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Last letter of Mary, Queen of Scots. In her last letter, Mary claims that she is being persecuted solely for her faith and for her rights to the English throne. She asks Henri to take care of her servants. Her letter was handed to Bourgoing, her personal physician, and conveyed to the French king. It later passed into the hands of the Scots College in Paris and was bought by the Advocates Library (the precursor of the National Library of Scotland) in 1918.

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In pictures: Mary, Queen of Scots

Death Warrant for Mary, Queen of Scots, signed by Elizabeth I

Letters of Note: last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, written just 6 hours before her execution on February 8, 1587 (full view, French transcript, and English translation included)

All royals family tree - family tree showing everybody on the throne of England from William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II

Mary Queen of Scots was born in this room... one of the RARE photos taken by a visitor. Photos are not allowed in almost all the rooms, due to the flash that deteriorates the paintings and wall hangings.

The Seton Watch was made for Mary Queen of Scots in the late 1500s. It has a silver engraved case and a small bell that strikes on the hour. The jaw drops down to reveal the watch face. The original movement was replaced about 200 years ago, but otherwise still has the overall appearance it would had when it was new over 400 years ago.

A letter by Queen Elizabeth I expressing her outrage at the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots

Arthur, Margaret, Henry, and Mary Tudor. The surviving children of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Prince of Wales, Queen of Scotland, King of England, and Queen of France.

Letter from Robert Dudley to Elizabeth I. shortly before his death. This letter was found in a small chest of Elizabeth's cherished keepsakes. She had written upon it, 'his last letter'.

Letter from Elizabeth to Edward VI-EXCERPT: Probably written in 1553, when the future Queen of England was 20 years old, Elizabeth’s letter reveals the personal costs behind the power struggles of the troubled Tudor dynasty. She tells her young half-brother, Edward VI, how she had tried to visit him during what would prove his final illness, but had been turned away.