Name: Robert I BOYD , Sir Knight
Given Name: Robert I
Suffix: , Sir Knight
Birth: ABT. 1220 in of Gavin & Risk, Ayrshire, Scotland
Death: 1270 in Noddsdale Water, Cunninghame, Ayrshire, Scotland
Family History (from Burke's Peerage):
Change Date: 3 Nov 2002 at 01:00:00
A descent for the Boyd's has been claimed from Simon, Brother of WalterHigh Steward of Scotla nd 1160 and ancestor in the male line of the Stuartor Stewart dynasty that ruled first Scotla nd and then England and Irelandas well. A Sir Robert Boyd was certainly living 1205, and on e Robert"the" or "le" Boyd, allegedly grandson of Simon, fought for Alexander IIIagainst inva ding Norsemen at the indecisive Battle of Largs 1263. AnotherRobert Boyd was one of the firs t to join William Wallace's rising againstthe dominant English in the last years of the 13t h century, but no linkbetween these and the Boyd's below is proven.
Notes from Sally Walmsley [Geniedash@bigpond.com]:
first appeared in a charter to Halkhillin 1262, but was to spring intoprominence in the follo wing year in the battle of Largs. At that timeNorway claimed dominion over all the Scottis h islands and much of thewester Highlands, the area which was later to become the Lordship o f theIsles. The Scots did not accept their claim. In 1263, King Haco ofNorway decided to en force his claim to sovereignty, and set out fromnorway with the largest fleet ever seen off S cotland, some one hundredadn fifty ships, he in his own gilded galley. He sailed first to th eOrkneys which he subdued: but whilst anchored there, there was a totaleclipse of the sun , a terrifying omen for the Norsemen. Haco sailed ontothe Hebrides which he reduced, and the n sout to capture Bute and Arran.He sent marauding parties ashore at the head of Loch Long, a nd to attackAyr castle. Meanwhile, King Alexander III of Scotland had drawn up hisarm in Ayrs hire, and entered into skilful and lengthy negotiations withHaco, whose fleet was achored i n the lee of the Cumbraes, off the Bay ofLargs. He kept him talking until the October storms , which in 1263 seemto have been exceptionally violent, driving the Norse fleet into LargsBay , where several of the ships were wrecked. Haco put a force ashore,which was soon despatche d by the Scots. After three days of storm, Hacodecided to put his whole army ashore. By tha t time, the whole Scottisharmy was drawn up at Largs, and the Norse were massacred. Burial m oundsreputed to be of those killed in the Battle of Largs still stand, closeto the Huntersto n atomic power station. Haco never returned to Norway.In the battle, Robert Boyd saved the K ing's life when his horse bolted,and for this and his part in the battle, he was awarded hi s knighthoodand the lands of Noddsdale in Cunninghame, the northern part ofAyrshire. His cit ation said that 'he possessed a spirit imbued withpatriotic ardour which quailed not at the d anger of war'.
Father: Robert BOYD , Sir b: ABT. 1185 in of Gavin & Risk, Ayrshire, Scotland
- Robert II BOYD , Sir b: ABT. 1250 in Noddsdale Water, Cunninghame, Ayrshire, Scotland
- Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999