(Mary, Queen of Scots features briefly in Tony Thistlewood’s novel When the Time is Ripe. In the novel, she is being led to her trial in Fotheringhay Castle when our hero, Caistor Parsons, bumps into her – well, almost – actually, he was pushed!)
Scipione Vannutelli’s 1861 painting shows Mary Stuart being led to the scaffold on 8th February 1587. According to the eyewitness account of Pierre de Bourdeille (abbé de Brantome and third son of Baron de Bourdeille) Mary’s servant, Melville, accompanied her to the scaffold. However, it is unlikely to be Melville in the picture on Mary Stuart's left because he looks far too grand. It might be her jailer, Amyas Paulet, or the Earl of Shrewsbury who was in charge of the execution.
(This article is now included in my ebook 'Kings & Queens' - see below.
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Snapshot Bio of Mary, Queen of Scots
Date of Birth:
Places in England where Mary Stuart was held captive:
After escaping from Loch Leven Castle, Mary arrived in Carlisle expecting that her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, would help her to reclaim her throne. It was not to be. Mary was held in Carlisle Castle from 18th May to 13th July 1568 under the watchful eye of Sir Francis Knollys.
Carlisle Castle is now the headquarters of the
King’s Own Royal Border Regiment.
On 13th July 1568, Mary was moved from Carlisle to the 9th Baron Scrope’s Bolton Castle simply because that castle was further from the Scottish border. And there she stayed for the next six months still guarded by Sir Francis Knollys.
Bolton Castle, which is situated on the northern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, is open to the public during the spring and summer months.
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