Isabella of Scotland
b.bet 1425 and 1427 Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
d.bet 13 Oct 1494 and 5 Mar 1499
m. 2 Feb 1423
Facts and Events
Isabella Stewart (autumn of 1426 – 13 October 1494/5 March 1499) was a Scottish princess and by marriage the Duchess of Brittany. Also known as Isabel Stewart and Isabel of Scotland, she was the second daughter of James I of Scotland and Joan Beaufort and the second wife of Duke Francis I of Brittany.
It was said she was more beautiful than her elder sister Margaret, who married the Dauphin of France, and that John VI, Duke of Brittany proposed to marry her to his son; thus he sent ambassadors to Scotland to take a description of her. They reported she was handsome, upright and graceful but she seemed simple too. The Duke's reply was "My friends, return to Scotland and bring her here, she is all I desire, and I will have no other; your clever women do more harm than good".
Upon the death of her sister Margaret, Isabella penned an illuminated prayer book of hours Livre d'Isabeau d'Escosse, which is still in preserved to this day. Like her father she had some reputation as a poet.
She had two children:
Upon her husband's death in 1450, there were talks of Isabella's marrying Charles, Prince of Viana, heir to the disputed Kingdom of Navarre, but this proposal fell through due to the disapproval of Charles VII of France. Her brother James II made vigorous efforts to persuade her to return to Scotland, where he hoped to arrange a second marriage for her. Isabella however refused,saying that she was happy and popular in Brittany and was in any case too frail to travel, and complaining that her brother had never paid her dowry. Isabella died in 1494, which suggests that her claims of ill health 40 years earlier were much exaggerated.