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Mary Queen of Scots
The portrait of Mary Queen of Scots is a copy of the original by Rowland Lockey. This copy is thought to have been produced around 1894.
Mary Queen of Scots was the daughter of James V and Mary of Guise. Mary married three times and Lord Darnley, who was born at Temple Newsam, was Mary's second husband.
How do we know she was rich?
Looking at the portrait we can see the dark clothing that Mary is wearing. She also has a long veil covering her hair which is edged in lace along with the cuffs on her sleeves. The ruff around her neck is large and made from lace. If you look closely at this picture you can see several signs that Mary was trying to show that she was a religious woman. There is a crucifix around her neck and a rosary in her hand. She wanted the Scottish people to trust her in looking after the Church and promoting Catholicism.
Lord Darnley, who was married to Mary Queen of Scots, is thought to have murdered Mary's friend Rizzio. Darnley was not liked by many people and soon after was found murdered. There are many suspects, including Mary Queen of Scots. Mary Queen of Scots was put on trial for the murder of her husband but no verdict was given. She was then put on a series of trials for plotting to kill Queen Elizabeth I, who was her cousin, before she was finally beheaded at the age of 44.