Fact of the day: 23rd June

On this day in 1456 Margaret of Denmark, Queen of Scotland was born.

Margaret of Denmark (23 June 1456 – 14 July 1486), also referred to as Margaret of Norway, was Queen of Scotland from 1469 to 1486 as the wife of King James III.

She was the daughter of Christian I, King of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and Dorothea of Brandenburg.

Margaret was betrothed to James of Scotland in 1460.

The marriage was arranged by recommendation of the king of France to end the feud between Denmark and Scotland about the taxation of the Hebrides islands, a conflict that raged between 1426 and 1460.

In July 1469 (at age 13), at Holyrood Abbey, she married James III, King of Scots (1460–88).

Margaret became a popular queen in Scotland and was described as beautiful, gentle, and sensible.

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Many later historians called her far better qualified to rule than her husband. A story given by her son claims that Margaret was killed by poison given to her by John Ramsay, 1st Lord Bothwell, and leader of one of the political factions.

However, as Ramsay was favoured by the royal family also after the death of the queen, this is considered doubtful and may have been slander, although he did have some knowledge of poisons.

During the crisis of 1482 when her husband was deprived of power for several months, Margaret was said to have shown more interest in the welfare of her children than her husband, and this apparently led to an estrangement.

Despite later rumours however there is no reason to think that the King wished for her death.

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