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St. Margaret and the Ferry
According to the old Traditional Catholic calendar, today
10 June, is the feast day of St. Margaret of Scotland. Much
later in the 1969 revision of the Catholic calendar the date was
changed to 16 November, the date of her death in 1093. It is our
understanding Scots have always celebrated her feast day on
16 November.

St. Margaret was a very pious Catholic and an English princess
who married King Malcolm III of Scotland in 1070 and died in
1093. For more detail about her life please refer to her entry in
The WA Religious album. During her reign as Queen consort,
She did much to make Scotland a Roman Catholic country by
her example and charitable works.

Amongst these charitable works, St. Margaret established a
Ferry Service across the Firth of Forth to ease the way
for pilgrims travelling to St. Andrews in Fife. This act gave the
names to the towns of North Queensferry and South Queensferry.

Today, we have the Queensferry Crossing Bridge with carries the M90
motorway and the Forth Road Bridge for vehicle traffic in addition to the
Forth Railway Bridge which have taken the place of the ferries which
succeeded St. Margaret’s Ferry there, but the towns of North Queensferry
in Fife and South Queensferry in Edinburgh remain.

SOURCE, NOTES AND CREDITS: We give credit to the
Wikipedia internet articles for much of the information used here.

The artwork is a rendering by John Hamilton Gaylor.

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