Famous Scottish Emperors & Kings

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Charles II
(King of Scotland (1649-51), King of England (1660-85))

Charles II
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Birthdate: May 29, 1630
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St James's Palace, London, England
Died: February 6, 1685
Charles II, son of King Charles I of England, ruled England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1660 to 1685. He was initially defeated by Oliver Cromwell and forced to go into exile, but returned to England after Cromwell’s death. He introduced the Clarendon Code and later sided with the Tories.

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James V of Scotland
(Former King of Scotland)

James V of Scotland
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Birthdate: April 10, 1512
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, United Kingdom
Died: December 14, 1542
James V was the son of Scottish King James IV and Margaret Tudor, Henry VII's daughter. He ruled Scotland from 1513 till his death following his loss at the Battle of Solway Moss. His daughter, Mary, Queen of Scots, succeeded him, supported by regents, when she was 6 days old.

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James IV of Scotland
(King of Scotland (1488-1513))

James IV of Scotland
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Birthdate: March 17, 1473
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stirling, Scotland
Died: September 9, 1513

James IV of Scotland reigned as the king of Scotland from 1488 until his death in 1513. Although his reign ended at the Battle of Flodden, where he was defeated, James is widely considered the most successful monarch of Scotland from the House of Stewart

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Robert II of Scotland
(King of Scots)

Robert II of Scotland
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Birthdate: March 2, 1316
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paisley Abbey, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died: April 19, 1390

Robert II of Scotland had been an heir presumptive for over 5 decades before he finally became the king of Scotland in 1371. He was a grandson of the legendary Robert the Bruce, through his mother, Marjorie. The first Stewart monarch, he had minimal impact on his kingdom’s administration.

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Robert the Bruce
(King of Scotland)

Robert the Bruce
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Birthdate: July 11, 1274
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Turnberry Castle, Scotland
Died: June 7, 1329
King of Scots Robert I, better known as Robert the Bruce, is revered as a Scottish national hero. He successfully led his country against England in the First War of Scottish Independence. Legends state he was inspired by a spider’s relentless effort to spin a web, to ultimately defeat England.

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James II of Scotland
(King of Scots)

James II of Scotland
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Birthdate: October 16, 1430
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Holyrood Palace
Died: August 3, 1460

James II of Scotland reigned as the king of Scotland from 1437 to 1460. One of the most popular kings of Scotland, James socialized often with the commoners. Renowned for his restless energy, he traveled around the country and proved to be an active king. Thanks to his popularity, James is often depicted in historical novels, plays, and short stories.

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David II of Scotland
(King of Scots (1329-1371))

David II of Scotland
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Birthdate: March 1, 1324
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dunfermline, Scotland
Died: February 1, 1371

David II of Scotland reigned as the king of Scotland from 1329 to 1371. He is credited with putting the Scottish monarchy in a strong position despite having to spend long periods in captivity or exile. Over the years, David II of Scotland has been depicted in several historical novels, such as Vagabond.

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James III of Scotland
(King of Scotland (1460-1488))

James III of Scotland
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Birthdate: July 10, 1451
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stirling, Scotland
Died: June 11, 1488

James III of Scotland reigned as the king of Scotland from 1460 until his death in 1488. Remembered as an ineffective and unpopular monarch, James was criticized for pursuing the so-called unmanly interests, such as music. He was also criticized for leading the Kingdom of Scotland into war. Over the years, he has been depicted in several historical novels.

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David I of Scotland
(King of Scotland)

David I of Scotland
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Birthdate: 1084 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: May 24, 1153

David I of Scotland was the king of Scotland from 1124 to 1153. Prior to this, he was the prince of the Cumbrians from 1113 to 1124. He was the son of Malcolm III and Margaret of Wessex. He implemented many reforms in Scotland during his reign, in what came to be known as the "Davidian Revolution" in later centuries. 

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Robert III of Scotland
(King of Scotland (1390-1406))

Robert III of Scotland
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Birthdate: 1337 AD
Birthplace: Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland
Died: April 4, 1406
Robert III of Scotland reigned as the king of Scotland from 1390 until his death in 1406. Widely regarded as a weak personality, Robert III of Scotland has been depicted in several novels, such as The Fair Maid of Perth, The Lords of Misrule, A Folly of Princes, and The Captive Crown.  

Alexander III of Scotland
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Birthdate: September 4, 1241
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Roxburgh Castle, Roxburghshire
Died: March 19, 1286

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Macbeth of Scotland
(Macbeth son of Findlay)

Macbeth of Scotland
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Birthdate: 1005 AD
Birthplace: Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: August 15, 1057

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James I of Scotland
(King of Scotland)

James I of Scotland
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Birthdate: December 10, 1394
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dunfermline Abbey, Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Died: February 21, 1437

Son of King Robert III, James I, the king of Scotland, is remembered for his authority over the Scottish lords. He was immensely popular for his administrative efficiency but was eventually killed by Walter, Earl of Atholl’s men. James is credited as the author of The King’s Book.

Duncan I of Scotland
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Birthdate: 1001 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: August 14, 1040

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Kenneth MacAlpin
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Birthdate: 0810 AD
Birthplace: Iona, Scotland
Died: February 13, 0858

Malcolm III of Scotland
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Birthdate: March 26, 1031
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: November 13, 1093

Malcolm III of Scotland, also known as Canmore, was the son of King Duncan I. He remained in exile during the reign of Macbeth, who had killed his father, and then killed Macbeth and seized the throne. He was a significant character in William Shakespeare's iconic play Macbeth.

Kenneth II of Scotland
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Birthdate: 0932 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: 0995 AD

Alexander I of Scotland
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Birthdate: 1078 AD
Birthplace: Dunfermline,Scotland
Died: April 23, 1124

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Edward Bruce
(High King of Ireland (1315–1318))

Edward Bruce
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Birthdate: 1275 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: 1318 AD

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Malcolm I of Scotland
(King of Alba)

Malcolm I of Scotland
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Birthdate: 0900 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: 0954 AD

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Lulach
(politician)

Lulach
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Birthdate: 1030 AD
Birthplace: Moray
Died: March 17, 1058

Malcolm IV of Scotland
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Birthdate: April 23, 1141
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: December 9, 1165

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John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute
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Birthdate: May 25, 1713
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Parliament Square, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: March 10, 1792

Kenneth III of Scotland
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Birthdate: 0966 AD
Birthplace: Monzievaird, Scotland
Died: March 25, 1005

Duncan II of Scotland
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Birthdate: 1060 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: November 12, 1094

Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany
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Birthdate: 1340 AD
Birthplace: Dundonald, Scotland
Died: September 3, 1420

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Áedán mac Gabráin
(King of Dál Riata)

Áedán mac Gabráin
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: -
Died: April 17, 0609

Archibald Campbell, 1st Duke of Argyll
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Birthdate: July 25, 1658
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 25, 1703

John Stewart, Duke of Albany
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Birthdate: 1481 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: July 2, 1536

Alexander Stewart, Duke of Albany
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Birthdate: 1454 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: August 7, 1485

Ecgfrith of Northumbria
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Birthdate: 0645 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: April 30, 0685

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Donald III of Scotland
(King of Scotland)

Donald III of Scotland
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Birthdate: 1032 AD
Birthplace: Atholl, Scotland
Died: 1099 AD