Expert curators are working in a facility just off the historic district of Canongate in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh. There, in the Museum of Edinburgh archives, they find some astonishing documents – a bundle of papers unseen since the 1920s. And unbelievably, some of these overlooked documents actually bear the signature of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Mary, Queen of Scots can be thought of as a romantic – yet tragic – character in Scottish history. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at the life of this troubled queen and her unique place in history. Indeed, it’s a fascinating story with many twists and a deeply disturbing conclusion.
Mary Stuart was born on December 8, 1542, in the splendor of one of Scotland’s royal residences, Linlithgow Palace. Her father was King James V of Scotland and her mother was a Frenchwoman known as Mary of Guise. Mary was born under specific circumstances – and three things in particular would cause her trouble as an adult.