John Comyn was often called the Earl of Buchan. He was a member of Clan Comyn a group in the early 14th century. He was a chief opponent of Robert The Bruce a powerful Scottish leader. Robert and John were leaders in a 14th century civil war that both sides argued for independence. John Comyn had a cousin named John Comyn III who was killed by Bruce in Dumfries in 1306. John Comyn agreed to assist Bruce for the sake of the civil war between France and Scotland.
From about 1300 to 1304 the civil war of Scotland was also the war or fight for power for the Comyns. John Comyn and a few of his cousins decided that they were going to fight the other side of their family for power and over parts of Scotland. John did not just want to fight his cousins he wanted to fight the Native people that lived there. His cousins set up armies around the boarder of Scotland. His cousins placed him in Galloway where his cousins and parts of France attacked Scotland. After a year of fighting John Comyn was sent to Paris to prevent a peace treaty to end the war. A few years later Comyn died (1308) as a sergeant for 14th century Scotland.
John Comyn died from being murdered, since 1286 the threat of civil war between the houses of Bruce and Balliol had haunted and shaped Scottish politics. So Robert Bruce and his partners and associates killed Comyn and his Uncle because of their power in the civil war. This was a murder that had a huge turn in the Scottish civil war. Mostly because Comyn was one of the main leaders in then Scottish civil war and with his power over half of Scotland, Bruce was named leader of the civil war and now controlled the rest of the Comyn Clan. He brought torture on them and made them fight in the most dangerous battles then killed William Comyn. He killed William because he tried to runaway and form a Clan called the Comyn II but was found later on and was killed by Robert Bruce.
With my research on John Comyn I concluded that he was a very tough man. He liked to fight and solve his problems with violence. I also concluded that his family was not a typical loving family. With them it was all about power and whoever had the most power was the best one in the family. So without any second guesses I think that there was constant family in the Comyn family.
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