In the meantime William Rufus
ascended the throne of England
Seeking an occasion of war with the Scots, he surprised the castle of Alnwick, and put the garrison to death; and Malcolm
after having in vain demanded restitution, laid siege to the place with a large army.
The besieged being reduced to extremity, requested a parley, to treat of surrender; and desired that the King
in person would come to receive the keys, which were offered on the point of a spear.
whilst in the act of accepting them, was treacherously killed.
His oldest son, Edward, sprang forward to avenge his father's death, but received a wound, of which he almost instantly expired.
Margaret, overwhelmed with grief at the loss of her beloved husband and son, did not long survive the calamity.
, in 1093, fell, and as Buchanan
says: ”After having reigned thirty-six years, transmitted to posterity a name stained by no vice, but distinguished by many illustrious virtues.
By Margaret he had six sons and two daughters.
Their youngest son,
III.--David I, was born in 1080.
Shortly after the death of King Malcolm, his brother, Donald Bane
, came in possession of the kingdom; and Edgar Atheling
caused his sister's children, five sons and two daughters, who were all of immature age, to be brought to him in England
The royal children were carefully educated.
Prince David had remained with his sister, Queen Matilda, in England
, while his brothers, Edgar
, successively mounted the Scottish throne.
In 1110 he married his cousin Matilda, Countess
Her father was “Old Siward's” second son, Waltheof, renowned for his gallant defense of York
Her mother was Judith, niece of William the Conqueror.
brought her husband a son, Henry
, in whom the dispositions of both father and mother were early apparent.
David on the death of his brother, Alexander
I, without children, succeeded to the throne April 27, 1124.
By attending the court of so accomplished a Prince as Henry I, he had gained great experience in the art of government.
He was immediately called to the difficult task of defending the independence of the Scottish Church
against the pretensions of the Archbishop
, and the prejudice of the Pope
His prudence finally disappointed both.
He proved himself an able general in 1130, during the insurrection of Angus, Earl
of Moray, who claimed a title to the throne.
King David, in the contest between Stephen, Count
, and the Empress Matilda
for the crown of England
, warmly took the part of his neice.
In the various engagements between his troops and the adherents of Stephen, David was generally successful.
He lost the