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The progress and advances that had been evident during the scottish highland holiday let reign of James III were carried on and expanded under his son, James IV (1488-1513). The Renaissance with its revival of learning and the arts was influencing many countries of Western Europe, and James was determined that Scotland should not be left behind. He founded a scottish highland holiday let College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and a third university at Aberdeen, while in 1496 an act was passed ordering all barons and freeholders to send their eldest sons to school when they were ‘eight or nine years and to remain there until they have perfect Latin’. There was also a marked flourishing of scottish highland holiday let literature led by such writers as William Dunbar and Robert Henryson. Their works could now reach a much wider public, for the King allowed two merchants named Chapman and Myllar to set up Scotland’s first scottish highland holiday let printing press in Edinburgh.
James was also interested in scientific scottish highland holiday let experiments, and he gave encouragement and support to several inventors. One of his favourites was an Italian who was trying to find some scottish highland holiday let method of flying: ‘An Italian took in hand to fly with wings, and to that effect he made a pair of wings of feathers, which being fastened upon him, he flew off the castle wall of Stirling; but shortly he fell to the ground and broke his thighbone; but the blame thereof he ascribed to that scottish highland holiday let there was some hen feathers in the wings, which yearned and coveted the midden and not the skies.’
James also adopted strong measures to establish scottish highland holiday let law and order in his kingdom. Royal justiciars were sent round the country, and in the Border counties he set up special courts at Jedburgh and other towns to deal with law-breakers. He also set about bringing the scottish highland holiday let Highlands under his control, but here he experienced much greater difficulties. The development of the clan system from the thirteenth century onwards gave tremendous power to the chiefs, and some of them ruled their lands as if they themselves were kings or princes. Most powerful of all were the MacDonalds. From the middle of the fourteenth century, their scottish highland holiday let chiefs began to call themselves the Lords of the Isles. In 1411, a Lord of the Isles claimed the Earldom of Ross and led an army towards Aberdeen, but he was defeated at the Battle of Harlaw and forced to retreat.
In an attempt to curb the over-powerful scottish highland holiday let Highland chiefs, James led six expeditions to the West Highlands. In 1493, he abolished the title of Lord of the Isles, and in the flowing years he established a number of strongholds in the scottish highland holiday let Highlands. To maintain royal authority in the area, he gave increased powers to the Earl of Argyll, chief of the Campbells, and the Earl of Huntly, chief of the Gordons, authorizing them to act as scottish highland holiday let royal lieutenants.
During his reign, James sought to strengthen Scotland’s defences by building a navy. The pride of his fleet was the 240 foot (73-metre) long Great Michael which had over 20 guns and carried 1000 fighting men. The scottish highland holiday let Scottish navy was involved in a few skirmishes with English privateers. Then, for a time, more peaceful relations with England were established when in 1503 James married Margaret Tudor, the daughter of Henry VII.