Call for a public statue of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Campaigners have called for a life-size public statue of Mary, Queen of Scots to be erected in Scotland.

The Marie Stuart Society wants to raise about £100,000 for a full-size bronze statue of Mary, possibly at her birthplace of Linlithgow Palace.

The 200-member society said Mary’s tale of murder and intrigue had made her famous across the globe, but she still does not have an official statue.

A bid to erect a statue to her outside the Scottish Parliament was thrown out in 2008.

The society wanted to erect a life-size bronze statue of the 16th century monarch near the ponds in front of the parliament building.

But the cross-party Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body said it would not fit in.

Society resident Margaret Lumsdaine said today: “As far as I am aware there is no official statue to the Queen in Scotland. There is one in the garden of a museum in Linlithgow and there is a small statuette on the Scott Monument in Princes Street Gardens.

“Strangely enough, there is one above a house in Fleet Street, London and another one in the back porch of Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.”

Mary Queen of Scots is referred to in a plaque at the entrance to the City Chambers’ quadrangle. It marks the lodgings of Sir Simon Preston of Craigmillar, the Provost of Edinburgh in 1567, where Mary spent her last night before being taken state prisoner.

Adrian Cox, cultural resources advisor at Historic Scotland, said: “Historic 
Scotland welcomes every year about 50,000 visitors to Linlithgow Palace. And lots of them come here because of that connection with the Stuart dynasty and Mary, Queen of Scots.”

National Museums Scotland is preparing to stage a major exhibition on Mary’s life.

David Forsyth, a senior curator of Scottish history, said: “I think Mary’s personality is huge – she was a reigningwoman monarch in a period when men still dominated the scene.