Thursday, July 29, 2010
Mary Queen of Scots Marries Lord Darnley
Walter Scott refers to Lord Darnley, Henry Stuart, several times in "The Abbot", as above. The story line of "The Abbot" however, begins with Mary's imprisonment at Lochleven Castle, long after Darnley's murder, and Mary's subsequent marriage to Bothwell.
Mary and Henry's wedding took place on July 29, 1565. It was an ill-fated union, though it did produce an heir, James VI of Scotland/James I of England and Ireland. The marriage ended less than two years after it began, with Darnley's murder on February 10, 1567.