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 James King of Scots, II

James King of Scots, II

Birth
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Death 3 Aug 1460 (aged 29)
Roxburgh, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Burial Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Memorial ID 9300534 · View Source
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Scottish monarch. Called "Fiery Face" because of a red birthmark on his face, he was the son of James I and Joan Beaufort, and was crowned on March 25, 1437 at Holyrood Abbey, breaking the longstanding tradition of rulers crowned at Scone. He was only six when crowned, and Scotland was ruled by two regents, Lord Crichton and Lord Livingstone, both of whom fought for control of the country and the young king. During this regency Scotland was plunged into civil war, lawlessness, and poverty. When he finally came of age, the king reestablished control over the errant nobles and made examples of the troublemakers. He was able to bring order to his kingdom and rule in peace. He moved the capital to Edinburgh, which has not been challenged or changed since. James married Mary of Guelders on July 3, 1449 at Holyrood Abbey. They had six children. James was accidentally killed at Roxburgh Castle when he stood too close to an exploding cannon. He was 30 years old.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Kristen Conrad
  • Added: 10 Aug 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9300534
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James King of Scots, II (16 Oct 1430–3 Aug 1460), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9300534, citing Abbey of Holyrood, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .