Taking place on the first Saturday in September in The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar, the Gathering has been held in one form or another since the days of King Malcolm Canmore
, 900 years ago, and has run in its present form since 1832.
, king of the Scots and successor to Macbeth, was killed in a raid on which North East town in 1093?
There have been Gatherings of one sort or another at Braemar since the days of King Malcolm Canmore
, 900 years ago, and the Gathering has been run Braemar Royal Highland Charity since 2011.
Married to Malcolm Canmore
, King of Scots, Margaret mothered six sons, including the monarch, David I, who ruled from 1124 till 1153.
Describing the Scots as a "mongrel race", he traced the origins of the modern nation as a mix of Viking blood, Celts and Irish with a touch of ancient explorers from Rome before Malcolm Canmore
, and later William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, carved out independence from the English yoke.
Historians say there have been Gatherings of one sort or another at Braemar since the days of King Malcolm Canmore
, nine hundred years ago.
THE FIRST OF THE THREE SCOTTISH KINGS named Alexander was one of the many sons of Malcolm Canmore
, Macbeth's killer, and his second wife, the saintly Queen Margaret.
In the classic way, it was in the interest of bards under the patronage of a rival Scottish royal line, deriving from the nobleman Malcolm Canmore
, to reinvent history.
It is believed that King Malcolm Canmore
and his army camped here before going on to defeat McBeth in battle near Lumphanon in 1057.
THE king who succeeded Macbeth in 1057 was Lulach the Fool, but he only sat on the Scottish throne for a few months before being killed, when Malcolm Canmore
took the crown (Page 40, September 1).
Winning the heart of King Malcolm Canmore
, she became queen and initiated the observance of Christ Mass during the Yule celebration.
Its explanation would run something along these lines: when Lulach, Macbeth's stepson, was killed by Malcolm Canmore
in 1058, the royal line of Moray did not die out but was represented by Lulach's son, Mael Snechta.