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A CACHE of 40 unpublished letters written to an English nobleman guarding Mary Queen of Scots, including four signed by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, shed new light on the last years of her imprisonment and should be purchased for a national collection, a leading scholar said last night.
THE last letter written by Mary Queen of Scots is to go on display for the first time in 30 years.
DEEP in an archive, more than two dozen letters written by Mary, Queen of Scots, lie largely unseen for centuries.
A LOCK of hair belonging to Mary Queen of Scots was snapped up for a whopping £7200.
TOP Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson could be heading to West Lothian to film her latest movie.
A MUSEUM-quality letter written by Mary Queen of Scots has been lost to the United States after being sold to a collector in an internet auction.
ITS priceless contents are viewed as key to Scotland's rich heritage, but fears that the treasures of the Palace of Holyroodhouse could be lost to a fire fuelled a £3.5 million renovation project.
THE First Minister has been urged to throw his weight behind a campaign to bring home the remains of a Scottish patriot who died in a foreign jail.
A STRANGE light is swirling in the dark rain-filled sky above Hailes Castle. Beneath it, four shadowy figures emerge through the gloom next to a ruined tower, their faces obscured in the dark of the night.
IT HAS all the elements of a best-seller – a Scots-born, French-speaking queen, held prisoner by her powerful English cousin, becomes entangled in a secret plot to dethrone her captor. In her despair she communicates with her supporters with a series of letters written in an elaborate, encrypted code.
THERE's something about Mary that Hollywood just can't keep away from.
"A SCOT, WHEREVER HE MAY BE, HAS always at least one moment of the day when he leans against the nearest object and thinks about her." So claimed celebrated Scottish author JM Barrie when discussing Mary Queen of Scots in 1928. This tendency, he mischievously declared, was the principal difference between a Scotsman and his English "friendly brother".
DISTINGUISHING true portraits of Mary, Queen of Scots from the countless copies made after her death is a challenge for art historians. But the National Portrait Gallery in London yesterday declared a small portrait of Scotland's doomed Queen one of only two oils likely to have been painted in her lifetime.
SEA of Souls actress Siobhan Redmond is to star in a play about Mary Queen of Scots set to come to the Capital in the autumn.
BY WINTER 1565 Mary, Queen of Scots had been back home in her capital Edinburgh for just over four years. Having rid herself of the rule of her obnoxious elder half-brother, James Earl of Moray, she now reigned with the aid of a strange assortment of advisers. They included George Earl of Huntley, James Earl of Bothwell, and a person who was increasingly influential behind the scene, the exotic Italian singer David Rizzio.
ACADEMICS have criticised the author of a controversial study of Mary Queen of Scots for thanking them in print for helping with a book that they said they knew nothing about.
IT'S WEDNESDAY, AND somewhere near you, an "entirely new" assessment of Mary Queen of Scots is sure to be taking place.
THE acclaimed play by Liz Lochhead, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, is on at the St Bride's Centre, Dalry, tonight.