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John of Strathbogie (executed November 7, 1306) was warden and Justiciary of Scotland.

The son of David I Strathbogie, Earl of Atholl (d. 1270), by his spouse Isabel, daughter of Richard de Dover, Baron of Chilham, Kent, John de Strathbogie first appears on record as his father's son and heir in 1282.

In 1284 he joined with other Scottish noblemen who acknowledged Margaret of Norway as their sovereign. In 1296 he fought on the Scottish side at the Battle of Dunbar, where he was captured and sent to the Tower of London. After a year's confinement there he was set free on condition that he served King Edward I of England in Flanders.

He did homage for his manor of Lesnes, Kent, in 1305 but subsequently returned to Scotland, and in 1306 joined Robert the Bruce in his rebellion against English overlordship, and his English possessions were forfeited. He took part in the coronation of The Bruce in that year.

In the subsequent English invasion of Scotland he was taken prisoner at the Battle of Methven. John, Earl of Atholl, was hanged at London on November 7, 1306, on a gallows 30 feet higher than ordinary. His body was burnt and his head fixed on London Bridge.

The earl married Marjory, daughter of Donald, 10th Earl of Mar. They had two sons and a daughter:

References

  • Richardson, Douglas, Plantagenet Ancestry, Baltimore, Md., 2004, p.50, ISBN 0-8063-1750-7

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