Of truly royal roots, the Duncans feature prominently in Scotland’s story.
Tracing a descent from the ninth century King Kenneth MacAlpine, recognised as the founder of what became the Scottish nation, King Duncan 1 was enthroned in 1034, only to be later slain by the ambitious Macbeth.
Duncan’s son, Malcolm Canmore, took the throne after defeating Macbeth in battle in 1057 while his wife, Margaret, a daughter of Edgar Aethling, became one of Scotland’s best loved queens, building churches and giving generously to the poor.
Of Duncan lineage, King David 1, who reigned from 1124 to 1153, was the great, great, great grandfather of the warrior king Robert the Bruce, while it was through the marriage of Bruce’s daughter Marjorie to Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland, that the seeds were sown for what would grow to be the Royal House of Stuart.
Recorded here is the colourful saga of the Duncans.