B. 5 Oct. 1240, eld. da. of Henry III of England and Eleanor of Provence; m. Alexander III, 26 Dec. 1251; d. Cupar, 27 Feb. 1275; bur. Dunfermline.
Marriage to the Scottish heir had been suggested while both were still infants, but the death of Alexander II expedited matters, and Margaret's marriage to Alexander III took place at York at Christmas 1251. Her early years in Scotland were unhappy and solitary, affected by the squabbles surrounding Alexander's minority, and both parents were concerned for her welfare. Release from Edinburgh castle in 1255 was followed by visits to the English court, though Scottish wrath was incurred by the delivery of her first child at Windsor rather than on home soil. A lady of great beauty, chastity, and humility, according to the Lanercost chronicler, she attended her brother Edward's coronation in London in 1274, but died soon after at Cupar castle.
Subjects: British History.