Mary, Queen of Scots

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Robert Herdman

Mary, Queen of Scots: The Farewell to France
1867

After the death of her husband, Mary lost her title as queen of France and decided to return to Scotland. She arrived at the port of Leith on 19 August 1561 and although she was the Scottish monarch, she found her circumstances had dramatically changed.

In her absence a political revolution had taken place - Scotland’s parliament was now firmly Protestant. Mary, a Roman Catholic, found herself under attack from the Protestant leader, John Knox, and his followers. Yet she negotiated a compromise by maintaining the religious ‘status quo’ and appointed a number of moderate Protestants as her advisors.

  • Credits Bequest of Miss Mary Beatrice Maude Herdman 1995
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 91.80 x 71.40 cm (framed: 112.00 x 92.00 x 8.10 cm)

Did you know?

Of the numerous portraits of Mary, Queen of Scots, only a handful were painted during her lifetime and none were rendered in Scotland.