19/10/2017 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

The TV drama Reign from Netflix is a dramatised version of the life of Mary Queen of Scots

d6adbf52-63d3-4922-bb67-1def9653e80e

Historical drama Reign starring Adelaide Cane (Mary Queen of Scots), Megan Follows (Catherine de' Medice) and Torrance Coombs (Sebastian de Poitiers) follows the rise and fall of Scottish queen Mary Queen of Scots.

The TV drama, now in its fourth season, is produced by Netflix and season 1 was first screened in 2013, with the opening episode showing teenage Mary travelling to meet her fiance Francis, dapuhin of France.

The four seasons follow Mary during her time in France, on to the early years of her reign in Scotland, through her three marriages, imprisonment in England on the orders of Elizabeth I and her execution.

Watch the series I promo:

Who was Mary Queen of Scots?

Mary Queen of Scots was born on 8 December 1542 at Linlithgow Palace in Scotland. She became queen of Scotland six days after her birth, when her father James V was killed in battle. In 1558 Mary married Francis, dauphin of France and was widowed within two years, shortly after becoming queen consort.

She returned to the land of her birth in 1561 and had a brief and unhappy reign with two further husbands, Henry Stuart Lord Darnley and James Hepburn Earl of Bothwell.

Mary was forced to abdicate in favour of her infant son, the future James VI and she fled to England, where she was imprisoned on the orders of her cousin Elizabeth I. She was moved between various prisons before she was executed at Fotheringay Castle on 8 February 1587 at the age of 44.

Five facts you (probably) never knew about Mary Queen of Scots.

Back to News

19/10/2017 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

The Beechgrove Garden Story - celebrating 40 years with BBC Aberdeen

The BBC's much-loved Beechgrove Garden Story will mark four decades of gardening advice and humour, with a ...


Nuclear bunker at Cabrach, Moray, to open to the public for one day only

Members of the public will be given access to a nuclear monitoring post for the first time since the end of ...


Canals and Factories by L.S. Lowry on display at Duff House

A much-loved painting by the English artist L.S. Lowry is on display at Duff House in Banff, Aberdeenshire. ...


Mary Queen of Scots returns to Leith for Heritage Awareness Day 2018

The 457th anniversary of Mary Queen of Scots returning from France to Leith will form part of the ...


Other News

Leif Erikson bust unveiled on the Isle of Lewis

Connections between Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson, the first recorded European to reach North America, and ...


Mackintosh's Tea Rooms - new BBC Two Scotland documentary

A new hour-long documentary tells the story of Glasgow businessman Celia Sinclair, who rescued the Old Willow ...


Charter, Church, Conflict and Community: Haddington 1318-2018

A one-day conference by Haddington’s History Society and E.L. Antiquarian and Field Naturalists’ Society - 15 ...


Glencoe Visitor Centre to close for £1M improvements

Visitors to Glencoe will experience a 'transformed' visitor centre if plans submitted to the Highland Council ...