A Queen Unleashed – Consolidating Power for A Child King

A Queen Unleashed Consolidating Power for A Child King  Dr Lucy Dean Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands.   The murder of James I in February 1437 sent shock waves around Scotland. Unpopular though he might have become to many, he was also at the peak of power. He built a palace…

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The Fall of the Albany Stewarts (Part 1) – Opening Gambits

The Fall of the Albany Stewarts Part 1 Opening Gambits. Professor Richard Oram.   As Lucy highlighted in her blog, Murdac Stewart’s surrender of his seal of office as Governor of Scotland into his cousin James’s hands at Melrose Abbey was a ceremonial marking of the transfer of power in the kingdom from the Duke…

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The Fall of the Albany Stewarts (Part 3) – Checkmate

The Fall of the Albany Stewarts (Part 3) Checkmate. Professor Richard Oram.   In [1425] on 13 March the king held his second parliament at Perth, and on the ninth day he arranged the arrest of Sir Murdoch [Murdac] duke of Albany, earl of Fife and Menteith, and also of Sir Alexander Stewart, the duke’s…

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The Fall of the Albany Stewarts (Part 4) – Clearing Away the Pieces

The Fall of the Albany Stewarts (Part 4) Clearing Away the Pieces. Professor Richard Oram.   At the end of March 1425, James could look across the chessboard of his great game for mastery of Scotland with some satisfaction. The Black King and Queen, Duke Murdac and Duchess Isabella were in his hands, their castles…

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Making Scottish Kings at Scone

Making Scottish Kings at Scone Dr Lucy Dean Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands.   Scone was the ancient traditional site of Scottish king-making. After the death of James I in Perth in 1437 Scottish coronations occurred elsewhere – Holyrood Abbey, Kelso Abbey, Stirling Castle Chapel Royal, and the Kirk of the…

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