Mary, Queen of Scots

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Sir William Allan

The Murder of David Rizzio
1833

Soon after their marriage Mary discovered that Darnley was not the ideal husband after all. He was arrogant, impulsive and vain, and his struggles for personal power created instability in an already fragile political situation. Mary stopped short of giving him the highest honour, the ‘crown matrimonial’, which would have made Darnley king even after Mary’s death. This infuriated Darnley who even tried to convince Parliament to crown him without his wife’s approval.

Mary was beginning to spend more time with her private secretary, the Italian musician David Rizzio. Jealous of their friendship, Darnley conspired against Mary, and on 9 March 1566, together with a group of Lords, he barged into Mary’s private apartments in Holyrood Palace. Rizzio was stabbed to death in a frenzied attack.

  • Credits Presented by the 3rd Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal 1927
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 102.50 x 163.30 cm (framed: 150.80 x 209.80 x 13.00 cm)

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Mary was active and enjoyed golf and horse riding. It is noted that she would dress up as a stable boy and escape on horseback to the Edinburgh streets and public houses at night.