Alexander III Deaths

Alexander III Deaths

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  • King Alexander III died on Macrh 1286. He had been travelling from Edinburgh to Kinghorn on a stormy night. He was found dead the next day, apparently having fallen from his horse.
  • Alexander's death led to crisis-he had no living children to take his place.  Alexander’s two sons had died before him and his daughter had died during child birth. 
  • At the Palace of Scone, the Six Gaurdians decided that Alexander's grand daughter, Margaret the Maid of Norway would be crowned queen. There were some problems: she’s three years old, can't lead an army, from Norway, and Edward I might take advantage of the situation 
  • Edward I suggested that Margaret would be married to his son, who was also named Edward. There were conditions to this agreement: Scotland would reamin independant, and their child would rule both countries. 
  • Margaret dies on her way to Scotland due to extreme sea-sickness. The Gaurdians call for Edward's help to decide their future king that will be controlled by Edward. 
  • There were 14 applicants for the job, it was narrowed down to two people: John Balliol and Robert Bruce. Edward had decided on John Balliol due to the law of primogeniture: the right of sucession goes to the first born. 
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