From the 7 April 1881 issue of The New York Times.

ROBERT E. LEE’s DESCENT.

Col. William Winston Fontaine, Principal of an academy in Louisville, Ky., read a long paper before the Southern Historical Society of that city at a recent meeting, in whick he claimed that Robert E. Lee was seventeenth in direct descent from Robert Bruce, of Scotland, and possessed very many of his notable characteristics. Moreover, that of the five heroes who particularly distinguished themselves on the glorious field of Bannockburn, Lee, through the same channel, was the direct descendant of four, namely: King Robert, Thomas Randolph, Earl of Moray; Walter, the High Steward, and Sir Robert de Keith, Great Marischal of Scotland.