02/02/2019
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

See rare Mary Queen of Scots childhood letters to her mother Mary of Guise

1d0cd023-565c-4ada-9319-5da651e5f388

Rare items relating to Mary Queen of Scots, including the letters she wrote to her mother and during her captivity in England will be on display at National Library of Scotland for two days next week.

The special display, on 8 and 9 February 2019 is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the execution of Mary Queen of Scots on 8 February 1587. Items on display will explore depictions of Mary Stuart through the ages — from the lavish engravings of a Mary Queen of Scots themed masked ball in 1820s France to 20th and 21st-century film scripts and ephemera.

Visitors will also be able to get up close to an early charter with Mary's great seal, Mary Stuart's childhood correspondence with her mother, Mary of Guise, and a letter to the French ambassador in England written in the early days of her captivity.

A household name

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: 'This exhibit — which brings together Mary Queen of Scots items that have never before been seen together — shows that she was as much a household name during her lifetime as she is now.'

'Highlights will undoubtedly be Mary Stuart's handwritten letters which are held in the Library's collections — opportunities to see treasures like these are almost as rare as the items themselves.'

Other items on display will include a detailed series of melodramatic engravings from 1791 depicting Mary Queen of Scots' execution, as well as a digitised presentation of her last letter complete with translation and interpretation.

The special display will take place at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February, from 10:00–16:00. Entry is free.

(Report and images copyright National Library of Scotland)

QUICK LINK: The last letter written by Mary Queen of Scots

 

Back to "Mary Queen of Scots" Category

02/02/2019 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

On this day in history - Mary Queen of Scots married Francis Dauphin of France

Mary Queen of Scots married Francis, Dauphin of France at Notre Dame de Paris on 24 April 1558.


Did your ancestor sign the Declaration of Arbroath? New project aims to discover descendants through DNA testing

The University of Strathclyde Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme has launched the Declaration of ...


King Charles II was crowned at Westminster Abbey - On this day in history

King Charles II was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London on 23 April 1661.


Ancient marine reptile fossil findings influenced sea serpent sightings, new research reveals

Sea monster sightings in the 19th century were influenced by the discovery of ancient reptile fossils, new ...


Other Articles

Politician Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman died - On this day in history

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, the first politician to be officially called Prime Minister, died on 22 April ...


Naturalist John Muir was born - On this day in history

John Muir, the Scottish-born naturalist known as the 'Father of the National Parks' was born on 21 April ...


Scottish golf prodigy Young Tom Morris was born - On this day in history

Golf prodigy Young Tom Morris was born on 20 April 1851 in St Andrews.


Lord Byron died in Greece - On this day in history

Romantic poet Lord Byron died in Missolonghi on 19 April 1824, whilst taking part in the fight for Greek ...