John Comyn II of Badenoch

John Comyn II of Badenoch (died 1302), nicknamed the Black Comyn, was a Scottish nobleman, a Guardian of Scotland, and one of the six Regents for Margaret, Maid of Norway. His father was John Comyn I of Badenoch.

Competitor for the Crown

In 1284 he joined with other Scottish noblemen who acknowledged Margaret of Norway as the heir of King Alexander.[1] He was a Guardian of the Realm from 1286 to 1292.[2] Comyn submitted to the English king in July 1296 at Montrose.[3]

As a descendant of King Donald III, Comyn was one of the thirteen Competitors for the Crown of Scotland. He did not aggressively push his claim for fear of jeopardising that of his brother-in-law John Balliol.[3]

Comyn, head of the most powerful noble family in Scotland, was a committed ally of Balliol and assisted him in his struggle against Edward I of England. It has even been suggested that the Comyn family were the driving force behind both the Balliol kingship and the revolt against Edward's demands. John Comyn is credited with the building of several large castles or castle houses in and around Inverness. Parts of Mortlach (Balvenie Castle) and Inverlochy Castle still stand today. John Comyn as his father was before him was entrusted by Alexander III of Scotland with the defence of Scotland's northern territories from invasion by the Vikings and the Danes.


Comyn married Eleanor de Balliol, daughter of John I de Balliol of Barnard Castle, sister of King John of Scotland. Together they had several children, which included:


John Comyn II of Badenoch died at Lochindorb Castle,[3] in 1302.


  1. Foedera, p. 228
  2. G. W. S. Barrow, Robert Bruce and the Community of the Realm of Scotland (2005) p. 188.
  3. Tout 1887.
  4. SCOTTISH ROYAL LINEAGE - THE HOUSE OF ATHOLL Part 2 of 6 Burkes Peerage Retrieved on 2007-11-01
  5. ,Comyn01 @ Stirnet Retrieved on 2007-11-04


  • Tout, Thomas Frederick (1887). "Comyn, John (d.1300?)" . In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 11. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 459–460.
  • Rymer, Thomas,Foedera Conventiones, Literae et cuiuscunque generis Acta Publica inter Reges Angliae. London. 1745. (Latin)
  • Young, Alan (2004). "Comyn, Sir John, lord of Badenoch (d. c. 1302)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online). doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/6045.

4. Clan Galbraith History:

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Comyn I
Lord of Badenoch
Succeeded by
John Comyn III
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