On This Day in History: 1488, King James III of Scotland is killed in battle

Following some dissatisfied nobles rallying against the King and having his son, James, as their figurehead. King James III said he would negotiate, then went back on his word and marched on Stirling, causing more nobles to desert the King. Eventually the King faced his opponents in battle at Sauchieburn, and, in spite of having the sword of Robert the Bruce to aid confidence, the King was killed and his son, James, succeeded him.

James IV, as he became, blamed himself for having a role in his father's death, and for the rest of his life, wore a heavy iron chain around his waist, next to the skin, as a reminder 


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