December 8, 1542: Mary, Queen of Scots born. Six days later, she inherited the throne of Scotland. Her father, being told of her birth while on his deathbed, reportedly said of the Stewart reign, "It began with a lass, it will end with a lass." He was right -- but not in the way that he intended. (Anne of Great Britain was the last of the Stewart monarchs.)

December 8, 1542: Mary, Queen of Scots born. Six days later, she inherited the throne of Scotland. Her father, being told of her birth while on his deathbed, reportedly said of the Stewart reign, "It began with a lass, it will end with a lass." He was right -- but not in the way that he intended. (Anne of Great Britain was the last of the Stewart monarchs.)

Marie de Guise, mother of Mary Queen of Scots. Born:Nov. 22, 1515 – Died: June 1,1560. Eldest daughter of Claude of Lorraine, Duke of Guise, head of the House of Guise, and his wife Antoinette de Bourbon, herself the daughter of Francis, Count of Vendome, and Marie de Luxembourg.

Marie de Guise, mother of Mary Queen of Scots. Born:Nov. 22, 1515 – Died: June 1,1560. Eldest daughter of Claude of Lorraine, Duke of Guise, head of the House of Guise, and his wife Antoinette de Bourbon, herself the daughter of Francis, Count of Vendome, and Marie de Luxembourg.

Mary of Guise (1515 - 1560). Queen of Scotland from 1538 to her husband's death in 1542. She married James V and had one daughter.

Mary of Guise (1515 - 1560). Queen of Scotland from 1538 to her husband's death in 1542. She married James V and had one daughter.

Mary of Guise (Mother of Mary Queen of Scots) By Richard Burchett Oil on panel, 1850’s

Mary of Guise (Mother of Mary Queen of Scots) By Richard Burchett Oil on panel, 1850’s

Mary of Guise 1515–1560-Queen consort of Scotland & mother of Mary, Queen of Scots. 1st Mary married Louis II d'Orléans, Duke of Longueville. The union was happy, but brief. James V had noticed the attractions of Mary when he went to France to meet Madeleine, & Mary was next in his affections.  James's mother Margaret Tudor wrote to Henry VIII, "I trust she will prove a wise Princess. I have been much in her company, & she bears herself very honourably to me, with very good entertaining.”

Mary of Guise 1515–1560-Queen consort of Scotland & mother of Mary, Queen of Scots. 1st Mary married Louis II d'Orléans, Duke of Longueville. The union was happy, but brief. James V had noticed the attractions of Mary when he went to France to meet Madeleine, & Mary was next in his affections. James's mother Margaret Tudor wrote to Henry VIII, "I trust she will prove a wise Princess. I have been much in her company, & she bears herself very honourably to me, with very good entertaining.”

Mary Queen of Scots, aged 19, in white mourning to mark the loss of three members of her immediate family within a period of 18 months. Her father-in-law Henry II died in July 1559; her mother Mary of Guise died in Scotland in June 1560; and in December of the same year her husband Francis II died. Mary, no longer Queen of France, returned to Scotland in August 1561.

Mary Queen of Scots, aged 19, in white mourning to mark the loss of three members of her immediate family within a period of 18 months. Her father-in-law Henry II died in July 1559; her mother Mary of Guise died in Scotland in June 1560; and in December of the same year her husband Francis II died. Mary, no longer Queen of France, returned to Scotland in August 1561.

Mary of Guise and her second husband, King James V of Scotland, parents of Mary Queen of Scots.

Mary of Guise and her second husband, King James V of Scotland, parents of Mary Queen of Scots.

Mary Queen of Scots, aged 19, in white mourning to mark the loss of three members of her immediate family within a period of 18 months. Her father-in-law Henry II died in July 1559; her mother Mary of Guise died in Scotland in June 1560; and in December of the same year her husband Francis II died. Mary, no longer Queen of France, returned to Scotland in August 1561. Wearing white was the official sign of mourning worn by women of royal blood or high-ranking courtiers.

Mary Queen of Scots, aged 19, in white mourning to mark the loss of three members of her immediate family within a period of 18 months. Her father-in-law Henry II died in July 1559; her mother Mary of Guise died in Scotland in June 1560; and in December of the same year her husband Francis II died. Mary, no longer Queen of France, returned to Scotland in August 1561. Wearing white was the official sign of mourning worn by women of royal blood or high-ranking courtiers.

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