Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots

A remarkable piece of Scottish history goes on show next week when the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots is put on public display.

The special showing takes place at the National Library of Scotland from 10.00-16.00 on Wednesday 8 February — the 430th anniversary of Mary's execution.

Written only six hours before her death, the letter shows Mary believed she was dying a religious martyr because of her Catholic faith.

Written in French, the letter is one of the Library's great treasures for preservation reasons is very rarely put on display. It was last shown in public in 2009 when it proved extremely popular — with queues forming to see it.

This is a rare opportunity to view a little-seen piece of Scotland's history. The free display takes place in the Library's Boardroom at George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.

See also our Mary Queen of Scots media release

1 February 2017