Perthshire Scotland > History > Mary Queen of Scots

Blair CastleMary Queen of Scots was born in 1542 and was murdered on the orders of Elizabeth of England in 1587. She ruled Scotland from 1542 to 1567 and had many associations late in her reign with Perthshire.

Mary Queen of Scots stayed at Blair Castle just north of Pitlochry in 1564.

Mary visited Huntingtower Castle in 1565 while on honeymoon with Darnley.

She stayed at the Drummond Castle in 1565, by then seat of the Drummond Earl of Perth, and often hunted with Darnley in the Royal forests in Glen Artney, south of Comrie. This later inspired Sir Walter Scott to use Glen Artney in The Lady of the Lake.

Loch Leven Castle, on an island in Loch Leven by Kinross, is best known for being the prison of Mary Queen of Scots from 1567-8 after the Battle of Carberry. Mary escaped when young William Douglas locked everyone else in the Great Hall and threw the keys of the castle into Loch Leven. Those same keys were found 300 years later!

Mary used Doune Castle as a base and forces loyal to her held the castle until 1570.

 

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