James III is not often remembered as a powerful king and he died as he fled the field at Sauchieburn

How the kidnap of the King of Scots came back to bite the family
IN last week’s column I showed how the accidental death of King James II had led to his son James III gaining the throne at the age of eight or nine, which meant that his mother Mary of Guelders ruled as Queen Regent, though she did this as part of a Regency Council which included Bishop James Kennedy of St Andrews with whom she endured a poor relationship.