The challenge came when, on a stormy night in March 1286, Alexander III fell to his death at Kinghorn in Fife. He left no effective successor. His heir, duly accepted as Queen, was his granddaughter Margaret, aged at most four at the time and living at the court of her father Eric, King of Norway, whom Alexander’s daughter, also called Margaret, had married in 1281. This latter Margaret had died in 1283. For Edward I, King of England and conqueror of Wales, Alexander’s death presented an opportunity; though not one that he was in a particular hurry to take up.
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