John Dunbar, Earl of Moray

John Dunbar, Earl of Moray (died 1390) was a Scottish nobleman.


John Dunbar was the son of Sir Patrick Dunbar and Lady Isabella Randolph, a daughter of Thomas Randolph, 1st Earl of Moray, and a younger brother to George I, Earl of March. Therefore, he was nephew of the previous Earl of Moray, John Randolph, 3rd Earl of Moray. However he did not inherit the earldom automatically. On his uncle's death it reverted to the crown, and was only awarded to him a few years later around 1374.

The Earl of Moray was one of the senior commanders under James Douglas, 2nd Earl of Douglas, who led the raid into England in July‚ÄďAugust 1388 that culminated at the Battle of Otterburn, where he was in control of the right flank of the Scottish army. Some sources state that he spent the larger part of the fight without his helmet, because of the speed with which the English attacked.[1]

John Dunbar died at York from wounds received from the Earl of Nottingham during a tournament. He married Marjorie Stewart, a daughter of Robert II of Scotland. They had a daughter, Lady Elizabeth Dunbar, the first wife of George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly.

Depictions in fiction

He is an important character in Courting Favour, a historical novel by Nigel Tranter.




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