February 8, 1487: Mary, Queen of Scots, executed. "I forgive you with all my heart, for now, I hope, you shall make an end to all my troubles," Mary told the executioner. His first blow missed her neck altogether. The second struck her neck, but didn't cut through -- he had to saw through to finish the job. When he held her head aloft by the hair, her wig came off and her head rolled to the ground. Then, a bloody little Skye terrier emerged from her skirts, and refused to leave his mistress.
The death mask of Mary Queen of Scots. She was condemned by her cousin Elizabeth for treason and beheaded in 1587 at the age of forty-four. The mask has been kept by the family since then. Lennoxlove Castle, the home of the Duke of Hamilton.