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10 February 1567 – Murder of Lord Darnley, Husband of Mary Queen of Scots

| February 10, 2012

At 2am on the 10th February 1567, Kirk o’Field, the house where Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, was lodging, was blown to smithereens by an explosion which could be heard throughout the city of Edinburgh. Lord Darnley was killed, but his body was not found in the rubble, it was found in a neighbouring garden with […]

20 June 1567 – The Casket Letters Discovered

| June 20, 2011

On the 20th June 1567, a few days after Scottish rebels apprehended Mary Queen of Scots, servants of James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, allegedly found a silver casket of eight letters, two marriage contracts (which apparently proved that Mary had agreed to marry Bothwell before his divorce) and twelve sonnets in the possession of […]

The Murder of David Rizzio – 9 March 1566

| March 9, 2011

On this day in history, 9th March 1566, David Rizzio, the private secretary of Mary Queen of Scots was assassinated in front of Mary, who was heavily pregnant. But who was David Rizzio and what led to his murder? David Rizzio John Guy, historian and author of “My Heart is My Own: The Life of […]

Lord Darnley is Murdered – 10th February 1567

| February 10, 2011

On this day, 10th February 1567, Henry, Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots, was murdered at Kirk o’Field on the Royal Mile in Edinbugh. His house had been blown to smithereens by an explosion, but it seems that Darnley had already been dead and the explosion was to cover up his murder. You […]

Mary Queen of Scots Marries Lord Darnley

| July 29, 2010

On this day in history, the 29th July 1565, Elizabeth I’s nemesis, Mary Queen of Scots, married Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, at Holyrood Palace (the Palace of Holyroodhouse), Edinburgh. Let’s celebrate their union by giving some facts about the happy couple:- The Bride – Mary Queen of Scots Birth: Mary, Queen of Scots, also known […]

The Murder of Lord Darnley

| February 10, 2010

On this day in history, the 10th February 1567, Lord Darnley was murdered at Kirk o’ Field, Edinburgh, in the Royal Mile, just a few hundred yards from Holyrood House where his wife, Mary Queen of Scots, and baby son, the future James VI/I, were staying. Henry, Lord Darnley, had been lodging at Kirk o’ […]