Isabella MacDuff, Countess of Buchan
Born c.1285 – Died likely c.1313–14
Claim to Fame: A Scottish patriot, she defied her husband, crowned the Scottish king and spent four years in a cage hanging from Berwick castle
Isabella (or Isabel) was a significant figure in the Wars of Scottish Independence. Born into an important family she was married to John Comyn, Earl of Buchan.
After his cousin was murdered by Robert the Bruce, Isabella’s husband turned against Bruce and joined the English side. Isabella defied her husband and raced to Scone, re-crowning the Bruce as tradition dictated that legitimate Scottish monarchs must be crowned by a MacDuff.
Isabella was captured by the English in 1306 and Edward I of England ordered Isabella to be “closely confined in an abode of stone and iron… and let her be hung up out of doors in the open air at Berwick, that both in life and after her death, she may be a spectacle and eternal reproach to travellers.” Bruce’s sister Mary met a similar fate.
As ordered, Isabella was suspended from Berwick Castle in a cage for four years, exposed to the Scottish elements and forbidden to speak to anyone but the two women that fed her. She was moved to a friary in 1310 to prevent her from dying so she could be used as a hostage in exchange for captured English nobleman. Another transfer is mentioned in 1913 but as she is not mentioned in the post-Bannockburn trade of prisoners in 1314 it is believed that she died before that date.
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