– notes, frequently asked questions and useful links from the archivist and curator of manuscripts at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Opinions expressed are the author's own.


Q: King John Balliol is my 20th Great – Grandfather and I am having a difficult time finding any books on or about him. Do you have any suggestions?
A: John de Balliol, King of Scots, also known as Toom Tabard, was the son of John de Balliol and his wife Dervorguilla of Galloway, who founded Balliol College, Oxford. Balliol College holds no original documentation or information about John de Balliol King of Scots. Please see our Founders page for a summary and a list of several sources; his ODNB entry by GP Stell provides further bibliography.

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