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 supporters besieged the castle for three days until it finally fell. Alexander Gordon was [read more]

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]

Anne of Demark

Stirling Castle – Crowning Glory

Stirling Castle is one of the largest castles in Scotland and sits atop Castle Hill in Stirling, about an hour away from Edinburgh. It was one of the most uses Scottish royal residences and several Kings and Queens have been crowned there, including Mary, Queen of Scots. The first record dates from 1110 when King [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]

Margaret of Denmark

Margaret of Denmark – Queen of Scots

Margaret of Denmark was born on 23 June 1456 as the daughter of Christian I, King of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and Dorothea of Brandenburg. She had been named after Queen Margaret I, who had ruled Denmark, Norway and Sweden in her own right. There is very little information on Margaret’s youth. In 1468, the Scottish embassy to Denmark [read more]