15 May 2022
Mary Queen of Scots married her third husband, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, on 15 May 1567.
On 15 May 1567, Mary Queen of Scots made an unpopular third marriage to James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell. The marriage took place according to Protestant rites in the Great Hall at Holyrood, eight days after Bothwell's divorce from Jean Gordon, daughter of the 4th Earl of Huntly.
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Mary and Bothwell's marriage proved disastrous - within hours of the union, placards appeared on the streets of Edinburgh with images of Mary as a mermaid (which was the sign for a prostitute) and Bothwell was forced to flee Scotland exactly a month later, never to see Mary again. He died in prison in Dragsholm Castle in Denmark in 1578, at the age of 44, after years of solitary confinement.
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