[MR] Wikipedia: Death of Queen Margaret of Scotland

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 02:25:18 PST 2018

Noble Friends, Especially Fellow Scots,

On this date in 1093, Queen Margaret of Scotland died at Edinburgh Castle.
Of the exiled Royal House of Wessex, she became the wife of King of Scots
Malcolm III. While the names of many early Scottish Queens are known,
Margaret's life and many pious works were documented by various
chroniclers, making her one of the best-known women from medieval Scottish

Margaret's confessor, Turgot of Durham, wrote a vitae praising her piety
and many virtues. This became the basis for Margaret's canonization in 1250
by Pope Innocent IV. Already buried in Dunfermline Abbey in Fife, her
remains were translated to an elaborate shrine which became a pilgrimage
destination. The shrine was destroyed by very iconoclastic Protestant Scots
circa 1560, though the base can still be seen. No relics of St. Margaret
are known to exist.

St. Margaret's story can be found at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Margaret_of_Scotland .

The oldest building in Edinburgh is the 12th century St. Margaret's Chapel
within Edinburgh Castle, ascribed to her son King of Scots David I. The
restored chapel has a nave just 10 x 30 feet, and features five absolutely
lovely stained glass windows dating from the 1920s. This tiny building
remains an active church within the Protestant Kirk of Scotland. It is open
to castle visitors, and is well worth seeing, though it can be quite
crowded. More about St. Margaret and her chapel is found at the St.
Margaret's Guild web site: https://www.stmargaretschapel.com/the-chapel/
and on Wikipedia at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Margaret%27s_Chapel,_Edinburgh .

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆

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