Alexander III of Scotland Memorial

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Alexander III of Scotland Memorial

Alexander III of Scotland Memorial
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ScottishTemplar
Edinburgh, UK1,653 contributions
Good monument with great views
Aug 2021 • Business
This is a monument to a king and also huge moment in the history of Scotland and the UK. The monument is at the side of a road and there is a lay-by so you can stop if driving. The views over the Forth to Edinburgh are really good.
Written August 28, 2021
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Alexander III of Scotland Memorial
Aug 2020
This monument marks the sport where Alexander III of Scotland is said to have fallen off his horse and fell to his death below the cliffs. A death that sparked a succession crisis and eventually a Braveheart movie. It's not much of a monument. It features a base decorated with royal Scottish insignia and a bronze plaque depicting a court scene. The base supports a pillar with a cross finial.

There's another plaque by the low wall next to the monument, but it's written in archaic English.
Written August 30, 2020
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,130 contributions
I rate this as average, but given the subject matter it should be more.
Nov 2019
Although this is quite a tall monument, and its situation overlooking the sea is rather fetching, there is little about the structure itself, or the signage that would make you want to stop. In truth it is a rather average monument, which is a bit of a shame really when you think of the importance of the Scottish King it commemorates.

Alexander III lived from 4 September 1241 to 19 March 1286 and was King of Scotland from 6 July 1249 to 19 March 1286 having come to the throne aged just 8 upon the death of his father.

During his reign it seems that Alexander was a rather single minded and confident young chap and rather than swear homage to the English King for the Kingdom of Scotland, he took control of the crown in his own right on attaining the age of 21 in 1262 and he immediately set to in completing the project left unfinished by his father by regaining the Western Isles from Norwegian control.

In 1285, Alexander married for the second time to Yolande de Dreux – a member of a powerful French family, and 5 months after they wed, tragedy struck. On 19 March 1286, Alexander was returning on horseback to be with Yolande at Kinghorn Castle after meeting his Council in Edinburgh. It was after dark and in bad weather when the King became separated from the rest of the party as they road along the cliff road above Pettycur. It is believed that his horse stumbled and Alexander was thrown to his death over the cliffs.
Written November 15, 2019
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LittleScottishTreasures - Magical Tours
Dunfermline, UK208 contributions
A fine memorial which needs more information.
Feb 2019 • Friends
Alexander III.
This is where he fell to his death, an event which was to change Scotland forever and result in many wars and countless deaths.
The Story of his fateful day should be shown on a board with pictures to highlight the importance of this place.
There is an area to park and the monument itself is lovely i just feel there is more to the story which should be shared.
Written February 21, 2019
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thetravellingmanUk
uk9,668 contributions
King at the age of 7!
Jun 2018 • Family
Out for a drive today with my daughter, and heading along the A921 from Kinghorn to Burntisland, and just short of entering Burntisland, we noticed the Alexander III of Scotland Monument on our left hand side.
There is parking for about three to four cars in a lay-by which is right next to the monument. Benches are also situated here, and there are views out to Kinghorn Bay.
We were quite intrigued to learn that Alexander III became King at the young age of 7!
He was born on the 4th September 1241, became King on the 13th July 1249, and died on the 19th March 1286, aged 44, after a fall from his horse while riding in the dark to visit the Queen at Kinghorn. He was buried in Dunfermline Abbey.
Written June 6, 2018
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craigluscar
Dunfermline, UK13,150 contributions
Scotland’s last Celtic King
Jan 2018 • Solo
Erected in memory of Alexander 111 the last Celtic King of Scotland who died at this site in 19th March, 1286. The monument was erected in 1886 in the Victorian style with a plaque and an inscription . Made from Peterhead Granite ,designed by Hippolyte J Blanc, 1886 with the sculptor John Rhind, . There is a small layby for 3 cars and the sight overlooks Kinghorn Bay
Written January 25, 2018
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