Mary Queen of Scots
Mary Queen of Scots House, Jedburgh
Mary Stuart, 1542-1587, Queen of Scotland and
Dowager Queen of France.
Daughter of James V of Scotland and Marie de Guise.
A short walk away from the 12th century Abbey and situated in a garden of pear trees, this house was visited by Mary in October 1566. She had come to the Borders via Traquair House to preside at local courts and stayed for four weeks, most of the time spent recovering from her arduous ride to visit her future lover, the Earl of Bothwell at Hermitage Castle.
In fact she was so exhausted that she caught a fever and nearly died from it. Later on, when held in captivity by Elizabeth I of England, she said, "Would that I had died in Jedburgh..."
The rooms in Mary Queen of Scots House contain tapestries, oil paintings, furniture, arms and armour and some of Mary's possessions, arranged in narrative sections:
- Her birth, and carefree childhood in France.
- Her return to Scotland as Queen, her stormy reign, the plots and Mary's downfall.
- Her captivity and eventual execution at Fotheringay Castle in 1587.
One of Scotlands top visitor attractions, nowhere else is the story of Mary, Queen of Scots told and interpreted so fully. Many visitors say they have been left with a profound impression of her life and the times in which she lived, and deeply touched by it.
Mary Queen of Scots House is in Queen Street, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, about 90 minutes drive South of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Usually open: March-mid November, daily, 10-5. Admission charge. Tel:01835 86331.