[Elizabeth Mure]; Hay, Richard
Title A VINDICATION OF ELIZABETH MORE, FROM THE IMPUTATION OF BEING A CONCUBINE; AND HER CHILDREN, FROM THE TACHE OF BASTARDY: CONFUTING THE CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS OF SOME LATE WRITERS...
Binding Half morocco
Book Condition Very good +
Edition First Edition
Publisher Edinburgh Printed by William Adams junior. Sold by the booksellers of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen 1723
Seller ID 1068
Small 4to (6¾” x 8”). pp. vii; ; 132. Bound in 19th century half blue morocco over marbled boards with gold ruling and the title in gold on the spine. Elizabeth More ("Elizabeth Mure", "Elizabeth More", "Elizabeth Muir", "Elizabeth Mohr", "Elizabeth de la Mohr") (1320 - 1355) was the Countess of Strathearn, Countess of Athol and was the wife of Robert II, King of Scots. Elizabeth Mure (Robert's 4th cousin) was initially Robert's mistress, and all of their children were born out of wedlock.
Hay's treatise attempts to show that Robert's and Elizabeth's marriage occurred in 1334 (see page 109 where Hay states the name of the marriage officiant as Roger MacAdam). Robert sought and was granted a Papal dispensation for his marriage to Elizabeth in 1347 (a dispensation was required since Robert and Elizabeth were 4th cousins) and all of their 10 children were legitimated at this date. A scarce early Scottish history. ESTC T140711.