obert, Duke of Albany was the younger brother of King Robert III of Scotland. When the King' health became poor, Albany saw his opportuinity to rule Scotland himself. But the King had two sons, David Stewart, the Earl of Rothesay and James. David was unpopular and Albany used this as an excuse to have him imprisoned. While in captivity David was starved to death. In 1406 King Robert became aware of the threat that Albany posed and so put his youngest son, James, on a ship to France where he would be safe from his uncle. But the ship was intercepted by the English and James was captured. James was around twelve years old at the time. Being of noble birth the young prince was treated well and given an education befitting his status. When King Robert died Albany assumed the title of Regent and became the ruler of Scotland. He remained in power until his death in 1420.
David, the eldest son of Robert III, King of Scotland, was arrested by his uncle, Robert the duke of Albany and locked up in Falkland Palace where he died in 1402. This led to James I becoming the next king of Scotland.
Robert III of Scotland had fled from the Duke of Albany to Rothesay Castle and had attempted to send his son James to France. English pirates intercepted James and he was sent to London and imprisoned.
With the death of Robert III, King of the Scots, James I became the new King of Scotland but as he was imprisoned by the English, his uncle Robert, Duke of Albany, acted as Regent until the release of James in 1424. ¹
When James I returned to Scotland and take the thone he found that the country was in a poor state of affairs. There were many barons who had used the time of his imprisonment to further their own ambitions rather than to protect Scotland and it's people. These included Murdoch Stewart and his sons, Walter and Alexander. Murdoch had been acting as regent since the death of his father, Robert Duke of Albany in 1420. King James had Walter, Alexander and finally Murdoch arrested and executed at Stirling Castle.
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Selection of references used:
1. Susan Ross, The Castles of Scotland, ISBN:0-85097-184-5