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Saturday, December 25, 2010

My 20th Great-Grandfather Was A Rebel

And that's not a bad thing. There are some things you should rebel against.
(This is primarily for my family to see so sorry if I bore everyone else with the family history stuff)

Apparently our family has a rich Scottish history and are related to some Kings of Scotland as well as the patriot William "Braveheart" Wallace.

William Wallace (1272 - 1305)
relationship to you: 20th great grandfather

Elizabeth Wallace (1295 - 1320)
Daughter of William

Lord Richard Galloway Ball (1320 - )
Son of Elizabeth

Sir William Knt Ball (1360 - 1420)
Son of Lord Richard Galloway

LORD John BALL (1405 - 1465)
Son of Sir William Knt

Lord WILLIAM Joseph BALL (1450 - 1480)
Son of LORD John

Lord Robert William Ball (1475 - 1546)
Son of Lord WILLIAM Joseph

William Ball (1505 - 1550)
Son of Lord Robert William

John Paris Ball (1525 - 1599)
Son of William

John Ball (1548 - 1628)
Son of John Paris

William Ball (1573 - 1648)
Son of John

Colonel WILLIAM Atherold BALL (1615 - 1680)
Son of William

Richard Ball (1645 - 1677)
Son of Colonel WILLIAM Atherold

John Ball (1670 - 1742)
Son of Richard

George Ball (1720 - 1801)
Son of John

John Ball (1756 - 1809)
Son of George

Kezziah Ball (1790 - 1856)
Daughter of John

John Gray (1818 - 1856)
Son of Kezziah

Albert Commodore Gray (1845 - 1909)
Son of John

Roy Gray (1884 - 1921)
Son of Albert Commodore

Fern Lorene Gray (1909 - )
Daughter of Roy

Judith Lynn Davis (1938 - )
Daughter of Fern Lorene

Amber Lynn Dyson (1961 - )
Daughter of Judith Lynn

There are some pretty interesting stories of several of the people in this line but the one most American's are aware of (thanks to Hollywood) is that of William Wallace. Here is his story.

William Wallace was born on 1272 in Ellerslie, Scotland. He was the second of three sons of Sir Malcolm Wallace (a minor laird possessing little political power and nobility) and Margaret de Crauford (the daughter of Sir Reginald de Crauford, the Sheriff of Ayr).

Edward I 'Longshanks' succeeded the English throne on 16 November 1272 at the age of thirty-five while in Palestine and crowned on 19 August 1274 at Westminster Abbey, London, England. King Edward I was later to become William Wallace's deadliest adversary.

During this period Scotland was a peaceful and prosperous kingdom under the rule of King Alexander III.

Initially William Wallace was educated at home by his mother, then given schooling and religious education by the monks of Paisley Abbey. Though William Wallace could read and write he was probably more interested in activities such as horsemanship, hunting and swordmanship - sparring with his elder brother Sir Malcolm Wallace Jr. and younger brother John Wallace (later to become one of his trusted comrade-in-arms).

On 19 March 1286, King Alexander III's death plunged Scotland into a state of turmoil. The main perpetrators were Robert Bruce 'the Competitor', 5th Lord Annandale (grandfather of the future king of Scotland - Robert Bruce) in the South and the Comyn's in the North, they were both fighting for rights to claim the Scottish Crown.

The situation escalated when Robert Bruce 'the Competitor' was excluded from being one the Guardians of the Peace (consisting of two earls, two barons and two bishops, appointed by the government of the child monarch, Queen Margaret of Scotland 'the Maid of Norway'). Therefore Robert Bruce 'the Competitor' together with his eldest son, Robert Bruce, the 1st Earl of Carrick (father of the future King of Scotland - Robert Bruce) and co-conspirators instigated the revolt of the Turnberry Band in September 1286. The Guardians of the Peace sensed a challenge to the Scottish Crown and mobilized an army to its defense in the spring of 1287. By the time of the army of law and order were fully mobilized the revolt of the Turnberry Band had lost its momentum. Then Scotland lulled into an uneasy peace for about three years.

When William Wallace was seventeen or eighteen years old he traveled to Dunipace to further his education and lodged with an uncle (a younger brother of his father), a cleric at the chapelry of Cambuskenneth Abbey. At this stage William Wallace demonstrated an aptitude for a career in the Church (a typical role for landless younger sons), e.g. expressing his intellect by showing his command of French, Gaelic and Latin. The credit for initiating William Wallace's passionate desire for liberty goes to his uncle-priest; this can be summed up from his favourite phrase:

Dico tibi verum, libertas optima rerum;Nunquam servili sub nexu vivito, fili.

My son, I tell thee soothfastlie,No gift is like to libertie;Then never live in slaverie.

During 1289, protracted negotiations occurred between King Edward I and King Eirik II of Norway. The negotiations were about the marriage of King Edward I's five years old son, Edward, the Prince of Wales (later to become Edward II) and the six years old Queen Margaret of Scotland, King Eirik II of Norway's daughter. These negotiations resulted in the Treaty of Birgham being ratified on 28 August 1290.

Then Queen Margaret of Scotland traveled from Norway for her arranged marriage with Edward, the Prince of Wales. During the voyage she succumbed to an illness and on 26 September 1290 she died, shortly after landing on Orkney.

Then the main contenders for the Scottish Crown were John Balliol and Robert Bruce 'the Competitor' (both factions were prepared to seize the Scottish Crown by force), in total there were thirteen contenders.

Then a naïve William Fraser, Bishop of St. Andrews (one of the Guardians of the Peace) invited King Edward I to assess each contender's rights to the Scottish Crown. King Edward I agreed, but he had to be regarded as the Lord Paramount of Scotland in order to act as the adviser on the successor of the Scottish Crown. Finally all the contenders readily acknowledged King Edward I as their Lord Paramount and were willing to receive his judgement. A factor that might have influenced their decision was the fact that the majority of the contenders had substantially larger estates in England than in Scotland and therefore would have lost their English estates if they defied King Edward I.

Then on 11 June 1291, acting as the Lord Paramount of Scotland, King Edward I ordered that on a "temporary basis" every Scottish Castle to be placed under his control and all Scottish officials to be replaced by English ones. Two days later, in Upsettlington, the Guardians of the Peace and the leading nobility of Scotland gathered to swear allegiance to King Edward I as their superior and direct lord of the kingdom of Scotland. All Scots were also required to pay homage to King Edward I as their Lord Paramount, either in person or at one of the designated centres in Ayr, Dumfries, Inverness and Perth by 27 July 1291.

Sir Reginald de Crauford in his capacity as the Sheriff of Ayr administered the homage to be paid to Edward I and would have immediately noticed that his son-in-law's name didn't appear in the list that complied. Then Sir Malcolm Wallace and his eldest son fled north to Lennox to avoid the imposed penalties for not complying to swear to the oath. This resulted in Lady Wallace and her younger sons (William and John) having to be sheltered by her father, Sir Reginald de Crauford.

Then Sir Reginald de Crauford sent the eighteen or nineteen years old William Wallace to Kilspindle in the Carse of Gowrie, together with his mother and younger brother to reside with an uncle of Lady Wallace. William Wallace then attended the nearby church school in Dundee, to be doctrine in the ways of the priesthood. It was at this church-school that William Wallace met John Blair, who later becomes a Benedictine monk then Wallace's future chaplain and comrade in arms.

In the latter months of 1291, an English knight called Fenwick murdered Sir Malcolm Wallace at Loudoun Hill, because of his unwillingness to yield to King Edward I's authority.


Anonymous said...

I was led to your blog when doing some more geneological research on Lord Ball who lived at Barkham Manor in England. I am related to the Ball's, Bruce's and Wallace's in 3 different branches of my maternal ancestry. I enjoyed reading your blog.

Did you know that if you are related to the Ball/Atherold immigrant that you are a cousin to George Washington also?

Keep writing your blog! Ann Clark Morgan

RockyMissouri said...

John Balliol is a direct ancestor of mine (through the Balls)... Thank you for this information...it is fascinating!
I am discovering that we are all related -- spiritually AND literally....! Pretty exciting stuff.....

Jack said...

Braveheart is my 20th Great Grandfather also. Do you know how many people can claim Braveheart as their 20th Great Gradnfather?

Anonymous said...

William Ball is my 10th GGF, John Paris Ball is my 13th. I am related
through my HARRIS maternal line.

Raven Ball said...

Hi, I just came upon this blog while doing some family research. I am new to the whole thing and I have a list of names that I am related to. I was wondering if you could help me with it? One of the names that came up on the list was Lord Robert William Ball. There are quite a few that match your list and I am trying to find out where the family ties separate.