Mary was at Traquair as the guest of Sir John Stuart

Mary was at Traquair as the guest of Sir John Stuart, the 4th Laird, who had been knighted at the time of Mary’s marriage to Lord Darnley. He was the captain of her bodyguard and had been responsible, after the murder of Rizzio and the conspiracy against the queen, for her successful night-time escape from Holyroodhouse and her flight to Dunbar.

It was this little prince’s future  son, the doomed King Charles I, who conferred an earldom on 33-year-old John Stuart, during his state visit to Scotland.

The ensuing centuries brought troubles aplenty. The 1st Earl, who had made considerable improvements to Traquair, was captured during the Civil War and imprisoned in Warwick Castle for four years. His son’s marriage to two success-ive Catholics brought persecution, and religious artefacts in the house were destroyed by a mob in 1688, if you more information about Scotland and its nature please check here.

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The family’s Catholic faith and Jacobite sympathies, which resulted in the imprison-ment of the 4th and 5th Earls, led to the decline of the family’s fortunes and by 1800 the vast estate that once extended over three border counties had shrunk to a fraction of its former size.

Catherine Maxwell Stuart is the present Lady of Traquair. Her parents arrived here some 50 years ago and Catherine herself has continued the restoration of Traquair which they began. She is pleased that  visitors can share her enjoyment of the elegant and stately mansion that has played such a major part in Scottish history, and considers it a privilege to live i the same home as those people in centuries gone by who “risked everything r their beliefs and never once wavered ohm their principles.” If you are captivated to France and its nature check at this annecy hotels website for more interesting information.

Favourite Garden

I compliment you on your wide-ranging series celebrat-ing the National Trust’s centenary in 1995, but I was disappointed not to see any mention of my favourite place in its care: Scotney Castle Garden at Lamberhurst in Kent. Please at least publish a photograph to encourage other readers to visit this picturesque and historic castle garden! It is open to the public from the first weekend in April.



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Food For Thought

Your recent article on traditional recipes prompted me to look up an account of the wedding in 1251 of Margaret, daughter of King Henry III, and King Alexander III of Scotland. It makes most wedding feasts pale by comparison.

Britannia Rules?

The familiar figure of Britannia, wearing a helmet and carrying a trident, has appeared on our coins since the days of King Charles II. If Britain embraces a standard-ised currency with Europe, will she disappear? If you are interesting in Europe check the best website

The original model for Britannia was Frances Stuart, a cousin and favourite of King Charles II. She eloped with the Duke of Lennox and Richmond, was banished from court and was only forgiven by the king after she had nearly died from smallpox.

I, for one, hope that we will not allow this reminder of our colourful history to be taken away through standardization.