St. Margaret of Scotland (1046-1093). Born in Hungary, where her father lived in exile. Intelligent, beautiful and devout, with a keen taste for fine clothes, she was given in marriage to Malcolm III, King of the Scots to whom she bore eight children. Through her, the Scottish Court achieved a higher standard of civilisation. She also reformed the Church in Scotland, then at a low ebb. Councils propagated the practice of Easter communion and abstinence from servile work on Sundays, while she played a prominent part in the foundation of monasteries, churches and hostels for pilgrims. She revived he abbey of Iona and built Dunfermline to be like a Scottish Westminster Abbey as a burial place for the royal family. She was an outstanding example of a true mother and queen, and died in Edinburgh.
Picture: Margaret from a Medieval family tree.