Reidford Genealogy
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King James I of Scotland [2373]
(1394-1437)
Joan BEAUFORT [2451]
(-1445)
Arnold Duke of Gueldres [2453]
King James II of Scotland [2449]
(1430-1460)
Marie VAN GELRE [2450]
(-1463)
King James III of Scotland [2454]
(1451-1488)

 

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Princess Margaret of Denmark [2455]

King James III of Scotland [2454]

  • Born: 10 Jul 1451, Stirling Castle
  • Marriage: Princess Margaret of Denmark [2455] in 1469
  • Died: 11 Jun 1488, Sauchieburn, Stirling aged 36
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bullet  General Notes:

Crowned at Kelso Abbey Ruled Scotland 1460 -1488 James III (1460-1488) King of Scots from 1460 to 1488. A weak monarch, he was confronted with two major rebellions because he failed to win the respect of the nobility. James received the crown at the age of eight upon the death of his father, King James II. Scotland was governed first by James's mother, Mary of Gueldres (d. 1463), and James Kennedy, bishop of St. Andrews (d. 1465), and then by a group of nobles headed by the Boyds of Kilmarnock, who seized the king in 1466. In 1469 James overthrew the Boyds and began to govern for himself. Unlike his father, he was, however, unable to restore strong central government after his long minority. He evidently offended his nobles by his interest in the arts and by taking artists for his favourites. In 1479 he arrested his brothers, Alexander, Duke of Albany, and John, Earl of Mar, on suspicion of treason. Albany escaped to England, and in 1482 English troops entered Scotland and forced James to restore Albany to his domains. During this invasion dissident Scottish nobles hanged James's favourites. By March 1483 the king had recovered enough power to expel Albany. Nevertheless, even without English aid to his discontented subjects, James was unable to ward off revolts. In 1488 two powerful border families, the Homes and the Hepburns, raised a rebellion and won to their cause his 15-year-old son, the future king James IV. James III was captured and killed after his defeat at the Battle of Sauchieburn, Stirling, on June 11.

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bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: King.


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James married Princess Margaret of Denmark [2455], daughter of Christian 1 King of Denmark [2456] and Dorothea VON BRANDENBURG [2731], in 1469. (Princess Margaret of Denmark [2455] was born on 23 Jun 1456 and died on 14 Jul 1486.)


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