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Mary Queen of Scots

Inverness Castle and Mary, Queen of Scots

In 1562, Mary, Queen of Scots visited Inverness Castle – or rather she tried to. On 9 September the gates of the castle were closed to her by Alexander Gordon on the order of the 4th Earl of Huntly. Subsequently, Mary’s supported besieged the castle for three days until it finally fell. Alexander Gordon was [read more]

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Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg’s last message

In August 1831, Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg – the mother of Queen Victoria’s future husband Prince Albert – was dying. Her marriage to Albert’s father had ended in divorce in 1826 after she had allegedly committed adultery with Lieutenant Alexander von Haustein, who was created Count Pölzig when they married later that same year. Ernst [read more]