St. Margaret was born in Hungary around 1045. Her father was Edward Atheling, the heir to the English throne, and her mother was the Hungarian Princess Agatha. During the Norman Conquest, her father died and her mother fled with her and her siblings. Their ship crashed on Scotland’s coast, and they stayed there.
When she was 25, Margaret married Malcolm Canmore, the king of Scotland. She led her husband by her example of faith and virtue, and they often prayed together and brought food to the hungry in his kingdom. She showed those in the court how to live with reverence and purity.
Margaret was also an advocate for the poor in Scotland. She built churches and encouraged others to devote their lives to Christ. She was a great example of piety as a leader, wife and mother.
St. Margaret died in 1093, 4 days after the deaths of her husband and son. She was canonized in 1250, and has been the patron saint of Scotland since 1673.
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