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Blue Valentine


Mary Queen of Scots

Are you having a disappointing Valentines Day? Spare a thought for poet Pierre de Bocosel de Châtelard. Having fallen in love with Mary Queen of Scots after meeting her in 1561, Châtelard twice tried to secure the young queen’s affection – once by hiding under her bed as she stayed at Rossend Castle, then again by bursting unannounced into her bedchamber at St Andrews. Far from being won over by his enthusiasm, Mary had him tried for treason. His defence, alas, was unconvincing. The first intrusion, he explained, had been prompted by a sudden need to sleep; the second had merely been an attempt to explain the first. He was executed on September 22. And the date of that first indiscretion? February 14th…

Find out more about Mary Queen of Scots and follow in her footsteps here.


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Ali George

Ali works in the Communications Team helping to tell the many stories of Historic Scotland to visitors, members of the media and anyone else who is interested!

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