Tag Archives: Lord James Stewart

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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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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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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