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A King So Nice They Crowned Him Twice


Sculpture at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, of the second crowning of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots

Sculpture at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, of the second crowning of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, by Isabella MacDuff.

Robert the Bruce (1274 – 1329) was crowned King of Scots on March 25, 1306 by Bishop William de Lamberton at Scone, near Perth, Scotland.

By tradition, the Earl of Fife had the role of placing the monarch on the Stone of Destiny, the ancient stone upon which the Scottish kings have been crowned. Duncan, the Earl of Fife, opposed Bruce and supported the English in the struggle between the two nations. Duncan, in fact, resided in England at the time. In light of his absence, Duncan’s sister, Isabella MacDuff, Countess of Buchan, assumed the family’s role and right to participate in the ceremonies.

On March 27, 1306 — 48 hours after the first coronation — Isabella MacDuff, on behalf of the earldom of Fife, placed the crown on Robert the Bruce, Earl of Carrick, Lord of Annandale, King of Scots.

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