King Robert III

1337 - 1406

Scottish monarch. Eldest son of King Robert II (1316-90), and grand-son of Robert the Bruce (1274 - 1329). He was born John Stewart and was created Earl of Carrick in 1368 and High Steward of Scotland c.1371. He was crippled following a riding accident in 1388 but succeeded his father to the throne at the age of 53. He was crowned at Scone in 1390. Robert was considered a feeble monarch, resulting in his ambitious brother, the Duke of Albany, running state affairs. Albany imprisoned Robert's eldest son, the Duke of Rothesay, at Falkland, where he starved to death. Robert sent his younger son, who would become King James I (1394 - 1437) to safety in France, but the news that James had been captured by the English killed Robert. He died at Rothesay Castle (or perhaps Dundonald Castle, South Ayrshire) and is buried at Paisley Abbey.

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