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Monday, November 16, 2015

The Parking Spot Feast of St. Margaret of Scotland, November 16

Saint Margaret (she was born in Hungary) was queen consort to Malcolm the Third of Scotland. She had 8 children - 3 of the boys eventually were named King of Scotland and one of her daughters was queen consort to England..

Two interesting facts:

1) She established a ferry to carry pilgrims across the Firth of Forth to Dunfermline Abbey. She was buried there in 1093.

The refectory of Dunfermline Abbey

2) Near the ferry dock there was a cave where St. Margaret used to seek solitude for prayer. The cave is still there, and you can visit it...but it's now under a parking lot.

From a small building in the corner of the car park, 84 steps lead down to a tunnel, echoing with Gregorian chants. In the sides of the tunnel are displays giving the history of the cave which turns out to be a single chamber 10 feet long by 8 feet wide and 8 feet high. There are two raised seats on either site and a well at the far end which was once used as drinking water, now covered. To complete the illusion there is a statue of Queen Margaret.