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Robert Boyd (II)
Robert Boyd. (II). (Robert, Dictus Boyt). [BOYD Family Chart].
Born (about 1225)(about 1230) in Noddsdale Water, Cunninghame, Ayrshire, Scotland; son of Robert Boyd (I).
In a charter of Sir John Erskine, of the lands of Halsheil (Halkhill), in 1262, he is designed Robertus de Boyd, miles. (S1).
He distinguished himself remarkably at the battle of Largs (Largis) on 2 October 1263, where king Alexander III obtained a glorious victory over Haco (Hakon) king of Norway over possession of the western islands of Scotland. For this good service, king Alexander rewarded him with a grant of several lands in Cunninghame, Aryshire. (S1,S2,S3).
He is known in history as the hero of Goldberry Hill where According to the History of Rowallane: “Acho or Haakon, King of Norway, landit at Air with 160 schips and 20,000 men to claim land promised by Macbeth to his predecessors but not yet handed over”.
The Rowallan account identifies the islands of Arran, Bute and the two Cumbraes as the disputed land. During this battle Sir Robert Boyd of Noddsdale (near Largs) and his company of soldiers put the enemy to flight at Goldberry Hill, south of the main engagement, near Portincross. The battle was a complete victory for the Scots and as a result of this victory the word "Goldberry" was placed on the Boyd Arms in commemoration of his services. (S3).
He died about the year (1270-S1)(1290) Cunninghame, Ayrshire, Scotland.
He died between 1272 and 1290 and it could be that he died in 1290, when during the invasion and occupation of Scotland by the armies of Edward I, the English committed an atrocity in Ayr by hanging a number of Scottish nobles. Sir Robert Boyd, the hero of Goldberry Hill may have been amongst the murdered men along with members of the Wallace family. (S3).
CHILDREN of Robert Boyd (II):
- Robert Boyd (III). [BOYD Family Chart].
- [S1]. BOYD Lord BOYD and Earl of KILMARNOCK. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/ecco/004896980.0001.000/1:142?rgn=div1;view=fulltext.
- [S2].Boyd Family Information Page. Clan Boyd Society, International. Richard G. and Jerri Lynn Boyd. http://www.webring.org/l/rd?ring=rootsweb;id=5;url=http%3A%2F%2Fhomepages%2Erootsweb%2Eancestry%2Ecom%2F%7Eclanboyd%2Findex%2Ehtm.
- [S3]. Robert Boyd. WikiTree. http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Boyd-2538.