Margaret of England

Margaret of England
Queen consort of Scots
Tenure 26 December 1251 – 26 February 1275
Spouse Alexander III of Scotland
Margaret, Queen of Norway
Alexander, Prince of Scotland
House House of Plantagenet (by birth)
House of Dunkeld (by marriage)
Father Henry III of England
Mother Eleanor of Provence
Born 29 September 1240(1240-09-29)
Died 26 February 1275(1275-02-26) (aged 34)
Cupar Castle
Burial Dunfermline Abbey, Fife

Margaret of England (29 September 1240 – 26 February 1275) was a medieval English princess who became Queen of Scots. A daughter of the Plantagenet king Henry III of England and his queen, Eleanor of Provence, she was Queen consort to Alexander III "the Glorious", King of the Scots.



She was the second child of Henry III of England and his wife, Eleanor of Provence, and was born at Windsor Castle.

Margaret was married on 26 December 1251, at York Minster, to King Alexander III of Scotland, with whom she had three children.



Margaret is said to have been unhappy in Scotland, and created some tensions between England and Scotland by writing to her family in England that she was poorly treated in Scotland[1].

It was said that Margaret was responsible for the death of a young Scottish courtier. While walking along the River Tay , she became annoyed with the young man. She jokingly pushed him into the river, but he was swept to his death by a powerful current before anyone could help.


Death & Burial

She died 26 February 1275, at Cupar Castle, and was buried at Dunfermline Abbey, Fife.


Cited References

  1. ^ Anne Echols, Marty Williams: An annotated index of medieval women

Written References

  • Ashley, Mike (2002). British Kings & Queens. Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-1104-3.  pgs 485 & 492
  • Tibballs, Geoff (2005). Royalty's Strangest Characters: Extraordinary But True Tales from 2,000 Years of Mad Monarchs and Raving Rulers. Chrysalis Books. 
Margaret of England
Born: 29 September 1240 Died: 26 February 1275
Preceded by
Marie de Coucy
Queen consort of Scotland
(House of Dunkeld)

Succeeded by
Yolande de Dreux

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