Mary, Queen of Scots is one of the most famous yet enigmatic figures in Scottish history. Our collection contains a rich selection of objects associated with Mary. Explore her dramatic story and separate out the facts from the myths that have built up around her.
Mqs Locket

Objects associated with Mary, Queen of Scots

The life and death of Mary, Queen of Scots has given rise to countless stories and legends over the years. In our collection we have many items that have been linked to the famous Queen, but is this association fact or myth?
Queen Mary Harp

Queen Mary harp

This harp, or clarsach, is a superlative example of medieval West Highland art, and is said to have been a gift from Mary, Queen of Scots.
Letter to the Laird of Smeaton from Mary, Queen of Scots

Letter from Mary, Queen of Scots to the Laird of Smeaton

Hear a letter written by Mary, Queen of Scots read in a 16th century accent that the Queen may have had, with influences from French and Scots.
Mary, Queen of Scots © Blairs Museum Trust

Who was Mary, Queen of Scots?

Arguably the most famous and controversial figure in Scottish history, Mary Stewart has become something of an enigma. Intrigue and romance have often obscured the hard facts of her life and reign.
Mqs Pendant

Life and Deathline of Mary, Queen of Scots

Crowned Queen of Scots at just nine months old; married, crowned Queen Consort of France and widowed all by the time she was 18 years old: Mary Stewart's life was nothing if not eventful.