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Salisbury, treaty of

Salisbury, treaty of, 1289. When Alexander III of Scotland died in a fall from his horse at Kinghorn in March 1286, he left no children, but a granddaughter, Margaret, ‘the Maid of Norway’, aged 3. A regency was established. In November 1289 commissioners from Norway, England, and Scotland reached agreement at Salisbury, later confirmed by the Scots at Birgham. The young queen was to be brought to Scotland within a year and was not to be married without Edward I's consent. His intention was to marry the Maid to his son Edward and unite the two kingdoms. But the death of the young queen in September 1290 on the voyage threw all arrangements into confusion.

J. A. Cannon

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