The Royal Court

The King is attended at court by a variety of nobles, including the various mormaers, the lesser kings of surrounding lands who have sword allegiance, landed knights in the king’s service, and the immediate family of any of the above. Those who have specific roles in the running of the Kingdom are known as the officers of Scotland.

The Seal of Walter Fitz Alan, Steward

OFFICERS OF SCOTLAND:

  • The Steward is responsible for managing the royal household and the position is hereditary.
  • The Chancellor is in charge of the royal chapel and scribes, and is appointed by the king.
  • The Chamberlain controls the royal finances by appointment of the king.
  • The Constable is responsible for the king’s military resources and the position is hereditary.
  • The Marshal is responsible for the cavalry.
  • The Butler or Cupbearer is a minor office and serves the king directly, perhaps as taster amongst other things.

THE CURRENT OFFICERS OF SCOTLAND:

  • STEWARD: Walter fitz Alan, Lord of Strathgryfe, first Hereditary High Steward of Scotland since 1138. He holds lands in Paisley, Pollock, Cathcart, Kyle, Ayr, and Berwick in exchange for five knights service. He is married to Eschyna de Londoniis and his son is Alan fitz Walter.
  • CHANCELLOR: Enguerrand, Chancellor of Scotland since 1165.
  • CHAMBERLAIN: Walter de Berkley of Redcastle and Inverkeilor is the Lord Chamberlain of Scotland. He holds the lands of Urr in Desnes Ioan, among others.
  • CONSTABLE: Richard de Morville, Lord of Cunninghame, son of Hugh de Morville, Constable of Scotland since 1162, Knight of Cunninghame and Lauderdale, with lands in Kyle, Cumbria, and Huntingdon. He is married to Avice, daughter of William de Lancaster, Baron of Kendal.
  • MARSHAL: Hervey de Keith, Lord of Keith (East Lothian) and first Marischal of Scotland
  • BUTLER: Ranulf de Soulis, Butler of Scotland, second lord of Liddesdale from 1170. Possibly a wizard. He maintains a Motte and Bailey castle at Castle Liddes (near the confluence of the Liddes & Esk Rivers)

OTHER OFFICES AND NOTABLE FIGURES:

  • David of Scotland, Earl of Huntingdon since 1165 when he inherited the earldom from his older brother Mael Coluim IV. David is the younger brother of William the Lion of Scotland. David doesn’t hold an office in Scotland but is very close with his brother and can frequently be found in his presence. As such, he is effectively William’s right-hand man and so plays a roll in the government.
  • Richard de Prebenda is clerk to William the Lion.
  • Mairs are servants to the King who are responsible for collecting the payment of cain and for issuing writs and summons.
  • Judices are active in all the lands, including Galloway, and are repositories of traditional law and custom.

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Kings and Lords
The Gaelic clanns
Knights and their service
Burghs, Touns, and Vills
Organization of the Church
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