John de Soules (died 1310)

Sir John de Soules (or de Soulis or Soules) (died 1310) was Guardian of Scotland from 1301 to 1304, at a crucial period in the Wars of Scottish Independence.

John de Soules
Arms of John de Soules; Barry of six argent and gules, a bendlet.[1]
Guardian of the Kingdom of Scotland
(Second Interregnum)
In office
Preceded by
Succeeded byRobert I (as King of Scots)
Personal details


John was the second son of the William de Soules (d. c.1292), Lord of Liddesdale and Ermengarde Durward. John had previously protected Galloway from Sir Andrew Harclay, Earl of Carlisle and Warden of the English March. He appointed in 1292 the custodian of Hugh Lovel. In 1301 after the resignations of Robert The Bruce and John III Comyn, Lord of Badenoch he was appointed Guardian of Scotland. John, was exiled and died in France in 1310.

Marriage and issue

He married Halwise Stewart, the daughter of Alexander Stewart, 4th High Steward of Scotland and Jean Macrory, they had the following known issue:

  • Muriel, married Richard Lovel, had issue.


  1. McAndrew, p. 71.


  • McAndrew, Bruce A. Scotland's Historic Heraldry, Boydell Press, 2006. ISBN 9781843832614
  • Peter Traquair Freedom's Sword
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