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1562 – 1563: From One Imprisonment to Another

Mary and Bothwell Despite the best efforts of his great-uncle Patrick, Bothwell was imprisoned in Edinburgh for four months. Lord James took advantage of his absence to journey to Hawick, where he arrested fifty three men loyal to Bothwell, drowning … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘England Under The Tudors’ by GR Elton

Reading this book certainly enlightened me, if only on one point. At last I understand why so many people who love the Tudors, and are apparently historically well-read, hate Mary Queen of Scots. This book is universally recommended on Tudor … Continue reading

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1562 – Mary, Queen of Scots Acts Plain Stupid

Mary Queen of Scots just couldn’t let go of the feud between Arran and Bothwell, even though by this time it was patently obvious to everyone that Arran was utterly barking mad. Bothwell was persuaded, and Arran ordered, to sign … Continue reading

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1561: Reversals of Fortune

Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots Only when Mary was back in Scotland did Bothwell realise how much his enemies had influenced her. His Lieutenancy of the Borders was given to Lord James Stewart, Mary’s half brother, and the promised command … Continue reading

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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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