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


02 February 2019
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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.
See rare Mary Queen of Scots childhood letters to her mother Mary of Guise Images

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.

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