10 beautiful objects linked to Mary Queen of Scots

The new Mary Queen of Scots film may bring the story of the doomed monarch to the big screen but a number of 16th Century objects held in Scotland's museums, palaces and libraries tell her story in the purest form.

Thursday, 17th January 2019, 5:17 pm
Updated Friday, 18th January 2019, 1:38 am
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Here we look at 10 items linked to Mary held by National Museum of Scotland, National Library of Scotland and the Palace of Holyrood House.

Mary took great pleasure in a magnificent jewellery collection with this 16th Century gold necklace, locket and pendant featuring a miniature of the Queen and her son James.
This gorgeous jewel was made for Lady Margaret Douglas, the Regent of Scotland and mother of Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary Queen of Scots. She was the grandmother of James VI.

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This finely decorated mid-16th Century oak cabinet is said to have belonged to Mary. It was imported from France and long preserved by the Hepburns of Smeaton, supporters of the Queen.
Thispomander is said to have belonged to Mary and would have been filled with fragranced herbs or spices and worn around the neck or belt to fend off noxious smells. It is on show at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
This brooch was given by Mary to her devoted friend and assistant Mary Seton, who is remembered for the fabulous hairstyles she gave the Queen. It is made from enamelled gold and studded with pearls and rubies.
This embroidered cat was made my Mary, a skilled needlewoman. Most of her sewing was done during her captivity in England between 1569 and 1584.
This silver crucifix mounted on a plain ebony cross was found in a bedroom at Craigmillar Castle which Mary visited.
The cameo portrait of Mary in this gold locket is one of several known to survive. The cameos were probably commissioned by Mary from France or Italy for distribution to supporters. It was made by a Scottish goldsmith.