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The Earls of Carrick. Sir Alexander de Seton.


CHAPTER XV.

DEATH OF THE QUEEN OF SCOTS AND MARRIAGE OF THE PRINCE.

A.D. 1328.

ELIZABETH, the consort and second wife of King Robert of Scotland, did not live to witness the fulfilment of her husband's life-work, for she died on October 26, 1327. Of her character and appearance no memorial has been preserved. She was the second daughter of Richard de Burgh or Bourke, Earl of Ulster, the most powerful of the English barons in Ireland, and married Robert de Brus while he was still about the English court. During her long captivity in England, from the battle of Methven in 1306, till after that of Bannockburn in 1314, she was treated with the consideration due, if not to her rank as countess, which she lost by the forfeiture by her husband of the earldom of Carrick, at least to that of an earl's daughter.

In March 1314, Edward II., who was then preparing for his great campaign in Scotland, ordered the

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