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Mary, Queen of Scots, was one of the most fascinating and controversial monarchs of 16th 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.

Mary, queen of Scots, in an official portrait at the Blairs Museum – The Museum of Scotland’s Catholic Heritage.This striking portrait of Mary was painted during her brief adult rule in Scotland.

Mary, Queen of Scots and her son James. James would become King James, I, the successor of Queen Elizabeth, and the first of a new dynasty to the English throne ~ the Stuarts.

Maria Stuart, Queen of Scots - and her son James I - Mary was beheaded at the order of Queen Elizabeth I. Mary's son James as closest heir goes on to succeed Queen Elizabeth I.

Mary Queen of Scots being led to execution early on the morning of February 8, 1587.

Mary, Queen of Scots being led to Execution (oil on canvas), Pott, Laslett John / Nottingham City Museums and Galleries (Nottingham Castle) / The Bridgeman Art Library

The story of Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots December 1542 – 8 February also known as Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland, was Queen of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567 and Queen consort of France from 10 July 1559 to 5 December

Chemise belonging to Mary, Queen of Scots in which she was executed at Fotheringhay Castle. Inscribed on the bodice in red and dated Feb 11 1587.

Chemise belonging to Mary, Queen of Scots in which she was executed at Fotheringhay Castle. Of fine linen with drawn thread borders inscribed on the bodice in red and dated Feb 11 National Trust Collections, UK.

Sapphire ring of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Sapphire ring of Mary, Queen of Scots - This historic ring has a fine table-cut sapphire set on a gold hoop with an inscription on the back of the bezel which reads ‘Sent by Queen Mary of Scotland at her death’.

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