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  • ID: I17085
  • Name: Robert Maxwell Sir Knight 11th Lord Maxwell
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1340 in Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
  • MAP:
  • LATI: N54.975
  • LONG: W3.5239 1
  • Occupation: 9th of Caerlaverock 2
  • Death: BEF 8 FEB 1409 in Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
  • MAP:
  • LATI: N54.975
  • LONG: W3.5239 1
  • Name: Robert Maxwell Lord Maxwell 3 4 2 1
  • Occupation: 11th Lord of Maxwell 4 3 2
  • Occupation: Sir Knight 2
  • Name: Robert Maxwell Sir Knight 9th of Caerlaverock
  • Death: BEF 8 FEB 1409 2
  • Note:
    [Isiaha Lee.ged]

    Sir Robert Maxwell, Knight, eleventh Lord of Maxwell, and ninth of Carlaverock, 1373-1409.

    Of the history of Sir Robert, who succeeded his father about the year 1373, little is known. He represented the house of Maxwell in the reigns of three monarchs, of Robert (Stuart) the Second, whose reign began 22d February 1370-71, and ended 19th April 1390; of Robert the Third, whose reign began 19th April 1390, and ended 4th April 1406; and of James the First, whose reign began 4th April 1406, and ended 21st February 1436-7. Unlike most of the representatives of the House of Maxwell, Sir Robert, though he possessed the estates about forty years, has left no mark in history. His name does not appear in connexion with any of the public affairs, civil or ecclesiastical, of the eventful period in which he lived. It rarely occurs even in family transactions, owing partly, it may be, to the paucity of the documents of that description which have been preserved.

    During his father's lifetime, Robert of Maxwell, under the designation of 'Lord of Mearns,' granted a charter, which is dated 4th March 1371, of his lands of the Dryppys, with the pertinents, in the barony of Kilbryde and shire of Lanark, to Sir John Maxwell, knight, Lord of Nether Pollok, his cousin, and Lady Isabella, reserving to himself and to his heirs the hill nearest the town of the Dryppys, on the summit of which a certain stone was erected. This hill the granter reserved for his courts, to be held there as often as should be required, for the administration of justice, by prosecuting the inhabitants of these lands for injuries commited by them against the granter or his heirs only.

    On 19th September 1371, as we have seen before, he was put in possession of the fee of the lands of the house of Maxwell on the resignation of his father, who reserved to himself the liferent, and to his spouse her terce.

    He received from King Robert the Second a charter of all his lands which he held of the King in chief. In the charter he is designated 'Robert of Maxwell, son and heir of John Maxwell, knight.'

    About the year 1400, Sir Robert of Maxwell, knight, Lord of Carlaverock, granted a charter of donation to the Monastery of Dryburgh of that land lying in the territory of Wester Pencaitland, in the canstbulary of Haddington, which John Maitland, Lord of Thirlestane, held of him, and which he purely and simply resigned. The land was to be held by that monastery for rendering thence annually to the granter and his heirs one silver penny. This charter he granted for the welfare of his soul, and for the welfare of all his ancestors and successors, and of the souls of all the faithful departed.

    It was about this time that the lands of Balmacreuchie, in Perthshire, were acquired by the Maxwell family. It is probable that it was this Sir Robert who acquired them, and that they became his property by his marrying the heiress of that estate; but no record of the acquisition has been discovered, or the name of the heiress.

    Sir Robert began to build the Castle of Carlaverock on the site of the present ruin - the only undertaking with which his name is associated - and it was completed by his successors.

    He died before the 8th of February 1409, as we infer from a charter granted by the Earl of Douglas, 8th February 1409-10, to his son, Sir Herbert of Maxwell, who is styled 'Lord of Carlaverock,' a designation which would probably not have been applied to the son had the father been alive.
    [The Book of Carlaverock I:119-120]



    Father: John Maxwell Sir Knight

    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
      1. Has No Children Margaret Maxwell b: ABT 1365 in Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
      2. Has Children Herbert Maxwell Sir 12th Lord of Maxwell b: ABT 1366 in Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
      3. Has No Children Aymer Maxwell b: ABT 1370 in Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

      1. Title: Isiaha Lee
          Name: RootsWeb's WorldConnect

        Text: Date of Import: Jun 10, 2007
      2. Author: William Fraser
        Title: The Book of Carlaverock, Memoirs of the Maxwells, Earls of Nithsdale,Lords Maxwell & Herries
        Publication: Name: Name: Name: 1873;;;
        Source Medium: Book

        The Book of Carlaverock, Memoirs of the Maxwells, Earls of Nithsdale, Lords Maxwell & Herries; William Fraser {1873}

        Page: I:119-120
      3. Author: Charles Mosely, Editor-in-Chief
        Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, 1999
        Publication: Name: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd; Location: Crans, Switzerland; Date: 1999;
        2 volumes

        Page: 1883
      4. Author: G.E. Cokayne, with Vicary Gibbs
        Title: The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, 2000
        Publication: Name: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1910-1959; Location: Gloucester, U.K; Date: 2000;
        Page: VIII:589

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