King Donald III

(Donald Bane)

c.1033 - 1099

Scottish monarch. Son of King Duncan I. When he acceded to the throne in 1093, Donald was a relatively old man. He was a traditionalist, who did not like the English influence which had become a feature of the reign of his older brother Malcolm Canmore (1031-93). He reigned briefly before being ousted by his nephew King Duncan II (Malcolm Canmore's eldest son), whom Donald killed and resumed the throne six months later. However, two of Malcolm's other sons (Edgar and David I) accepted English support to defeat Donald, who they imprisoned and perhaps blinded. He died at Rescobie (near Forfar), and was buried on the island of Iona.

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