NQ Scottish History


The thirteenth century saw a general expansion in the population of Europe, and stability throughout the region. In Scotland, during the reign of Alexander III, this can clearly be seen. Despite a series of devastating famines that ravaged Scotland when he first became king, the Scottish economy began to flourish.

Berwick became one of the major trading destinations in the North Sea, becoming Scotland’s wool market which fed into the ever expanding international Wool trade. This brought much needed bullion (silver) into the Scottish economy. It allowed Alexander to engage in a building programme, with the construction of several important monasteries and castles.

  • Photograph of Findlater Castle on the Moray Firth

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The reign of Alexander III