In the Footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots
Mary Queen of Scots was born in Linlithgow Palace, Scotland, on the 7th of December 1542. She was the daughter of King James V of Scotland, and his French wife, Mary of Guise. She is said to have been christened in the Parish Church of St. Michael, near the Palace. Her father died only a few days after her birth, and the week old Mary became Queen of Scotland on the 14th of December 1542. She was crowned on the 9th of September the following year at Stirling.
Mary Stuart, known to history as Mary, Queen of Scots, was one of the most fascinating and controversial monarchs of sixteenth century Europe. At one time, she claimed the crowns of four nations - Scotland, France, England and Ireland. Her physical beauty and kind heart were acknowledged even by her enemies, yet she lacked the political skills to rule successfully in Scotland. Her second marriage was unpopular and ended in murder and scandal; her third was even less popular and ended in forced abdication in favor of her infant son. She fled to England in 1568, hoping for the help of her cousin, Elizabeth I. Her presence was dangerous for the English queen, who feared Catholic plotting on Mary's behalf. Mary never met her cousin and remained imprisoned for the next nineteen years. She was executed in 1587, only forty-four years old. By orders of the English government, all of her possessions were burned. In 1603, upon Elizabeth's death, Mary's son became King of England as James I. No Monarch before or since has traveled Scotland as has Mary.
Sites within easy driving distance of Dunkeld include; Balmerino Abbey, Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Lochleven Castle, Falkland and Falkland Palace, Linlithgow Palace.
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