Margaret

d. 1093. Queen of Scotland. This gifted and masterful woman, famous alike for her austerities and her charities, became in 1070 the second wife of Malcolm Canmore, king of Scotland. The wedding took place a few months after she and her brother and sister, of the English royal line, had landed on the coast of Fife after fleeing from the Norman invasion. Over Malcolm and his subjects she exercised a remarkable influence, bringing Scotland fully under the Roman obedience and sweeping away most of what remained of Celtic Church* life and practice. Guardian of the orphan and succourer of the prisoners in her husband's dungeons, she cleansed the sores of the leper and washed the feet of the beggar with her own hands. Her work was carried to completion by her son, David I. Margaret lives today in the pages of Bishop Turgot's remarkable biography, enshrined in history as a saint and commemorated by the lovely Norman chapel in Edinburgh Castle which bears her name. She was canonized in 1250.