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Isobel* Black Agnes Randolph (b. 1310, d. 20 Jul 1361)Isobel* Black Agnes Randolph (daughter of Thomas* Randolph and Isobel* Stewart)5 was born 1310 in Stranith, Scotland5, 5, and died 20 Jul 13615, 5.She married Patrick* De Dunbar on Sep 1320 in Dunbar Castle, East Lothian, Scotland5, son of Patrick* de DUNBAR and Ermengarde.
Notes for Isobel* Black Agnes Randolph:
Black" Agnes RANDOLPH
a.k.a. Isabel, "Black Agnes"
b. C 1310; d. C 1369
occ: Countess of Dunbar (1320-1369); Countess of March (1320-1369); Governess of Dunbar Castle; Earl of Moray (1346-1369); Lady of Annandale (1346-1369); Lady of the Isle of Man (1346-1369)
Black Agnes was voted in the Top 100 Women of the Millennium at www.women.com.
Agnes was called "Black Agnes" because of her dark hair and skin colour.
On the 13th January 1338 the English army, led by the Earl of Salisbury, arrived at Dunbar Castle to capture it. The nearby town of Berwick had fallen to the English and Agnes' husband Sir Patrick, 9th Earl of Dunbar was fighting the English elsewhere, so the English expected a quick capitulation.
Salisbury started the siege by hurling rocks and leadshot at the castle walls. When the bombardment had ceased Agnes had her servants clean and dust the walls. Salisbury then had his secret weapon, a battering ram, moved in. Agnes had her men destroy it by dropping a large boulder onto it.
The seige lasted through winter into spring with the castle food supplies running low. On a starless night some townspeople rowing several small boats to relieve the castle by sea. Agnes sent Salisbury a gift of fresh bread and wine.
Salisbury next had Agnes' brother the Earl of Moray, who was a captive of the English, call for the castle's surrender. Salisbury proclaimed that if the castle did not surrender he would kill the Earl Moray. Agnes answered that since her brother had no children that she would become the Earl of Moray upon his death. The castle held for a further five months and Salisbury decided to spare the Earl of Moray's life.
As the defeated English beseigers left Dunbar Castle they sang the following:
She makes a stir in tower and trench,
That brawling, boisterous, Scottish wench;
Came I early, came I late,
I found Agnes at the gate
More About Isobel* Black Agnes Randolph:
Degree: 19 great grandparent from Leo Moss' side.
More About Isobel* Black Agnes Randolph and Patrick* De Dunbar:
Marriage: Sep 1320, Dunbar Castle, East Lothian, Scotland.5
Children of Isobel* Black Agnes Randolph and Patrick* De Dunbar are:
- +Agnes* Elizabeth De Dunbar, b. 1346, Morayshire, Scotland5, 5, d. 1402, Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, Scotland5, 5.
- +George* De Dunbar, b. 1336, Stranith, Scotland5, 5, d. 1423, Dunbar Castle, East Lothian, Scotland5, 5.