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Hugh de Ross, Earl of Ross

Scots Gaelic: Aodh mac Uilleam O'Beolan, Mormaer na Rois, Latin: Hugonis de Ross, comitis de Ross
Also Known As: "Hew Lord of Ros", "Hugh Builton.Hugh MacTaggart (O'Bjolans)", "3rd Earl of Moray", "Aodh", "Fourth Mormaer (Earl) of Ross"
Birthplace: Fearn, Ross, Ross And Cromarty, Scotland
Death: July 19, 1333 (52-61)
Halidon Hill, Berwick On Tweed, Northumberland, England (Killed in Battle of Halidon Hill)
Place of Burial: Fearn Abbey, Fearn, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of William II, 3rd Earl of Ross and Euphemia de Barclay (de Berkeley)
Husband of Matilda (Maud) Bruce and Margaret Graham
Father of Marjory de Ross; William III, 5th Earl of Ross; John Ross; Hugh Ross, 1st of Balnagowen and Euphemia de Ross, Queen Consort of Scotland
Brother of Isabel of Ross; Sir John Ross, Knight and Sir Walter Ross

Occupation: 4th Earl of Ross
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About Hugh, 4th Earl of Ross

Hugh, Earl of Ross,_Earl_of_Ross

Mormaer of Ross 1323–1333

  • Preceded by Uilleam II
  • Succeeded by Uilleam III


  • Matilda
  • Margaret de Graham

Children with Matilda

  • William de Ross, 5th Earl of Ross d. 9 Feb 1371/72
  • John Ross d. 27 May 1364
  • Marjory Ross

Children with Margaret

  • Eupheme de Ross, Countess of Moray d. 1387
  • Hugh Ross d. 10 Aug 1374

Died 19 July 1333 Halidon Hill


Hugh [probably Gaelic: Aodh], was the third successor of Ferchar mac in tSagairt as Mormaer of Ross (1323–1333).

Hugh was a favorite of King Robert I of Scotland, who endowed him with many lands. Aodh even married Robert's sister, Matilda. Aodh's young brother, Iain, was given marriage to the Margaret Comyn, heiress of Buchan (although he died childless).

Hugh was married twice: (1) Matilda, sister of Robert I "the Bruce", King of Scots, and (2) Margaret de Graham, daughter of Sir David de Graham of Montrose. With Matilda, Hugh had several children, including his son and successor William. By Margaret, Hugh had at least one daughter Euphemia de Ross, who married (1) John Randolph, 3rd Earl of Moray and (2) by dispensation (due to affinity) Robert Stewart, Earl of Strathearn, subsequently Robert II, King of Scots (1371–1390) as his second wife. Euphemia is sometimes incorrectly assigned as a daughter of Matilda, but this would have involved consanguinity in the 2nd and 3rd degrees which was not stated in the dispensation for her marriage to Robert Stewart [3rd degree of affinity, and 4th degree of consanguinity: Andrew Stuart, Genealogical History of the Stewarts, pp. 420–421]. Hugh and Margaret Graham are usually also assigned a daughter Janet, wife of Sir John de Monymusk [Scots Peerage VII:237, cites Anderson's Dip. Scot., p. lix, and Earldom of Strathern, Nicolas]. This has been found to be erroneous, as Janet was actually Janet de Barclay, daughter of Margaret de Graham by her 2nd husband, John de Barclay of Gartley [see John Ravilious, "The Ancestry of Euphemia, Countess of Ross: Heraldry as Genealogical Evidence", in The Scottish Genealogist Vol. LV, No. 1 (March 2008)]. All received prestigious marriage partners (including to the earls of Buchan and Moray, to Maol Íosa IV, Earl of Strathearn and the future king Robert II.

He was killed along many other Scottish nobles at the Battle of Halidon Hill on 19 July 1333, and was succeeded by his son and successor, Uilleam.


"This particular Cairney ancestress, Lady Maud Bruce, had married the vastly powerful Scottish magnate, Hugh, fourth Earl of Ross (Ross, like Fife and Strathearn, being one of the original Seven Earldoms of Scotland). This Earl of Ross was, the heir of the ancient and unbroken line of O'Bjolan."


  • Barrow, G.W.S., Robert Bruce and the Community of the Realm of Scotland, (Edinburgh, 1988)
  • Sir James Balfour Paul, Scots Peerage, Vol. VII:236-237
  • John P. Ravilious, The Ancestry of Euphemia, Countess of Ross: Heraldry as Genealogical Evidence, The Scottish Genealogist Vol. LV, No. 1 (March 2008), pp. 33–38
  • Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.

Hugh O'Beolan, fourth Earl of Ross, killed at the Battle of Halidon Hill on 19 July 1333, was twice married, with children by both wives.

He married first, in 1308, to Lady Maud Bruce, sister to the King.  Their children:

  1. William, 5th Earl of Ross.  Died 9 Feb 1372.  Married Mary, daughter of Angus Og, Lord of the Isles.
  2. John.  Died 27 May 1364.
  3. Marjory.  Married  Malise, Earl of Straithearn.
  • The Scots peerage; founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's peerage of Scotland; containing an historical and genealogical account of the nobility of that kingdom by Paul, James Balfour, Sir, 1846-1931, ed. dn  Published 1904. Vol Vll, 1910. "The Ancient Earls of Ross" page 236-237.  Hugh, fourth Earl of Ross. Married twice, issue by both wives. 1. Lady Maud Bruce, sister of the King.  2. Margaret, daughter of Sir David Graham of Old Montrose, who survived him and married again, in 1341, to John de Barclay.



Han hedder på gælisk Aodh - Earl of Ross.

Han faldt i slaget ved Halidon Hill

kilde "Balnagown, ancestral home of the Caln Ross"

From Historical Records of the Family of Leslie from 1067 to 1868-9: Collected from Public Records and Authentic Private Sources, Volume 1. Charles Joseph Leslie. Edmonston and Douglas, 1869 Pages 170 - 173

V._Hugh, fifth Earl, who had charters from King Robert I. to himself and his wife, Maud, the king's sister, of the lands of Nairn, with the town, and of the town of Crumbachie, or Cromarty, with an annual rent. He had also charters of the thanage of Glendouachy in Banffshire: of the lands of Sky, of Trouterness in Sky, of Tarnedelle and Innerafren, of Straglass and Strathconan; of Kinfauns in Perthshire, with the fishings; and to him and his spouse, of the barony of Inverlunan. He had a controversy with Andrew de Moravia concerning the lands of Dromcudyn, Munlochy, and others, 3d July 1328. King Edward III. ratified a treaty with King Robert I. at Northampton, 4th May 1328, for a marriage between David, son and heir of Robert I., and Johanna, sister of Edward III., both then under age, and Hugh, Earl of Ross, and Robert de Lawdor, Justiciary of Lothian, swore that all the articles of the treaty would be observed. Hugh, Earl of Ross, resigned into the king's hands the patronage of the church of Philorth in Buchan, 29th March 1330.

He married first Jean, daughter of Walter, High Steward of Scotland, but does not seem to have had any issue by her; he married, secondly, Maud, sister of King Robert Bruce, and had issue —
I. William, who succeeded him. II. Hugh Ross of Rarichies, of whom there are several notices in Robertson's Index. A safe-conduct was granted, 3d September 1351, to Hugh Ross, brother and presumptive heir of the Earl of Ross, as one of the hostages for David II. when the king was allowed to visit his dominions in that year. Hugh de Ross, Lord of Philorth, son of the deceased Hugh, Earl of Ross, granted a charter to Adam Urquhart, Sheriff of Cromarty, of the lands of Fohesterdy in Buchan, 1st August 1365. He also granted a charter to Alexander de Santo Claro of the lands of Estirtyre in Aberdeenshire. David II. granted a charter of ten pounds and four chalders of wheat due to the king out of the lands of Doun in Banffshire, to Hugo de Ross, and Margaret de Barclay his spouse, 26th February 1369. Another charter of the same was granted to Hugh de Roos de Kynfaunys, and Margaret his spouse, by Robert II., 1st June 1373. Hugh, de Ross seems to have died soon after this, as Robert II., 10th August 1374, granted a charter ratifying a grant made by the late William, Earl of Ross, "our brother", to the late Hugh de Ross, his brother, of the lands of Balnagoune, Achanyll, and Corty, and an annual rent of four pounds from Tarbard in the earldom of Ross, to be held by William de Ross, son and heir of the said late Hugh, and his heirs. From this Hugh de Ross descended Munro Ross of Pitcalnie, who, in February 1778, presented a petition to the king, showing that the title and dignity of Earl of Ross was very ancient, and was limited to and held in the male line till the death of William, Earl of Ross, in 1370; that the said William, Earl of Ross, dying without male issue, left two daughters — Lady Eufamia, who married Sir Walter Leslie, and Lady Johanna, who married Sir Alexander Fraser; that the said Earl of Ross left a brother, Hugh Ross of Rarichies, who, as heir-male, was entitled to take the title and dignity of Earl of Ross, but being opposed and oppressed by the power and influence of the husbands of his nieces, and also by the Duke of Albany, Regent of Scotland, he was obliged to submit to their usurpation of his rights; that the petitioner was the male descendant of the foresaid Hugh Ross of Rarichies, brother of the last Earl of Ross and, as such was entitled to the foresaid title and dignity. Therefore he humbly prayed the king that the title and dignity of Ross, Earl of Ross, might be declared of right to belong to him and his heirs-male. By the king's command the petition was presented to the House of Lords, 9th February 1778, but no determination appears to have been come to thereon. III. Lady Lilias, married to William Urchard of Cromarty, who was hereditary sheriff of that county in the reign of Robert Bruce, 1306-1329. Their son, Adam Urchard, got from William, sixth Earl of Ross, a charter of the lands of Inchrory in Ross, dated 30th September 1338; and also charters of the davach lands of Bray, dated at Dingwall, 6th January 1349. IV. Lady Eufamia, married, first, to John Randolph, Earl of Moray, who was killed at the battle of Durham, in 1346; secondly, to Robert, Earl of Strathern, afterwards King Robert II., for which marriage a papal dispensation was obtained 2d May 1355. V. Lady Janet, married, first, to Monymusk of Monymusk; and secondly, to Sir Alexander Moray of Abercairney.

Hugh, Earl of Ross, and Kenneth, Earl of Sutherland, commanded the advanced guard of the Scottish army at the battle of Halidon Hill, 22d July 1333, when the Earl of Ross was slain. He was succeeded by his eldest son,

of Barsikus


ID: I10738 Name: Hugh de Ross Sex: M Birth: in 4th Earl of Ross Death: 19 JUL 1333 Reference Number: 10738 Note: Hugh de Ross, 4th Earl of Ross was the son of William de Ross, 3rd Earl of Ross and Euphemia. He married, firstly, Matilda Bruce, daughter of Sir Robert le Brus, 1st Lord Brus and Margaret of Carrick, Countess of Carrick, circa 1308.2 He married, secondly, Margaret Graham, daughter of Sir David Graham, before 29 November 1329.3 He married, thirdly, Jean Stewart, daughter of Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland and Alice Erskine.4 He died on 19 July 1333. Hugh de Ross, 4th Earl of Ross was also known as Hugh Leslie. He gained the title of 4th Earl of Ross.1

Family 1 Matilda Bruce b. before 1292, d. between 1323 and 1329 Children Matilda de Ross d. a 13505 William de Ross, 5th Earl of Ross+ b. b 1323, d. 13725

Family 2 Jean Stewart b. before 1327

Family 3 Margaret Graham b. before 1314 Child Eupheme de Ross, Countess of Moray+ b. b 1334, d. 13876

Citations [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume XI, page 144. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage. [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 208. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume XI, page 145. [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family, page 214. [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family, page 209. [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family, page 223.

Hugh "Earl of Ross, Earl of Stratherne de Sotheronland, Hugh O'Beolan" de Ross formerly Ross

Born 1275 in Fearn, Ross and Cromarty, Scotlandmap

Son of William (Ross) de Ross and Euphemia (Balliol) Ross

Brother of [private brother (unknown - unknown)], John Ross, Lillas Ross and Isabella Ross

Husband of Matilda (Brus) de Brus — married 1308 [location unknown]

Husband of Margaret (Graham) Ross — married before November 24, 1329 [location unknown]

Father of Margery (Ross) Strathearn, William (Ross) de Ross, John Ross, Margaret Ross, Hugh Ross, Euphemia (Ross) Stewart, Janet O'Beolan, Jean (Ross) Munro and Lilias Ross

Died July 19, 1333 in Halidon Hill, Berwick On Tweed, Northumberland,Englandmap

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Hugh, 4th Earl of Ross's Timeline

Fearn, Ross, Ross And Cromarty, Scotland
Fearn,Ross,Ross And Cromarty,Scotland
Fearn, Ross, Ross And Cromarty, Scotland
of Fearn, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Balnagowan, Scotland
July 19, 1333
Age 57
Halidon Hill, Berwick On Tweed, Northumberland, England
Cromarty Castle, Cromarty, Scotland (United Kingdom)