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Mary Queen of Scots exhibition includes rare manuscripts and books

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A new exhibition at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, showcases rare Mary Queen of Scots archive material from the Bute Collection, one of the UK's foremost private collections of art and artefacts. For more on Mary Queen of Scots, read our souvenir magazine.

Visitors to the historic house this summer can explore Mary Queen of Scots, which runs until 27 October 2019. The exhibition looks at both the real historical figure and the romantic cultural icon.

The diverse range of Mary-related materials includes:

  • historic manuscripts
  • paintings
  • needlework
  • books

All these items belong to the Bute Collection, one of the foremost private collections of art and artefacts in the UK. Many of the items were acquired in the early twentieth century by the Scottish history enthusiast John Crichton-Stuart, 4th Marquess of Bute.

However, some of the acquisitions date as far back as the late eighteenth century, indicating that Mary Queen of Scots has been a Bute family interest for nearly three hundred years. Notably, as descendents of Robert II, the Crichton-Stuarts of Bute are, in fact, distant relatives of the Queen herself.

To book, visit the Mount Stuart website.

Images: Mount Stuart copyright Colin (via Wikipedia Commons), historic image copyright Library of Congress, reproduction number LC-DIG-ppmsca-46656 from a c.1879 print

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