Talk:Saint Margaret of Scotland

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I might be wrong, but my guess is that the image shown is one of Margaret of Antioch, because (a) the saint is apparently in a jail cell, and (b) she is shown with a dragon. I've searched most of the best saints websites, but can find no reference to either in the life of Margaret of Scotland. However, I'm certainly no expert. Anyone else know? alpheus 26 March 2005

Image since changed. --Henrygb 15:57, 16 September 2005 (UTC)


I think the reference & link to Agatha of Bulgaria as Margaret's mother should be removed, as this is highly debatable. Google searches for "St. Margaret of Scotland" and "Edward the Exile" turn up results calling her "of Hungary" "of Brunswick" or "the German", depending on what version of her ancestry they use. She's been reported to be anything from a non-specific relative of Stephen of Hungary's wife to the daughter of HRE Henry III (or sometimes daughter or niece of Henry I or II) to the daughter of Grand Prince Yaroslav I of Kiev. The Bulgarian version is just one of many potential family lines, none of which has been definitively proven. 14:13, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

Reason for Canonization[edit]

I am somewhat offended by the reference to Saint Margaret being canonized because of her "benefactions" to the Church. This makes it sound as if she bought her way to holiness. As the Catholic Encyclopedia says, "Her private life was given up to constant prayer and practices of piety." This is a much better reason why the Catholic Church has recognized her holiness, not merely because she built churches and monasteries. 13:02, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

Edward as French-speaking[edit]

Why is Edward referred to as the "French-speaking" Anglo-Saxon King of England? He was Anglo-Saxon and died before the Norman Conquest. What evidence do we have that he spoke French? by stacyeie

He spent many years in Normandy, so that Edward will inevitably have learned [Old] French. Having said that, I'm not sure why it should even be mentioned here. Angus McLellan (Talk) 23:22, 3 January 2009 (UTC)
Interesting to note, the Vita Ædwardi Regis written c. 1068 says his wife Edith of Wessex was fluent in English, French and Irish. Deacon of Pndapetzim (Talk) 23:42, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

How could Margaret have established the first holy orders in Scotland[edit]

The article states: "Margaret was known for having invited English Benedictine monks to Scotland, to establish the first holy orders in the nation. She admired their work and learning, and also encouraged Scottish holy men." This is confusing, since there were Irish monks in Scotland, beginning in 563, a time roughly contemporaneous with the founding of the Benedictine order in Italy in 529, half a millenium before Margaret's birth.

-- Bob (Bob99 (talk) 17:29, 12 May 2009 (UTC))

Transition from Sabbath to Sunday Observance[edit]

Scotland may have been one of the last places where the transition from Sabbath (Fri-sunset to Saturday sunset) to Sunday observance occurred. Margaret vigorously opposed the practice of Sabbath-keeping in Scotland. As had happened earlier in church history throughout Europe Christians continued the apostolic practice of observing the Sabbath but gradually Sunday was adopted, at first they observed the Sabbath but met early on Sunday (and then went to work) but gradually the Sabbath was abandoned. Margaret promoted the abandonment of the Sabbath for Sunday in Scotland and was successful. Her influence on Christian history can't be understated, the Sabbath may have continued to be observed in the Scottish church and we may not be such a minority in the Christian world.

A source would be useful for that. At some point the word "Sabbath" is used by Scots to mean Sunday. "Sabbathkeeping" meant keeping Sunday holy. It is hard to believe that "Saturday-Sabbath" "survived" in Scotland when by the time Christianity came to Scotland everyone was worshipping on what St Paul and St John call the Lord's day, namely Sunday. -- (talk) 17:41, 10 June 2015 (UTC)

Queen of Scots[edit]

User:Surtsicna "King/Queen of Scots" was the formal style of the Scottish monarch/consort, as evidenced by royal seals, which have been inscribed Regis or Rex Scottorum since the reign of Duncan II, and undoubtedly earlier, but no earlier royal seals have survived (see History of Scottish Seals by Walter de Gray Birch). I'm not suggesting we should move the page or anything like that, since Wikipedia policy is to use the common name as the title, I just thought it would be better if her formal name was used at the beginning of the article. Zacwill16 (talk) 14:45, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

Ah, so that's the only issue? We could change "Queen consort of Scotland" to "Queen consort of Scots" and amend her sons' titles too. Then again, her daughter's formal title was Queen of the English, so I'm not sure how nitpicky we want to get. Surtsicna (talk) 16:45, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
Either "Queen of Scots" or "Queen of Scotland" would be fine in my opinion, just not "of Scotland" as it suggests she was the daughter of a Scottish king rather than the wife of one. Zacwill16 (talk) 19:01, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

List of places named for her[edit]

I have temporarily moved the list from the mainspace to here. There are several problems with it. It is unreferenced - while in some cases it is apparent, there were many St. Margarets so it cannot be taken for granted that some of them were named for this Saint. Likewise, there is the issue of whether any particular instance is noteworthy - most of the links are off Wikipedia, suggesting that they are not. Finally, it is just too long - 40% of the total vertical space of the page is made up of this list. The list needs to be severely pared down, or eliminated entirely. I have moved it here for the time being. Agricolae (talk) 07:12, 5 May 2017 (UTC)

  1. ^ Coppin, Paul (2001). 101 Medieval Churches of East Sussex. Seaford: S.B. Publications. p. 130. ISBN 1-85770-238-7.