Princess Scotland
Princess Scotland
See also Margaret Stewart. Margaret Stewart Issue Margaret Crichton Sir James Crichton? House House of Stewart Father James II of Scotland Mother Mary of Guelders Margaret Stewart, Princess of Scotland was a Scottish princess of the House of Stewart. She was the younger daughter of King James II and Queen Mary of Guelders, a Dutch princess by birth.
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  • 1575
    Princess Margaret's possible granddaughter Lady Margaret Leslie married Archibald Douglas, 8th Earl of Angus in 1575 and divorced him in 1587, probably because of her "infertility". (He remarried two weeks later.) Another granddaughter, Lady Helen Leslie, had several children with Mark Kerr, the abbot of Newbattle, including Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian.
    More Details Hide Details Among her numerous possible descendants are included Diana, Princess of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
  • 1546
    Princess Margaret's daughter, Margaret Crichton, possibly had four daughters by her third husband, George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes, Ambassador to Denmark (whom she married twice), including Agnes Leslie, Countess of Morton, and two sons, William Rothes and Norman Leslie, Master of Rothes whose rights of inheritance were forfeited as a result of both having been implicated in the murder of Cardinal Beaton in 1546.
    More Details Hide Details Their father, the 4th Earl of Rothes, was tried and acquitted of the same crime. However, the mother of these children might have been a different wife of Rothes.
  • 1478
    Their illegitimate daughter, also named Margaret, was born between 1478 and 1485 and raised in the royal court.
    More Details Hide Details Princess Margaret may have had a son also, James Crichton, who married Catherine Borthwick, the eldest daughter of William, Lord Borthwick; however, James might have been the son of Lord Crichton's wife. Lord Crichton joined Margaret's brother Alexander Stewart, Duke of Albany in his rebellion against Margaret's eldest brother, the unpopular King James III. On behalf of the duke, Lord Crichton garrisoned his "very ancient and magnificent" castle of Crichton, for which his lands and titles were forfeited by the Parliament of Scotland in 1484, when Albany was sentenced for treason. His castle was granted to a minion of James III, Sir John Ramsay of Balmain. According to historian George Buchanan (who was "always hostile" to the Stewarts), Margaret had an incestuous relationship with her brother the king. Contemporary writers were unsympathetic in their descriptions of the princess. One writer calls her "a person, although young and beautiful, of depraved character, being even charged with too much familiarity with her own brother." Another writer agrees, conceding that Margaret was "a Princess of great beauty, but of a reputation that was more than loose."
  • 1476
    In 1476, she was proposed by James III to George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, and she was afterward to have been married to Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers, brother-in-law of Edward IV; but neither of these alliances took place.
    More Details Hide Details William Crichton, 3rd Lord Crichton of Auchingoul (grandson of Lord Chancellor Crichton) is said to have "deliberately debauched Margaret" (James III's youngest and favourite sister), after discovering that his wife had been seduced by the king. Regardless of the truth of this story, Margaret did become Lord Crichton's mistress, which led to her disgrace and reputation for immorality and corruption.
  • 1463
    Margaret's mother died in 1463, leaving her an orphan at probably less than ten years old.
    More Details Hide Details Her paternal grandparents were King James I of Scotland and Lady Joan Beaufort. Her maternal grandparents were Arnold, Duke of Guelders and Catherine of Cleves, daughter of Adolph IV, Duke of Cleves and Marie of Burgundy. During the Wars of the Roses, Princess Margaret was briefly engaged to Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, the only son of Henry VI of England and Margaret of Anjou. However, the engagement was called off by her mother due to political pressure from King Edward IV of England and Philip III, Duke of Burgundy.
  • 1460
    She had four brothers including James, who would succeed to the Scottish throne as James III in 1460 upon their father's accidental death by an exploding cannon.
    More Details Hide Details She had an elder sister, Princess Mary Stewart, who married twice; firstly to Thomas Boyd, 1st Earl of Arran; secondly to James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton.
    Princess Margaret was born between 1453 and 1460 in Scotland, the daughter of King James II of Scotland and Mary of Guelders.
    More Details Hide Details Her father's nickname was "Fiery Face" because of a conspicuous vermilion birthmark on his face (possibly a "port-wine stain").
  • 1455
    Born in 1455.
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