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King of Scotland Macbeth

Full Name: Mac Bethad mac FindlaĆ­ch
Profession: King of Scotland


Biography: King of the Scots (also known as the King of Alba, and earlier as King of Moray and King of Fortriu) from 1040 until his death.

Macbeth is best known as the subject of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth" and the many works it has inspired, although the play presents a highly inaccurate picture of his reign and personality.

Died: August 15, 1057
Cause of Death: Mortally wounded and killed in battle

Historical Events

  • 1040-08-14 King Duncan I of Scotland killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth (not murdered in his sleep as in Shakespeare's play). The latter does succeed him as King.

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