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King Alexander III married Yolande of Dreux - On this day in Scottish history

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King Alexander III married Yolande of Dreux on 14 October 1285 at Jedburgh Abbey. Yolande was the daughter of the Count of Dreux and was Alexander's second wife. The match was seen as advantageous for both parties and allowed Scotland to assert its indepencence from England, by allying with France.

Sadly, just five months later, Alexander died in a fall from cliffs in March 1286, whilst riding home from Edinburgh to meet Yolande. Once it became clear Yolande wasn't carrying Alexander's child (some accounts claim that she had a miscarriage) she returned home to France and later married the Duke of Brittany.

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