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Coronation of Mary, Queen of Scots

Posted in Anniversary, History, Royalty on Monday, 30 August 2010

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picture, Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes her prison at Loch Leven

Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes her prison at Loch Leven. Illustration by James E. McConnell

9 September marks the anniversary of the Coronation of Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1543. She was the only surviving legitimate child of King James V and was only six days old when her father died. She was crowned nine months later.

Mary’s life was a series of tragedies. She married the Dauphin of France in 1558 but was widowed in 1560; her second marriage to Lord Darnley (in 1565) ended when her husband was murdered; she then married the Earl of Bothwell, a suspect for Darnley’s murder, and popular feeling turned against her. She was forced to abdicate and spent some time imprisoned before escaping to England where she was perceived as a threat to Queen, Elizabeth I, and spent 19 years in custody, eventually being executed in 1587 for treason over her involvement in plots against Elizabeth.

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