battle of the Standard, fought on the 22d of August, 1138, but the defeat was not decisive, for the Scottish king was almost immediately able to act on the offensive.
says: “But while all his public measures succeeded according to his desire, he was afflicted with a double distressing family calamity in the early deaths of his wife and only son. Deprived of a consort illustrious by descent, of exquisite beauty and accomplished manners, prematurely cut down in the flower of her age, he cherished such an affectionate remembrance of her when dead, whom he so tenderly loved when alive, that although he survived her upward of twenty years, he remained not only unmarried, but without attaching himself to any other woman.
Yet did not the excess of his grief prevent his attending to his public duty either in peace or war. * * * * He died, A. D. 1153, on the 24th of May, so dear to all, that his loss appeared to be that of the best of fathers, rather than that of a King.
Although his whole life was exemplary beyond anything which history records, yet for a few years before his death, he devoted himself so entirely to preparation for another and a better world, that he gently increased the veneration which his earlier years had inspired.
As he equaled the most excellent of the former kings in his warlike achievements, and excelled them in his cultivation of the arts of peace, at last, as if he had ceased to contend with others for pre-eminence in virtue, he endeavored to rival himself; and in this he so succeeded that the utmost ingenuity of the most learned who should attempt to delineate the resemblance of a good King
could not be able to conceive one so excellent as David, during his whole life, evinced himself.”
Lord Hailes, after quoting this last sentence, adds: “This is the sentiment of a historian whose principles are esteemed unfavorable to monarchy — such a sketch by Buchanan
is of a greater value than the studied performance of a thousand panegyrists.”
His only son,
, Prince Royal of Scotland
, and Earl
, was born 1115.
At the battle of the Standard, Earl Henry gallantly charged through the English
line of battle, and, with the precipitation of youth, attacked their rear guard.
In 1139 he married Adama, daughter of William de Warren
, the son of Gundred, youngest daughter of William the Conqueror, and his wife, Matilda, of Flanders
The mother of Adama was Elizabeth, daughter of Hugh Magnus
of Vermandois, second son of King Henry I, of France
Prince Henry, of Scotland
, died June 12, 1152.
He was one of the most accomplished princes of his time.
says: ”The affection which both the Scots and the English
entertained for the young prince