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Margaret was probably born in Scotland around 1045.  She was the daughter of Prince Edward d’Outremer and Agatha, the niece of the wife of King St. Stephen of Hungary.  She was raised at Stephen’s court where her father was in exile.  At the age of 12, she was taken to the court of King Edward the Confessor in England.  She and her family were forced to flee England in 1066.  King Malcolm III of Scotland gave them refuge.  She and Malcolm were married in 1070.  She was known for her pious life and her great regard for the poor and the needy.  She supported the many reforms of abuses prevalent at that time.  She encouraged education and with Malcolm founded Trinity Church at Dumfermline.  She died November 16 shortly after learning that her husband and son were killed when rebels attacked the castles Alnwick and Edinburgh.  She was canonized in 1250 and declared patroness of Scotland in 1673.

FEAST DAY:  June 10

PATRON OF:  Scotland

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