Random Fact: Macbeth

Macbeth was a real person. His name, (MacBeatha or Mac Bethad) means ‘son of life’ in Gaelic. He ruled Scotland for 17 years, rather than the one of Shakespeare’s play, from 1040 to 1057. He was described by contemporaries as a ‘liberal king’ with ‘fair, yellow hair and tall’ and a ‘ruddy countenance’. Scotland, under his rule, was so peaceful that he left the country to make a pilgrimage to Rome in 1050 – a rare thing for a king to do!