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Exercise in Family History

Updated: Jul 10, 2021

I have been charged with writing a family history for my HIST 701 course. I could write about Sir Robert Boyd who was a commander in Robert Bruce’s army during the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 or about another Robert Boyd who was raised to peerage in 1454 by King James II to Lord Boyd of Kilmarnock and who became regent for his infant son James III upon James II’s untimely death. Lord Boyd arranged the marriage of James III to Princess Margaret of Denmark and Norway and part of the dowry were the Orkney and Shetland Islands. William Boyd, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock would also be a good candidate to write about. He originally was on the side of the government during the 1715 rebellion in Scotland, but he switched sides during the Jacobite Rebellion in 1745 and fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie. William was executed in London in 1746 after the Battle of Culloden. The Boyd Clan certainly has an interesting history.

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