Margaret Stewart

Linlithgow Palace – The Birth of a Queen

Linlithgow Palace began its life as a fortification known as “the Peel”, which had been built in the 14th century by occupying English forces. In 1424, the entire town of Linlithgow was partially destroyed by fire and the rebuilding of the palace was begun by King James I. The following century additions were made by [read more]

Margaret of Wessex

Edinburgh Castle – The Maidens’ Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of Edinburgh from the Castle Rock. A royal castle has stood on this site since at least the 12th century. It has been alternatively known as the Maidens’ Castle until the 16th century. Due to its strategic location, it was involved in quite a few conflicts. The oldest building on [read more]

mary guise
Mary of Guise

Queens Regent – Mary of Guise

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Mary was born on 22 November 1515 as the daughter of Claude, Duke of Guise and Antoinette of Bourbon. Her first marriage was to Louis II, Duke of Longueville in 1534. They had two sons [read more]