Saint David of Scotland

statue of Saint David of Scotland on the west door of Saint Giles High Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland, artist unknownMemorial


Youngest son of King Malcolm III Canmore and Saint Margaret of Scotland; brother of Saint Matilde in whose court he grew up and was educated. Prince of Cumbria in 1107. Married. Ascended to the throne of Scotland in 1124. Fought in the border wars with England, and in 1138 participated in the armistice that halted the fighting. Devoting himself to the welfare of his people, he re-organized the system of land ownership and implemented both new laws and a new legal system. Worked to bring the faithful in Scotland closer to the Vatican, founded convents and monasteries, supported monastic work and the organization of five new dioceses. Spiritual student of Saint Aelredo of Rievaulx.



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MLA Citation

  • “Saint David of Scotland“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 June 2020. Web. 18 April 2021. <>