1st duke of Albany, Alexander Stewart

(c. 1454—1485)

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(c. 1454–85).

Second son of James II of Scotland, created earl of March [S] (1455), lord of Annandale, and duke of Albany (1458). As admiral of Scotland and march warden in the 1470s, Albany was an obvious focus for Scottish opposition to his brother James III's English alliance (October 1474). Indicted for treason in October 1479, Albany fled to France, where he married and fathered the son who, as John, duke of Albany, acted as governor (1515–24) for James V. He was killed in 1485 by a lance splinter at a tournament in Paris.

Subjects: British History.

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