Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Past Chronicles
Past Chronicles

Nostalgia

The Story of Queen Mary of Scots

The Story of Queen Mary of Scots
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f2/Am_linlithgow_palace_south.jpg

On December 8, 1542, Mary Stuart was born in Linlithgow Palace located in West Lothian, Scotland. Mary was the daughter of King James V of Scotland, who passed away six days after she was born, making her Queen Mary of Scots at the age of six days.

The life of the infant queen was going to be a long series of drama, romance, and intrigue. However, Queen Mary of Scots should not be confused with the famous ‘Bloody Mary’ that has somehow entered games played by the young in which if you chant ‘Bloody Mary’ thrice, she is summoned.

The queen known as ‘Bloody Mary’ was England’s Queen Elizabeth I’s older sister, Mary Tudor, and she had become known as Bloody Mary by her opponents. This nickname was given to her because hundreds of Protestants were burned at the stake during her time. Let’s instead dive into the fascinating life of Queen Mary Stuart of Scots.

Queen Mary of Scots

Mary of Scots was the queen of a different country, but her life was just as interesting and full of twists and turns. In fact, Mary, Queen of Scots is considered one of the most prominent figures in the royal history of Scotland.

The infant queen’s great-grandfather Henry VIII vied to control the throne. However, Mary’s mother ended up acting as a regent on her daughter’s behalf. Her mother sent her to the French court for them to raise her. There she got married to the French Dauphin in 1558 who later became King Francis II of France. Unfortunately, he died while still in his teens.

Mary Returns to Scotland

After her husband’s death, Mary had to return to Scotland to assume her role as the monarch of Scotland. In 1565, Mary married her English cousin Lord Darnley so she could reinforce her claim to succession to the English throne after the death of Queen Elizabeth I. They were blessed with a boy, who went on to become James VI and I of Scotland and England. However, Lord Darnley was killed in an explosion in 1567. The key suspect ended up being Queen Mary’s lover Earl of Bothwell. However, the court acquitted him, and he married the queen the same year.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Queen Mary’s marriage to Earl Bothwell enraged the nobility which leads to Mary waging an offensive scheme against them. She brought an army against the nobles. The nobles defeated and imprisoned Queen Mary at Lochleven, Scotland. They forced her to abdicate from the throne in favor of her son, James.

Queen Mary of Scots flees to England

Mary managed to escape from captivity and raised an army, which was defeated again so she fled to England. She was welcomed by her cousin the Queen of England, Elizabeth but this relationship soured as Mary conspired to overthrow her. It was then that she was put under house arrest.

In 1586 – nineteen years later – Mary was found involved in a major plot to murder Queen Elizabeth for which she faced a trial. She was not only found guilty but was also sentenced to death.

The queen who ascended the Scottish throne when she was six days old, was now a deposed queen who was to be executed. Her life ended at the execution block on February 8, 1587, after she was beheaded. And this was the end of Queen Mary of Scotland.

Avatar
Written By

Carlos is a history and entertainment writer from Southern California. He received his Bachelor Degree in History from the University of California San Diego. Carlos loves exploring new countries and cultures and has visited 17 different countries so far in his lifetime.

Advertisement

You May Also Like

History

There is a deep history behind the symbol of the fleur de Lis. For many centuries, it has developed various meanings as well as...

Mysteries

If you happen to travel to Chihuahua, Mexico, be sure to visit the La Popular wedding dress shop. You may find the wedding dresses...

U.S. History

Frank Rushan, or commonly known as Andre Rand, is an alleged serial killer who was guilty of kidnapping two kids. Currently, the American convict...

Nostalgia

Over the years, there has been an appreciation for shows that dealt with families. These shows could be comedies that allow people to laugh...

Mysteries

Mary Stuart, more commonly known as Mary, Queen of Scots, led a highly controversial life. She was only six days old when she ascended...

Nostalgia

Historians and discoverers are constantly looking out for anything that can reveal the history of the world. They can use anything from unearthed pots...

Nostalgia

The fashion of European and European influence clothing in the era of 1860s dresses can be characterized by voluminous women’s fashions that rely on...

World History

The classical village took its name from the 12th-century Castle, which stands about 1/3 mile or 500 m to the north. The Castle called...