It was chiefly in the way of matrimonial alliances that it was brought into contact with other states.
His father set him on to demand the crown matrimonial, which would at least have assured to him the rank and station of independent royalty for life.
The matrimonial cause between Henry VIII.
C. 77 (testamentary, &c., England), c. 79 (testamentary, &c., Ireland), c. 85 (matrimonial, England); 33 & 34 Vict.
1 In February 1566 Bothwell, in spite of his previous matrimonial engagements - and he had also been united by "handfasting" to Janet Betoun of Cranstoun Riddell - married Jane, daughter of George Gordon, 4th earl of Huntly.