NameEarl William de MORAVIA 2nd Of Sutherland , M
Birth Dateabt 1235
Birth PlaceSutherland, Scotland
Death Datebef Sep 1307
Death PlaceSutherland, Scotland
Marr Dateabt 1270
ChildrenWilliam , M (~1285-~1327)
 Kenneth , M (~1286-1333)
Notes for Earl William de MORAVIA 2nd Of Sutherland
The first Earl is said to have died in 1248, and was buried in the south side of the Cathedral of Dornoch. He was succeeded by his son,

William, second Earl of Sutherland...

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VIII , Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 321-23.

William, second Earl of Sutherland, who is said to have been quite a youth at his father’s death.

He appears in the Exchequer Rolls of 1263 and 1266, when £20 in each year was paid as part of the fine due to the King, and at a later date the sum of £15 was exigible from the earldom of Sutherland every seven years.

In 1269 the Earl appears as a witness to a charter by William, Earl of Ross, at Nairn, granting lands to the church of Moray.

On 22 September 1275 the Earl, yielding to the advice of friends, made a final agreement with the then Bishop of Caithness in regard to certain lands which had been in dispute between Bishop Gilbert and the first Earl. An amicable arrangement was now made, both parties yielding somewhat, and signed in the cathedral of Dornoch.

Except appearing as a witness to charters, on of which indicates that he held lands in Aberdeenshire, the Earl is little heard of until, in February 1283-84, he attended the Parliament at Scone which accepted the infant Margaret of Norway as Queen of Scotland failing direct issue of King Alexander III or his lately deceased son.

The Earl also took his share inpublic affairs after King Alexander’s death, and in the interregnum which followed, rather inclined to the English party, though he was one of the supporters of the claims of Bruce to the vacant throne. For the most part, however, he remained in his own country, though he signed the homage roll at Berwick on 28 August 1296. After this he adhered faithfully to the English King, and in 1306 was still his partisan, and

died in that allegiance between April 1306 and September 1307.

He had issue, two sons:

1. William, third Earl of Sutherland.
2. Kenneth, fourth Earl of Sutherland.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VIII, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 323

II. William, Second Earl of Sutherland

On the death of William, first Earl of Sutherland, in 1248, he was succeeded by his only son, William as the second Earl of Sutherland, who, according to the tradition in the family, was young at the time of his father’s death, and as he survived till the year 1307, he was thus in posession of the earldom of Sutherland for about sixty years. ...

Probably about [1275] the earl witnesed a charter by Sir David of inverlunan to the monks of the priory of Beauly. About 1284, he was also a witness to a charter by John Moray, son of Malcolm Moray, to his brother, William Moray, of the lands of “Culnacloich” and “Ruthrelen” in Strathbogie. The granter held these lands of the Earl of Sutherland, and we thus learn that the latter possessed lands in Aberdeenshire, though there is no evidence as to how or when they were acquired.

In the same year we find the earl making his first appearance in affairs affecting the whole kingdom. King Alexander the Third, owing to the deaths, within a short space of one another, of his eldest son and his daughter, was left without an heir, except his infant granddaughter, popularly known as “The Maid of Norway. He therefore summoned a meeting of Parliament at Scone to consider the state of the succession. At this assembly the Earl of Sutherland was present, and along with other barons of the realm, bound himself to accept the infant Margaret, daughter of Princess Margaret of Scotland and the King of Norway, as queen of Scotland, failing any issue of King Alexander or of his lately deceased son. As is well known, any hopes of such issue were disppointed, and Scotland was threatened with all the evils of a long minority by the death of its monarch and the youth of its future queen. ... The hopes ... were frustrated by the death of the “Maid of Norway” on her way to Scotland. ...

Source: THE SUTHERLAND BOOK, by Sir William Fraser, K.C.B., LL.D., Vol. I, October 1894, p. 15, 17.

William, Second Earl of Sutherland, died about 1307
. He swore fealty to King Edward I in 1296.

He had two sons:


Source: THE HERALDRY OF THE MURRAYS, , by G. Harvey Johnston, Edinburgh, 1910, p. 5.
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