1241-09-04

King Alexander III of Scotland was born.

King Alexander III of Scotland was born.

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Although not unsuccessful as a monarch - he gained many areas for Scotland that had previously been under the rule of Norway, for example - it was his untimely death in 1286 that led the country into one of its most turbulent periods.
Because Alexander had died without any clear heir, the Scottish crown soon attracted the interest of England's powerful Edward I, which led subsequently to invasion, resistance and finally the rise to power of a certain Robert the Bruce.

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