David II King of Scots

David II King of Scots

Birth
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Death 22 Feb 1371 (aged 46)
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Burial Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Memorial ID 9297209 · View Source
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Scottish monarch. Son of Robert the Bruce and Elizabeth deBurgh, he was crowned at Scone on November 24, 1331. He married Joan Plantagenet on July 17, 1328. In 1333, Scottish forces were defeated by England's Edward III and Edward Balliol, and the king and his queen fled to safety in France, where they remained for 7 years. David's forces gained the upper hand in 1341, enabling his return to Scotland, where he took up the reigns of government. In 1346, in accordance with the "auld alliance", he invaded England in the interest of France. The king was taken prisoner at the Battle of Neville's Cross in October, and he remained in England for 11 years. His imprisonment was not an arduous one, and he was visited often by his queen. Negotiations for this release began immediately, and finally, in October of 1357, a treaty was signed at Berwick, by which Scotland agreed to pay 100,000 merks as ransom for their king. The country's poverty made it impossible to pay the full ransom, so David tried to rid himself of the liability by offering to make Edward III or one of his sons his successor. The Scottish parliament immediately rejected the proposal. After Queen Joan's death in 1362, the king married Margaret Drummond on February 20, 1364. Neither marriage was very loving, and neither produced any children. The king died at Edinburgh Castle at the age of 47. He was a weak, incapable ruler with hardly any of his father's patriotism. He was succeeded by his nephew Robert.

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  • Originally Created by: Kristen Conrad
  • Added: 9 Aug 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9297209
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David II King of Scots (5 Mar 1324–22 Feb 1371), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9297209, citing Abbey of Holyrood, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .