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.
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.
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.