Agnes Randolph, Countess of Dunbar and March, was better known as Black Agnes. This was due to her dark hair and eyes. She was the wife of Patrick, 9th Earl of Dunbar and March. She was also the daughter of Thomas Randolph, 1st Earl of Moray- nephew and companion-in-arms of Robert the Bruce.
Black Agnes is hailed as a hero for her part in the defense of Dunbar Castle from English attach in 1338. William Montagu, 1st Earl of Salisbury tried for 5 months to take over Dunbar (while her husband, Patrick, was off fighting elsewhere) but realized that he’d never beat her. In their defeated march away from the battle, the soldiers sang “She makes a stir in tower and trench, the brawling boisterous Scottish wench; Came I early, came I late. I found Agnes at the gate.”
Agnes is quoted as saying “Of Scotland’s King I haud my house, I…
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