Lady Matilda of Chester, Countess of Huntingdon

Female 1171 - 1233  (62 years)

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  • Name Matilda of Chester 
    Title Lady 
    Suffix Countess of Huntingdon 
    Birth 1171  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Death 6 Jan 1233  (Scotland) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I46726  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2019 

    Father Sir Hugh de Kevelioc, Knight, 5th Earl of Chester,   b. 0___ 1147, Kevelioc, Monmouth, Wales Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 30 Jun 1181, Leek, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Mother Lady Bertrade de Montfort, Comtess d'Evreux,   b. 1155, Chester, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 31 Mar 1227, Evreux, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 72 years) 
    Marriage 1169  [3, 4
    Family ID F17141  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sir David of Scotland, Earl of Huntingdon,   b. 1152, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 17 Jun 1219, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 67 years) 
    Marriage 26 Aug 1190  [1, 2
     1. Margaret of Huntingdon, Lady of Galloway,   b. ~ 1194, Galloway, Wigtownshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 0___ 1223 (Age ~ 29 years)
     2. Isabella of Huntingdon,   b. 1199   d. 1251 (Age 52 years)
     3. Sir John of Scotland, 9th Earl of Huntingdon,   b. 1207   d. 6 Jun 1237 (Age 30 years)
     4. Ada of Huntingdon,   b. ~1200, Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. ~1242, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 42 years)
    Family ID F17120  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2023 

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • Matilda of Chester,[1][2] Countess of Huntingdon (1171 – 6 January 1233)[2][3] was an Anglo-Norman noblewoman, sometimes known as Maud and sometimes known with the surname de Kevelioc. She was a daughter of Hugh de Kevelioc, 5th Earl of Chester, and the wife of David of Scotland, Earl of Huntingdon. Through her daughter, Isobel, she was an ancestress of Robert the Bruce.


      Lady Maude was born in 1171, the eldest child of Hugh de Kevelioc (aka Hugh de Meschines), 5th Earl of Chester and Bertrade de Montfort, a cousin of King Henry II of England. Her paternal grandparents were Ranulf de Gernon and Maud (Matilda) of Gloucester, the granddaughter of King Henry I of England, and her maternal grandparents were Simon III de Montfort, Count of âEvreux and Mahaut.

      Lady Matilda's five siblings were:

      Ranulf de Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester
      Richard[4] (died young)
      Mabel of Chester, Countess of Arundel
      Agnes (Alice) of Chester, Countess of Derby
      Hawise of Chester, Countess of Lincoln.
      She also had a sister, Amice (or Amicia) of Chester, who may have been illegitimate.[2]

      Matilda's father died in 1181 when she was ten years of age. He had served in King Henry's Irish campaigns after his estates had been restored to him in 1177. They had been confiscated by the King as a result of his taking part in the baronial Revolt of 1173–1174. His son Ranulf succeeded him as Earl of Chester, and Matilda became a co-heiress of her brother.

      Dervorguilla of Galloway, a granddaughter of Matilda of Chester

      Marriage and issue

      On 26 August 1190, she married David of Scotland, 8th Earl of Huntingdon, a Scottish prince, son of Henry of Scotland, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon, and a younger brother of Malcolm IV of Scotland and William I of Scotland. He was almost thirty years Matilda's senior. The marriage was recorded by Benedict of Peterborough.[5]

      David and Matilda had seven children:

      Margaret of Huntingdon (c. 1194 – after 1 June 1233), married Alan, Lord of Galloway, by whom she had two daughters, including Dervorguilla of Galloway.
      Robert of Huntingdon (died young)
      Ada of Huntingdon, married Sir Henry de Hastings, by whom she had one son, Henry de Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings.
      Matilda (Maud) of Huntingdon (-aft.1219, unmarried)
      Isobel of Huntingdon (1199–1251), married Robert Bruce, 4th Lord of Annandale, by whom she had two sons, including Robert de Brus, 5th Lord of Annandale.
      John of Scotland, Earl of Huntingdon (1207 – 6 June 1237), married Elen ferch Llywelyn. He succeeded his uncle Ranulf as Earl of Chester in 1232, but died childless.
      Henry of Huntingdon (died young)[2][6]
      Her husband David had four illegitimate children by various mistresses.[5]

      On her brother Ranulf's death in October 1232 Matilda inherited a share in his estates with her other 3 sisters, and his Earldom of Chester suo jure. Less than a month later with the consent of the King, Matilda gave an inter vivos gift of the Earldom to her son John the Scot who became Earl of Chester by right of his mother.[7] He was formally invested by King Henry III as Earl of Chester[2] on 21 November 1232.[8] He became Earl of Chester in his own right on the death of his mother six weeks later.

      Matilda died on 6 January 1233 at the age of about sixty-two. Her husband had died in 1219. In 1290, upon the death of Margaret, Maid of Norway, which caused the extinction of the legitimate line of William I, the descendants of David and Matilda became the prime competitors for the crown of Scotland. Through their daughter, Isobel, they were the direct ancestors of the renowned Scottish King, Robert the Bruce.


      Jump up ^ Cokayne, G.E. et al, 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 III
      ^ Jump up to: a b c d e Charles Cawley. "England, earls created 1067-1122". Medieval Lands.
      Jump up ^ Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999)
      Jump up ^ That Richard is a son of Earl Hugh, Matilda's father, is recorded in the Domesday Descendants.
      ^ Jump up to: a b Charles Cawley. "Kings of Scotland". Medieval Lands.
      Jump up ^ " - Person Page 10777". Retrieved 2008-11-08.
      Jump up ^ Burke, John, A general and heraldic dictionary of the peerages of England, Ireland, and Scotland
      Jump up ^ Earl of Chester

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  • Sources 
    1. [S9973] "David, Earl of Huntingdon" biography, accessed & downloaded Thurssday, November 17th, 2016 by David A. Hennessee, http.

    2. [S9974] "Matilda of Chester, Countess of Huntingdon" biography, accessed & downloaded Thurssday, November 17th, 2016 by David A.

    3. [S10013] "Hugh de Kevelioc, 5th Earl of Chester" biography, accessed & downloaded Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 by David A. Henn.

    4. [S10083] "Bertrade d'Everaux de Montfort, Comtess d'Evreux" biography, accessed & downloaded Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by David.