Margaret Eriksdatter

Margrete Eriksdatter (1283 - 1290)

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Margrete (Margaret) "Maid of Norway, Girl from Norway" Eriksdatter
Born in Bergen, Hordaland, Norwaymap
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Sister of [half]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Islands, Orkney, Scotlandmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 May 2011
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Categories: Scottish Nobility | Norwegian Nobility | Scandinavian Nobility (Viking Period).


Margrete, Norwegian princess, also called "Girl from Norway," daughter of Eirik Magnusson and Margrete. The small Margrete should take over the Scottish throne as the next heir after her maternal grandfather (died 1286), and a marriage between her and the English Prince Edward (later Edward II) was agreed. On the journey Margrete was ill and died in Orkney 1290. Ten years later appeared a German woman up in Bergen and pretended to be Margrete. She was burned at Nordnes in 1301. Many thought she was wrongly convicted and worshiped her as a saint. The events gave rich nourishment to the popular imagination and forms the historical core of several Margreteviser.


  • Royal Ancestry by Douglas Richardson Vol. IV p. 595
  • Isl.Ann.
  • RN, Vol. 2 and 4
  • A. Orr. Anderson: Early Sources of Scottish History, Vol. 2, Edinburgh 1922/1990, pp. 694-696
  • NFH, part 4, vol. 2, 1859
  • H. Koht: biography in NBL1, Vol. 9, 1940
  • R. Nicholson, Scotland. The Later Middle Ages, Edinburgh 1974
  • K. Helle: Bergen city's history, Vol. 1, 1982
  • N. Reid: "Margaret 'Maid of Norway' and Scottish queen ship", in Reading Medieval Studies, Vol. 8, 1982
  • GWS Barrow, K. Helle, M. Prestwich and BE Crawford: "Studies Commemorative of the Anniversary of the Death of the Maid of Norway ', in Scottish Historical Review, Vol. 69, 1990, pp. 120-184 (four separate stories)
  • N. Bjørgo: "Power and powerlessness" in Norwegian foreign policy history, Vol. 1, 1995


Preceded by
Alexander III
Queen of Scots
19 March 1285/6 - abt. 26 September 1290
Succeeded by

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Margaret (Eriksdatter), Queen of Scotland, Maid of Norway
Margaret (Eriksdatter), Queen of Scotland, Maid of Norway

Queen Margaret, granddaughter of Alexander III, Maid of Norway
Queen Margaret, granddaughter of Alexander III, Maid of Norway


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