What famous Scottish king was a leper?

Robert the Bruce (1274-1329), liberator of Scotland and King of that country from 1315 until his death, was a victim of leprosy. The Scottish King had made a vow to go on a crusade to the Holy Land, but was prevented from doing so, first by wars at home and then by the disease that he knew would end his life. The royal leper, who spent the last two years of his life at Cardrose Castle on the northern shore of the Firth of Clyde, asked Sir James Douglas (the Good) who had fought under Bruce in the decisive Battle of Bannockburn, to take his heart to Jerusalem for burial. After Bruce died of leprosy his heart was removed . and the body buried in the abbey church of Dunfermline, the “West\r of Scotland.” In 1390 Sir James set out for Palestine with the embalmed heart of Bruce in a silver casket, but while traveling-through Spam he joined a band of Christians who were being beseiged ‘by the Moors. According to tradition, just before Douglas was killed in the battle he threw Brace’s heart in the midst of the infidel host, crying, “Go thou before as thou wert wont to do, and Douglas will follow.” One of his knights recovered the heart of Bruce and took it and the ‘ body of Douglas back to Scotland, where both were buried in Melrose Abbey. When Brace’s body was disinterred in 1819 the remains showed clearly that the heart had been removed. A royal leper is mentioned in the Bible. II Kings 15:5 says, the Lord smote King Azariah (Uzziah) of Judah “so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house.” Baldwin IV, King of Jerusalem from 1174 to 1185, was a leper and died of the disease at the supposed age of twenty-four. He. is the hero of Zofia Kossak’s The Leper King (1945).