This week in Medieval Scottish History – 16 May 1294


Though not a formal parliament, a ‘consilium’ was held on this day at Edinburgh, by John Balliol. Among the matters discussed was the dowry of Margaret, daughter of Guy, count of Flanders, who had been married to Prince Alexander (d.1284), the late King Alexander’s son. The matter of Margaret’s dowry had been ongoing since the death of the king in 1286 and was delayed at least twice at King John’s parliaments in August 1293 and February 1294. It was finally settled at Edinburgh in May 1294. Margaret received 1,300 marks from Berwick, the manor of Linlithgow and 200 marks pertaining to the manor and arrears due from 1286.

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