24 February 2010

The Homes of Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary was born on 8 December 1542 here at Linlithgow Palace in Linlithgow, Scotland to King James V of Scotland and his French wife, Mary of Guise

 On 9 September 1543 Mary was crowned Queen of Scots in the chapel at Stirling Castle

On September 10, 1547, also known as "Black Saturday", Mary was sent to safety by her mother to Inchmahome Priory after the Scots suffered a defeat at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh

In February 1548, hearing that the English were on their way back, Mary of Guise moved Mary to Dumbarton Castle

With her marriage agreement in place, five-year-old Mary was sent to France in 1548 to spend the next thirteen years at the French court, mainly at Amboise

At Holyrood Palace on 29 July 1565, Mary married Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley

Mary's bedroom in Holyrood where Mary's friend and advisor, David Rizzo, was murdered by her husband and his minions.

Mary was imprisoned here in Loch Leven Castle, situated on an island in the middle of Loch Leven.  It was here that she suffered a miscarriage of twins and was forced by the Scottish lords to abdicate the Scottish throne in favour of her one-year-old son James

In 1568 Mary landed at Workington in England and stayed at Workington Hall

Mary was imprisoned by Elizabeth's officers at Carlisle Castle and it was here that Mary had the phrase En ma Fin gît mon Commencement ("In my end is my beginning") embroidered on her cloth of estate

Mary was also imprisoned at Bolton Castle

And again here at Tutbury Castle

And here too at Sheffield Castle and Sheffield Manor in the custody of George Talbot his wife, Bess of Hardwick

A plaque commemorating the death of Mary was placed there in 1913 by a historical society.