1503 – James IV of Scotland Marries Margaret Tudor

08 Aug

James IV Stuart, King of Scotland, was thirty years old when he married the teenage Princess Margaret, daughter of Henry VII of England.  The union produced one living son, the future James V, father of Mary Queen of Scots.  It would be the first of three marriages for Margaret; her second to Archibald, Earl of Angus ended in divorce while the third to Henry, Lord Methven, lasted until her death in 1541.  James IV himself died just ten years after his wedding when he was killed in the Battle of Flodden in Northumberland, leaving her with the title of Queen Mother to their young son.  Without this union, there would have been no royal blood to claim the crown of England when Elizabeth I died in 1603.  Their descendants established the Stuart rule in England, effectively joining the two kingdoms when Mary of Scots’ son James VI also became James I of England.

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