Margaret Stuart (1598–1600)

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Margaret accompanies her siblings in an 1814 mezzotint by Willem van de Passe.
Born24 December 1598
Dalkeith Palace, Edinburgh
DiedMarch 1600 (aged 1)
Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow
FatherJames VI and I
MotherAnne of Denmark
Scottish and English Royalty
House of Stuart
Coat of Arms of England (1603-1649).svg
James VI and I
Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales
Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia and Electress Palatine
Princess Margaret
Charles I
Prince Robert, Duke of Kintyre
Princess Mary
Princess Sophia

Margaret Stuart (24 December 1598 – March 1600) was the second daughter of King James VI of Scotland and Anne of Denmark. Sometime in March 1600, Margaret died of an unknown illness and she was buried in Holyrood Abbey. Three years later, her father ascended the throne of England.


Margaret was born on Christmas Eve 1598, the second daughter of King James VI of Scotland, future James I of England, and Anne of Denmark, her baptism was postponed until April 1599, as the winter, part of the "Little Ice Age", was exceptionally cold and there were worries that the princess should catch a cold and expire.[1] King James wrote a letter to a friend, in expectation for his daughter's baptism: "We greet you well: having appointed the baptism of our dearest daughter to be here at Holyrood House, upon Sunday, the 18th of April next, in such honorable manner as that action craved: we have therefore though good right effectually to request and desire you to send us such offerings and presents against that day, as is best then in season and convenient for that action, as you regard our honor and will merit our special thanks. So, not doubting to find your greater willingness to pleasure us herein, since you are to be invited to take part of you own good cheer, we commit you to God."[1] James paid 400 pounds Scots for furniture made for Margaret and her sister Elizabeth on occasion of the baptism.[2]

After the baptism, Margaret and her sister were put into the care of Lord Livingston and his wife Lady Livingston at Linlithgow Palace. Helena Crichton was her wet nurse.[2]

Death and burial[edit]

In March 1600, Margaret was taken ill, but her disease is not known. Alexander Barclay, apothecary, and the Polish physician Martin Schöner were called to "supply certain drugs, medicaments, and other geer, for the use of the Lady Margaret, during the time of her sickness" and assist the infant, but to no avail.[2] Margaret died sometime during the very same month she became ill, but the exact date was never recorded. Later in March, she was embalmed, her body was decorated with flannel, crimson silk and Florence ribbon, to prepare her for the funeral, she was transported from Linlithgow to Edinburgh and was privately interred in Holyrood Abbey.[2]




  1. ^ a b Everett Green 1857, p. 88.
  2. ^ a b c d Everett Green 1857, p. 89.


  • Everett Green, Mary Anne (1857). Lives of the princesses of England. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longman, & Roberts.