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Queen Margaret's Defiance of the Scottish Parliament

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Queen Margaret's Defiance of the Scottish Parliament 1859

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
After King James IV was killed at the Battle of Flodden, his widow, Queen Margaret, outwitted the Scottish Lords in their bid to gain possession of her children, including the heir, James V. She confronted the Lords at the gates of Stirling Castle, forced them to declare their errand, and then shut the portcullis between herself and them. Unfortunately for Margaret, her defiance was short lived. She renounced her position as regent by marrying Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus, and as a result her children were taken from her and placed in the care of their uncle John Stewart, Duke of Albany. Interestingly, Faed set his scene at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, but his reason for doing this is unknown.

Glossary Open

Battle of Flodden or Flodden Field (1513)

To honour the Auld Alliance, when England attacked France in 1513, James IV supported France by invading England. This ultimately resulted in probably Scotland's heaviest defeat with the Earl of Surrey's English army killing James IV and thousands of his men. The terrible price of Flodden is remembered in the ballad 'Flowers o’ the Forest'.

Battle of Flodden or Flodden Field (1513)


  • Acc. No. NG 2527
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 75.60 x 99.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1991