Rare chance to see Mary's last letter
last letter of Mary Queen of Scots.
The last letter written by Mary Queen of Scots goes on public display for one week only from Tuesday 15 September.
Dated 1587, it is the farewell letter Mary wrote to Henri III, King of France, only six hours before she was executed. For preservation reasons, this national treasure is very rarely on show.
Visitors to the National Library of Scotland will see the letter as part of a free special exhibition marking the official opening of our new visitor facilities. Other treasures we will be exhibiting from our collections include:
- A complete Gutenberg Bible, from around 1455, one of only 20 in the world.
- The Murthly Hours medieval manuscript.
- The autobiography of Scottish philosopher David Hume.
From 22 September, we will replace the original of Mary's letter with a facsimile, which will be in place with the other treasures until mid-November.
As a result of the refurbishment, the George IV Bridge Building now offers visitors:
- A new shop and café
- Three exhibition areas
- Computers and plasma screens with collections information
- A remodelled events space.
See the opening hours page to find out when you can visit us.
10 September 2009