Book of Saints – Margaret of Scotland

Saint Margaret of ScotlandArticle

(Saint) (June 10) Queen, Widow. (11th century) The grand-daughter of King Edmond Ironside, sister of Edgar Atheling, and through her mother related to Saint Stephen, King of Hungary. In exile during the Danish domination in England, Saint Margaret with the rest of the Royal Family lived in England during the reign of Saint Edward the Confessor. After the death of the latter, Saint Margaret’s mother, a Hungarian princess, was compelled to seek refuge for her children and herself on the Continent from the Normans, who had become masters of England. A storm drove the ship on which she had embarked on to the coast of Scotland. They were welcomed by King Malcolm III, who made Margaret his Queen. The Saint used her influence as Queen for the good of religion and for the promotion of justice. She had especial thought for the poor, nor would suffer any to be oppressed. Among the pious foundations she made was the Abbey of Dunfermline. In her private life she was devoted to prayer. The Book of the Gospels she studied is still preserved in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. She foretold the day of her death, which occurred November 16, A.D. 1093, on which day her festival is still celebrated in Scotland, though in other countries, by Papal Decree, kept on June 10.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Margaret of Scotland”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 November 2014. Web. 19 October 2017. <>