Mary, Queen of Scots

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William Craig Shirreff

Mary, Queen of Scots Escaping from Lochleven Castle
1805

Mary was now a prisoner of the rebel Lords. She was taken to the castle of Loch Leven, situated on an island in the middle of the loch. Meanwhile the Lords spread the story that Mary and Bothwell had been lovers before Darnley’s death, and that they had conspired to murder him in order to marry. Though the evidence was extremely thin, public opinion was turning against Mary. She was forced to abdicate in favour of her infant son and to authorise her brother, the Earl of Moray, to reign in his place.

Mary was weakened after a miscarriage, but she was not defeated. On 2 May 1568 she escaped from the island in a boat rowed by a castle page boy. He had been hired by her loyal supporters, who met Mary on the shore and escorted her to safety.

  • Credits Presented by Mrs Fairgrieve 1963
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 77.20 x 92.40 cm (framed: 86.80 x 102.50 x 6.20 cm)