Sir Michael Scott "The Wizard" second Baron of Balwearie 181,1345
- Born: Abt 1214, Kircaldy Parish, Fife, Scotland 181,1346
- Marriage (1): Unknown
- Died: Abt 1300, Balwearie Castle, Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire, Scotland about age 86 181,1345
Noted events in his life were:
• Education. 181 At Oxford, Michael was a fellow student of Roger Bacon.
At the University of Paris, he was styled "Michael the Mathematician" and also obtained the degree of Doctor of Divinity.
He was also a student at the University of Padua. At Toledo in Spain, he translated into Latin from the Arabic this history of animals by the famous physician Avicenna.
• Positions. 181 Emperor Frederick II appointed Michael Astrologer Royal and at his request, Michael translated the greater part of the works of Aristotle, assisted by Andrew, a Jew.
In England, he was cordially received by Edward II.
Arriving back in his native Scotland, he was knighted by King Alexander III. He was one of four nobles deputized in 1292 to bring home Margaret, the Maid of Norway.
A man of State affairs as well as a scientist and philosopher, he sailed again to Norway as ambassador to request the cession of the Orkney Islands.
• Death, 1300. 181 It is believed that Michael died at the age of 86 in 1300 and that his body lies in Melrose Abbey.
• In literature. 181 Dante named Michael in "The inferno" and Sir Walter Scott immortalized him in "The Lay of the Last Minstrel"