Monthly Archives: May 2015

1560 – 1561: First Meetings With Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary At Sea With the death of Mary of Guise, Bothwell now had no powerful friends in Scotland, so it was extremely important that he win favour with his Queen, who was married to Francois II of France. When he … Continue reading

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1560 – The Anna Throndsen Affair

Anna Throndsen (also referred to as Anna Trond, Anna Trondsen or Anna Rustung) was the daughter of Kristoffer Throndsen and his wife Karine. They had eight children and so Anna was able to get away with doing pretty much as … Continue reading

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Hailes Castle

Hailes Castle Hailes Castle is located a mile and a half south west of East Linton in an East Lothian valley on the south bank of the River Tyne – it is easily visible from the A1, on the left … Continue reading

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1559-1560: The End of Mary of Guise’s Regency

Mary of Guise Once the Lords of the Congregation had retreated to Stirling, the Queen Regent marched back into Edinburgh. Her army consisted of three thousand Frenchmen, a number of Scots and even a few English mercenaries. The lords who … Continue reading

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1556-1559: First Love, First Allegiances, First Enemies

Kevin McKidd as Bothwell in ‘Gunpowder, Treason and Plot’ In 1556, aged twenty-one, James Hepburn inherited the Earldom of Bothwell along with the offices and duties of Sheriff of Berwick, Haddington and Edinburgh; of Bailie in Lauderdale (with the castles … Continue reading

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The Early Life of James Patrick Hepburn

James Hepburn was most likely born in 1535. This date is fixed by the facts that he needed to be over twenty-one when he succeeded to his father’s title in Autumn 1556, and he was ‘twenty-four or about’ when he … Continue reading

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