St. Margaret of Scotland

Julie Lonneman

Artist's Narrative:
Here Margaret is depicted with a book to symbolize her promotion of the arts, education and religious reform in her adopted country of Scotland. The daughter of a Hungarian princess and English prince, Margaret’s family fled its home in England from William the Conqueror and was shipwrecked off the coast of Scotland. King Malcolm, who befriended them, fell for the lovely Margaret. Malcolm and Margaret were married in 1070.

Scotland was a rough and uncultured country at the time, and though good-hearted, Malcolm shared these qualities. However, Margaret was able to calm his temper and polish his manners. Malcolm consulted her extensively about the governance of the country and relied heavily on her counsel. Together, they reformed and improved religious and civil life.

Margaret, queen and mother of six, still found time to pray and read Scripture. Her life was austere, and Margaret personally fed and clothed the poor that constantly surrounded her.

Her feast day is November 16.


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