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Robert II / Kings and Queens
- Name : Robert II
- Born : 1316
- Died : 1390
- Category : Kings and Queens
- Finest Moment : Second marriage.
Born 2 March 1216 the eldest son of Walter, 6th High Steward of Scotland, and Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert I. He was heir presumptive for more than 50 years, and by the time he did finally mount the throne of Scotland any interest or energy he might have had, had long gone. He seems to have diverted his energies in any case towards the ladies, being the father of at least 21 children in total, only four of which could be held to be legitimate.
He did fight well at the disastrous battle of Halidon Hill in 1333, against John Balliol with his English archers, but to some extent he remains still a largely shadowy figure. In 1347 he married Elizabeth Mure of Rowallan, this after he had already had several children by her.
The two were somewhat too closely related for their children to have a firm claim to the throne, and it fell to his second marriage, to Euphemia Ross in 1355, which produced two sons and two daughters, to realise a more legitimate heir to the throne in his eldest son, the Earl of Carrick (later Robert III).
He died, worn out, at Dundonald Castle in Ayrshire, on 19 April 1390.