NameLady Menteith , F
Spouses
Birth Dateabt 1257
Birth PlaceMenteith, Perthshire, Scotland
Death Dateabt 1323
Death PlaceDumbarton, Dumbartonshire, Scotland
MotherCountess Mary Menteith , F (-<1294)
ChildrenJoanna , F (~1308->1367)
 John , M (~1285-~1344)
 Walter , M (~1293-)
Notes for John (Spouse 1)
Sir John, who has achieved an unenviable notoriety as the taker or betrayer of Sir William Wallace.

He was posessor of the lands of Rusky in Menteith, and perhaps also of Knapdale.

He died about 1323.

By his wife, whose name has not been ascertained,

he had issue:


1. Sir John Menteith who married Ellen, daughter of Gratney, Earl of Mar, and died before 1344, leaving issue:
A. Sir John Menteith, styled Lord of Arran and Knapdale, who died about 1360. By his wife, a lady named Catherine, he had no issue.
B. Christian, married, first, to Sir Edward Keith of Sinton, by whom she had a daughter Janet, wife first of Sir David Barclay of Brechin, and secondly of Sir thomas Erskine. Christian Menteith or Keith was married again, as his second wife, to Sir Robert Erskine of that Ilk.

2. Walter, ancestor of the Menteiths of Rusky and Kerse, and also of the later family of Dalzel of Binns.

3. Joanna, the only one of Sir John’ alleged three daughters who can be traced with certainty, was married:
first, to Malise, seventh Earl of Strathearn, who died about 1324-25;
secondly, to John Campbell, Earl of Atholl;
thirdly, about July 1329, to Sir Maurise of Moray, created Earl of Strathearn in June 1344, by whom she had a daughter Joanna,
fourthly, William, fifth Earl of Sutherland.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VI, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 132
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Sir John de Menteith
(c. 1275 – c. 1323) was a Scottish nobleman.

He was born to Mary, Countess of Menteith and her husband Walter "Bailloch" Stewart, Earl of Menteith jure uxoris. He and his older brother, Alexander, Earl of Menteith, used the name of the earldom as their surname de Menteith. John possessed the land of Ruskie, Stirlingshire.

He was Governor of Dumbarton Castle, an appointment made by Edward I who was keen to secure the fortification as a major access route into Scotland by sea. Tradition has it that Menteith betrayed Sir William Wallace to English soldiers, which led to Wallace's capture and torturous execution and his later nickname Fause Menteith ("Menteith the treacherous, false").

Wyntoun, whose "Metrical Chronicle" was written in 1418, says:

"Schyre Jhon of Menteith in tha days
Tuk in Glasgow William Walays;
And sent hym until Ingland sune,
There was he quartayrd and undone."

The English chronicler Piers Langtoft states that Menteith discovered the retreat of Wallace through the treacherous information of Jack Short, his servant, and that he came under cover of night and seized him in bed. A passage in the Scala Chronica, quoted by John Leland, notes, "William Walleys was taken of the Counte of Menteith, about Glasgow, and sent to King Edward, and after was hanged, drawn, and quartered at London."

Menteith, by an unknown spouse, had issue:
Sir John de Menteith the younger, married Helen daughter of Gartnait, Earl of Mar
Walter Menteith
Johanna Menteith, married (1) Maol Íosa IV, Earl of Strathearn, (2) John Campbell, Earl of Atholl, (3) Maurice de Moravia, Earl of Strathearn, (4) William de Moravia, 5th Earl of Sutherland

Source: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_de_Menteith
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