NameLady Drum , F
Birth Dateabt 1317
Birth PlaceDrum, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death Dateabt 1380
Death PlaceDrum, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
FatherLaird William de IRVINE 1st Of Drum , M (~1260-~1333)
MotherLady Drum , F
Marr PlaceDrum, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
ChildrenAlexander , M (~1356-1410)
Notes for William (Spouse 1)
1. William de Irwyn was born about 1260 in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and died in 1333 in Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He married Lady Marotte Bernard, probably in 1315.…

Historical records indicate that William and Marotte had at least four children.

They were:

1 Alexander de Irwyn was born about 1317 at Drum Castle
2 Robert de Irwyn.
3 William de Irwyn, ancestor to the Irvines of Orkney.
4 Adam de Irwyn

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2. Alexander de Irwyn was born about 1317 at Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire, just outside of Aberdeen, Scotland. He died in 1380 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

He married (1) an unknown Keith, daughter of Sir Robert Keith.

He married (2) Lady Elizabeth Monteford about 1338, daughter of Sir Thomas Montford.

Alexander de Irwyn became the second Laird of Drum in 1333 when his father died.

Historian Forbes Leslie erroneously stated that Sir William's eldest son was named Thomas, but documentary evidence recently found by Donald M. Mackintosh definitely states that his name was Alexander. He was a baron during the reign of King David II and was a member of the Parliament that was held at Perth, Scotland in 1369.

It was probably during the lifetime of Alexander that the feud arose with the Keith Clan, near neighbors and hereditary Marshals of Scotland. Legend has it that the Irvines burned down Halforest Castle, stronghold of the Keiths, in revenge for their burning to death one of the Irvine children.

There was also a pitched battle at Keiths’ Muir, near the Dee, in which many of the Keiths were drowned at a place called Keiths’ Pot. One was cut down while clinging to a stone which occasionally still appears above the water and is known as Keiths’ Stone.

When Alexander died in 1380, Alexander Irwyn, his eldest son and heir succeeded him.

Alexander Irwyn and Elizabeth Montford had at least two children. They were:

1 Alexander Irwyn (Irvine), born about 1356 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
2 Robert Irwyn, born about 1365 at Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He died in 1457.

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II. William (otherwise Sir thomas) the 2nd Laird, son of the preceding (lived circa 1317-1380-90.

He married, according to Douglas’ Peerage, ed. 1754, a daughter of sir Robert Keith, Great Marichal, whom he had by Margaret, daughter of Sir Gilbert Hay, Lord High Constable. This Sir Robert was killed at the Battle of Durham, 1346. Her elder sister married Sir Robert Maitland of Thirlstane and Leithington, ancestor of the Earl of Luderdale.

But according to Douglas and Woods’ Peerage, this Sir Robert Keith had no issue, and it was his sister who married Sir R. Maitland.

According to Burke’s Landed Gentry, this laird married, first, a daughter of Sir Robert Keith, and secondly, a daughter of Sir Thomas Montford of Lonmay; both these marriages seem doubtful.

He was succeeded by his son:

Alexander, the 3rd Laird …

Source: A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE FAMILY OF IRVINE OF DRUM, by Captain Douglas Wimberley, Inverness, 1893, p. 2.
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