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The Canmore Kingdom before 1200 - Feudal tenure - Royal Household and Local Government - Regular/Secular Church. - Trading burghs. **A Single Dynasty.

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2 The Canmore Kingdom before Feudal tenure - Royal Household and Local Government - Regular/Secular Church. - Trading burghs. **A Single Dynasty - kingship passing by PRIMOGENITURE

3 ‘Outlying’ or Frontier Zones’ Far north/Moray 7 major risings by MacHeth/MacWilliam dynastic rivals Western Isles Norse rule Major incursions , 1164 by Somerled South-west - Galloway 5 major risings by independent-minded lords of Galloway

4 Tensions:- - Native earls and lords slow to integrate with Anglo-Normans? native earls rising v. Malcolm IV for going to France - c William I described as more French than Scots - Royal charter addresses ‘French, English, Scots, Flemings, Welsh, Gallovidians…’

5 A Golden Age? Thirteenth Century Scotland William I, | Alexander II, | Alexander III, [minority ] Main themes: 1. Expansion and consolidation of Scottish kingdom and royal government and authority. 2. Growth of Scottish national identity ?

6 ‘When Alexander our kynge was ded, That Scotlande lede in lauche and le Away was sons of alle and brede, Off wyne and wax, of gamyn and gle. Out golde was changit in to lede. Christ, borne of virginyte, Succoure Scotlande, and ramede, That stade in perplexite’ Andrew of Wyntoun’s Original Chronicle, c

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8 Royal stomping grounds: eastern lowlands

9 The Comyns Earls of Buchan, Lords of Lochaber; Justiciars in Scotia and Galloway; Sheriffs of Wigtown and in north-east Led Royal armies v. north and west 1230s to 1270s See A. Young, Robert the Bruce’s Rivals

10 Lochindorb castle, Moray, north-east.

11 The Western Isles… - MacDonalds of Islay Macdougalls of Lorne MacRuaries of Garmoran - Gaelic speaking - Part of Irish sea world - Nominally under Norse rule

12 Dumbarton castle, Clyde, west coast

13 Stone of Scone or Destiny

14 Royal Inauguration:- - taken to Scone - knighted? - placed on Stone by earls of Fife and Strathearn - blessed by Bishop of St Andrews - Oaths; Homage and Fealty - Genealogy recited by Gaelic bard

15 Queen Margaret d Canonised 1251 and remains translated and re-interred at Dunfermline Abbey, Fife.

16 Bishopric of St Andrews, Fife - since 1100 Kings appealed to Papacy to have this diocese made an Archbishopric. By c bishop here styling himself ‘bishop of the Scots’…

17 Turbulent ‘Minority’ of Alexander III, ? Competing factions vie for control of King and government:- Comyns v. Durward and others…...each party prepared to appeal to Henry III (who’s daughter Alexander III weds in 1251)

18 Scottish Economy in 12th and 13th centuries Export - wool, animal hides & skins, fish. Import - finished metal goods, quality clothing, corn, timber, wines. Trading with Low Countries, Gascony, Baltic and German states, Norway; limited English/Irish trade Crown income £7,000 [contrast to English crown’s £75,000]

19 Scottish incursion in the West I. Alex II - harried west; died on naval expedition Scottish embassy to Haakon IV of Norway to offer to buy western Isles earl of Ross encouraged to attack Skye Stewarts encouraged to claim Knapdale and Arran.

20 II Haakon IV campaign to Isles; indecisive Battle of Largs (2 Oct) followed by Haakon’s death July,Treaty of Perth - Scots buy western Isles and Mann for 4,000 merks and 100 merks p.a. (the annum).

21 The Tragic heirs of Alexander III? Alexander III = 1. Margaret (d. 1275), d. Henry III of England (d. 19 March 1286) | ______________ |____________________________ | || Alexander d. 1284David d. 1281Margaret (d = Margaret d. of = King Eric II of Norway Count of Flanders| Margaret Maid of Norway, born 1284, un-inaugurated Queen (or ‘Lady’) of Scotland Alexander III = Yolande of Dreux (d. 19 March 1286)For table see Barrow.

22 Parliament at Scone 5 Feb Prince Alexander d. 17 Jan 1284 Oath by magnates, prelates and barons to recognise Alexander III’s granddaughter, Margaret of Norway (born 1282), as their ‘Lady’ and heir apparent to the kingship, failing any direct heirs of the king; magnates to suffer censure by prelates and action by other magnates if broke their oath. Witnesses - representative of expansion of royal authority?

23 Death of Alexander III, Kinghorn, Fife 19 March


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