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Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots (born Mary Stewart and, in French, Marie Stuart) reigned from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567. In lists of Scottish sovereigns she is recognized as Mary I.

Find out more and view the records of her marriage to Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley in the Hall of Fame entry Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587 ).

Image of an extract from the Treasurer’s Accounts recording payments to royal messengers to perform their duties, including an instruction to recruit mariners from Fife to take Mary to France, July 1548 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, E21/42 page 291)

Image of an extract from the Treasurer’s Accounts recording payments to royal messengers to perform their duties, including an instruction to recruit mariners from Fife to take Mary to France, July 1548 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, E21/42 page 291)

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Image of Vouchers of accounts of Robert Richardson, Treasurer. Warrant for some taffeta in preparation for the baptism of Prince James, 3 Dec 1566. Endorsed with receipt and signature in the hand of Bastien Pagez.(Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, E23/3 page 18)

Image of Vouchers of accounts of Robert Richardson, Treasurer. Warrant for some taffeta in preparation for the baptism of Prince James, 3 Dec 1566. Endorsed with receipt and signature in the hand of Bastien Pagez.(Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, E23/3 page 18)

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Image of an extract from the Receipted inventory of books, ornaments and masquing clothes delivered by Servais de Conde to the regent's servitors by his warrant, 24-25 November 1569 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, E35/10)

Image of an extract from the Receipted inventory of books, ornaments and masquing clothes delivered by Servais de Conde to the regent's servitors by his warrant, 24-25 November 1569 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, E35/10)

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Image of an extract from the minute book of the High Court of Justiciary showing part of the trial of Thomas Scott of Cambusmichaell, William Harlaw, and John for their involvement in David Rizzio’s Murder, 1 April 1566 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, JC1/13)

Image of an extract from the minute book of the High Court of Justiciary showing part of the trial of Thomas Scott of Cambusmichaell, William Harlaw, and John for their involvement in David Rizzio’s Murder, 1 April 1566 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, JC1/13)

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Image of a letter of Queen Mary to her mother the Queen Dowager commending to her the Sieur de Brosse, circa 1550 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, SP13/71)

Image of a letter of Queen Mary to her mother the Queen Dowager commending to her the Sieur de Brosse, circa 1550 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, SP13/71)

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Image of an letter from Francis to his mother-in-law, the Queen Dowager, circa April 1558 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, SP13/80)

Image of an letter from Francis to his mother-in-law, the Queen Dowager, circa April 1558 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, SP13/80)

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