Post by Olivier
Is it the news of the day, but is it true, or are we still inventing the royal ascendants to Prince Harry's fiancée?
Garbage, of the sort that one associates with 19th pseudo-genealogists. Christina Bruce of Clackmannan, daugher of Sir David Bruce of Clackmannan, married Sir James Shaw (or Schaw) of Sauchie (Gordon MacGregor, The Red Book of Scotland, I, p. 489. I hardly need add that the affiliation of the Bruces of Clackmannan is, unfortunately, somewhat unclear. That they are related to King Robert I (warlord? really?) is clear, but whether by illegitimate descent from his brother Edward or from one of his other brothers is not certain. Sir David was descended from King Robert I in other lines, which can be easily traced.
MacGregor (op. cit, V, pp. 9-15) has an outline account of the Schaws of Sauchie; I did not observe a London wine merchant (or colonial settler) among them, but that is not impossible.
Ms. Markle does have a descent from King Edward III, according to Gary Boyd Roberts. I refer my colleagues to the link at:
I have not attempted to verify Mr. Roberts' line.