William de Brus, II Lord of Annandale

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William de Brus, II Lord of Annandale (c1160 - 16 July 1212)

Younger brother, but the eldest surviving son of Robert de Brus, 1st Lord of Annandale. Recorded in charters as a son of Robert de Brus, Lord of Annandale. This William de Bruce also possessed estates in the north of England. In 1212 he held the manor and lands of Edenhall in the Lordship of Carlisle. He obtained from King John of England (reigned 1199-1216), the grant of a weekly market at Hartlepool; and granted lands to the canons of Guisbourgh Priory, near his family's ancestral seat of Skelton Castle, North Yorkshire, of which the de Brus family were patrons.

He may have married twice, but the only wife's name identified is Christian (maiden name unknown). They had two known children: Robert and William.


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