This week – 25 March 1306

Robert Bruce was inaugurated King of Scots at Scone. He was enthroned by Isabella, wife of John Comyn, earl of Buchan, and aunt of Duncan, earl of Fife. Bishop William Lamberton of St Andrews celebrated mass for the new king two days later. Bruce’s reign began with much instability and civil war in Scotland and it would be several years before he could claim to have a majority of support from within the kingdom, despite the production of propaganda claiming otherwise. Bruce was the last king of Scots to be inaugurated, as in 1329 the pope sanctioned the crowning and anointing of Scottish kings which was first performed for Bruce’s son and heir, David, in 1331.

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