The History of Leith

November 25, 2012

Kings of Peace

WITH the tragic and untimely death of Alexander III.
Scotland was to enter upon a long, cruel, and desolating
war to maintain her independence against the aggressive
policy of Edward I. During this troubled period
the prosperity which Alexander III. and his immediate
predecessors, the ” Kings of Peace,” had done so much
to build up by their wise and friendly policy towards
England was completely destroyed. Alexander’s little
granddaughter, the Maid of Norway, was the nearest
heir to the throne. The Scots agreed with her granduncle,
Edward I., that she should become the bride of
his son, Edward, Prince of Wales, and in this way bring
about the union of England and Scotland under one
sovereign. But this child of many hopes, the little
Maid, died on the voyage from Norway, leaving to
Scotland a disputed succession which gave an opening
for the mischievous interference of Edward I. The
English king’s attempt to make Scotland a province
of England changed the two otherwise friendly countries
into bitter foes. The three centuries of devastating
wars that followed made Scotland very unlike the
happy and prosperous country she was in the days of
Alexander III.

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