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Isabella de Warenne
Baroness of Bywell
Isabella with her husband
Isabella with her husband
Spouse John of Scotland
Edward de Balliol
Noble family Plantagenet
Father John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey
Mother Alice de Lusignan, Countess of Surrey
Born c.1253
Died before 1292

Isabella de Warenne (c.1253- before 1292) was Baroness of Bywell by her marriage to John Balliol; she did not however become his Queen consort.



Isabella was the second of three children born to John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey and his wife Alice de Lusignan, Countess of Surrey. Her elder sister Eleanor, married Henry Percy and became mother of Henry de Percy, 1st Baron Percy. Isabella's younger brother was William, and their mother died while giving birth to him. William was killed in a tournament after he had married Joan de Vere and sired two children.

Isabella's maternal grandparents were Hugh X de Lusignan and Isabella of Angoulême, widow of John of England and Dowager Queen of England. Isabella was daughter of Aymer of Angoulême and Alice of Courtenay, a granddaughter of Louis VI of France. Isabella de Warenne's paternal grandparents were William de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey and his wife Maud Marshal.


On about 9 February 1281 Isabella married John Balliol, who had a claim to the Scottish throne. The marriage lasted about ten years. The Chronicle of Thomas Wykes records the marriage[1].It has been established that the couple had at least one child:

  • Edward Balliol, Scottish pretender, (d.1364). Married to Marguerite de Taranto, daughter of Philip, prince of Taranto (d. 1332) - annulled or divorced with no issue.

However, other children have been linked to the couple as other possible issue:

  • Henry de Balliol. He was killed in the Battle of Annan on 16 December 1332, leaving no issue.[2]

It is believed that Isabella did not live to see her husband become King of Scotland, so it is likely that she died before 1292, when her husband ascended to the throne. However, some[4] are of the opinion that Isabella did survive long enough to see her husband succeed and then abdicate.



  1. ^ English Earls
  2. ^ Dunbar, Sir Archibald H.,Bt., Scottish Kings - A Revised Chronology of Scottish History 1005 - 1625, Edinburgh, 1899: p. 118
  3. ^ Norcliffe of Langton, M.A., Charles Best, editor, The Visitation of Yorkshire, 1563-64 by William Flower, Norroy King of Arms, London, 1881, p. 294 and footnotes
  4. ^ Polish Wikipedia


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