A direct descendant of Somerled, King of the Hebrides, Christina first assisted Bruce by giving him shelter in the Islands when he was a fugitive and hunted by the forces of Edward I, King of England. Speculation suggests that when Robert mounted a counter offensive following Edward's demise, he received critical assistance from ‘an unnamed kinswoman,’ a woman who could be identical to Christina herself.

In Nigel Tranter’s trilogy ‘the Bruce’, during the time of Bruce’s enforced exile to the Isles, he and Christina became lovers. How much of an irony then, that Christina took the King’s wife Elizabeth de Burgh under her protection in one of his many attempts to keep her safe from his enemies.

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