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Make your Mother’s Day at Stirling Castle

14 March 2012

Come to Stirling Castle on Mothering Sunday, 18th March, when Mary of Guise, mother of Mary, Queen of Scots, will be in residence with her ladies of the court.

Find out what life would have been like in the Royal Palace at that time for mothers and daughters.

Young courtiers will have the opportunity to make lavender bags for their mothers, just as children of the palace did at that time.  They will also have the chance to try on some renaissance outfits from the 1540’s.

Iona Leishman, Stirling Castle’s artist-in-residence, will be available in her artist’s studio from 10:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday for drop-in Mother’s Day card making sessions to help children make their mother a special and unique card.

Gillian Macdonald, Executive Manager of Stirling Castle said:  “Stirling Castle is the perfect venue for Mothering Sunday, especially as this is where Mary of Guise, one of the most famous mothers in Scottish history looked after her infant daughter, Mary Queen of Scots.”   

Don’t worry if you have left it to the last minute to buy a gift for Mother’s Day, as there is a range of quality palace inspired gifts in the palace gift shop from contemporary Scottish designers Gillian Kyle, Sheila Fleet, Harris Tweed and Scott Innes including  jewellery, luxury soaps, retro style aprons and designer bags.

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Jennifer Johnston-Watt
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