When Mary Came to Stay...

Press Release

1566 – 2016

450th Anniversary of the visit of Mary Queen of Scots to Traquair House

When Mary Came to Stay...

450 years ago in 1566 Mary Queen of Scots stayed at Traquair while on a hunting expedition in the Scottish Borders.

Invited by John Stuart, 4th Laird of Traquair who was the Captain of her Bodyguard, the house was in a state of high excitement but the visit was not to be a happy one… 

This year Traquair is celebrating the family’s close connection with Mary Queen of Scots and their loyalty to the Stuart monarchy. The house contains many treasures belonging to Mary including the bed where she slept on her visit, the cradle where she rocked her baby son, James, and her rosary and crucifix.

Through an exhibition from the archives, a contemporary art exhibition and other events there will be many opportunities to learn more about this extraordinary Queen and her tragic life.

From 1st May to 30th June there will be an exhibition of sculptures, paintings and embroideries specially created by the artist Giulia Resteghini and installed throughout the house. “Memento Mori” explores the life of Mary; her regrets, friendships, betrayals and consolations within the very walls which once echoed with her voice.

From June to September there will also be a special exhibition focussing on Mary's association with the Stuarts of Traquair which will include some rare documents signed by her that still lie in the archives.

Traquair will be offering Mary Queen of Scots' themed tours for groups and you can also stay here in one of the three luxurious bedrooms on a Bed & Breakfast basis. This year the Mary Queen of Scots Experience will offer you two nights’ bed & breakfast and dinner with a Franco Scottish theme. You will also be provided with a self-drive itinerary of the places Mary Queen of Scots visited in the Scottish Borders with suggested stop overs for delicious locally produced lunches and teas.

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