David II

David II. Born at Dunfermline 5 March 1323-4; crowned 24 November 1331; went to France in 1334 where he and his queen remained for seven years, returning in 1341. Taken captive by the English at the battle of Durham 17 October 1346, he was a prisoner in England for eleven years, regaining his liberty in 1357. He died after a reign of upwards of 41 years on 22nd February 1370-1, and was buried at Holyrood. It may be noted that the charters granted by him after 6 June 1352 are dated one regnal year short of their true date. He married, first, when in his fifth year, on 17 July 1328, Joanna, daughter of Edward II. of England; she died 14 August 1362.

He married, secondly, about 20 February 1363-4, Margaret, daughter of Sir Malcolm Drummond, and widow of Sir John Logie of that Ilk. The king divorced her about 20 March 1369-70, but she obtained a reversal of this decision from the Pope at Avignon. She died after January 1374-5.

David II. left no issue by either wife, and was succeeded by his nephew Robert, High Steward of Scotland, and son of his half-sister Marjory Bruce.


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