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      MacBeth 1005-1057, King of Scotland. He was the son of Finlay of Moray, and Donalda daughter of Kenneth II. He became King of the Scots when he killed Duncan I in 1040. Macbeth married Guroch (Lady Macbeth) granddaughter of Malcolm II. Macbeth was immortalised in the play by William Shakespeare although the play is historically inaccurate.

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      AUG. 15, 1057: King Macbeth of Scotland killed at the Battle of Lumphanan. image: King Macbeth of Scotland

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      King of Scotland Macbeth died on August 15, 1057--mortally wounded in battle.

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