Scotland's Northwest Frontier: A Forgotten British Borderland. Troubador Publishing Ltd. p. 19. ISBN 978-1-78306-442-7.  ^ Crowl, Philip Axtell (1986). The intelligent traveller's guide to historic Scotland. Congdon & Weed. p. 83.  ^ Gillingham, John (2000). Richard. p. 272. ISBN 0-300-09404-3.  ^ Rommel, Albert (2015). The Esoteric Codex: Sorcery (1st ed.). lulu.com. p. 216. ISBN 978-1-312-92968-5. Retrieved 8 August 2016.  ^ Scotland: The Making of the Kingdom, A.A.M. Duncan, p527 ^ Saul, Nigel. "Eustace de Vesci". Magna Carta Trust. Retrieved 8 Aug 2016.  ^ Scotland: The Making of the Kingdom, A.A.M. Duncan, p175 ^ a b c Balfour Paul, Vol. I, p.5 ^ Saul, Nigel. "Robert de Ros". Magna Carta Trust. Retrieved 8 August 2016.  ^ "An Earthly Knight", description from the cover ^ "An Earthly Knight",Review by J. A. Kaszuba Locke ^ "An Earthly Knight",Review by Joan Marshall


Ashley, Mike. Mammoth Book of British Kings and Queens. 1998. Magnusson, Magnus. Scotland: Story of a Nation. 2001.

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William the Lion House of Dunkeld Born: ? c. 1142 Died: 4 December 1214

Regnal titles

Preceded by Malcolm IV King of Scots 1165–1214 Succeeded by Alexander II

Peerage of England

Preceded by Henry of Scotland Earl of Northumbria 1152–1157 Forfeit

Preceded by Malcolm IV of Scotland Earl of Huntingdon 1165–1174 Succeeded by Simon III of St Liz

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Pictish and Scottish monarchs

Monarchs of the Picts (traditional)

Drest I Talorc I Nechtan I Drest II Galan Erilich Drest III Drest IV Gartnait I Cailtram Talorc II Drest V Galam Cennalath Bridei I Gartnait II Nechtan II Cinioch Gartnait III Bridei II Talorc III Talorgan I Gartnait IV Drest VI Bridei III Taran Bridei IV Nechtan III Drest VII Alpín I Óengus I Bridei V Ciniod I Alpín II Talorgan II Drest VIII Conall Constantine (I) Óengus II Drest IX Uuen Uurad Bridei VI Ciniod II Bridei VII Drest X

Monarchs of the Scots (traditional)

Kenneth I MacAlpin Donald I Constantine I (II) Áed Giric Eochaid (uncertain) Donald II Constantine II (III) Malcolm I Indulf Dub Cuilén Amlaíb Kenneth II Constantine III (IV) Kenneth III Malcolm II Duncan I Macbeth Lulach Malcolm III Canmore Donald III Duncan II Donald III Edgar Alexander I David I Malcolm IV William I the Lion Alexander II Alexander III Margaret First Interregnum John Second Interregnum Robert the Bruce
Robert the Bruce
(I) David II Robert II Robert III James I James II James III James IV James V Mary I James VI1 Charles I1 Charles II1 James VII1 Mary II1 William II1 Anne1

1 also monarch of England
and Ireland.

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