"the bed, too short and too broad, where Mary Queen of Scots had slept"
Mary Queen of Scots (1578)
Public DomainMary Queen of Scots (1578) - Credit: Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619)

Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), was the daughter of James V of Scotland. She reigned as Queen of Scotland between 1542 and 1567, and was briefly Queen consort in France following her marriage to Francis II.

A devout Roman Catholic, Mary's life was turbulent and troubled. In 1567, she was forced to abdicate the Scottish throne. She was later arrested in England by her cousin Queen Elizabeth I and, after 19 years of imprisonment, executed for treason.

Her Scottish home was the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where it is possible to visit Mary's private chambers and see the bed given to her by her second husband, Henry Stuart,  Lord Darnley.

Today, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of the British monarch.

Mary Queen of Scots' bedchamber at Holyrood
GNU Free Documentation LicenseMary Queen of Scots' bedchamber at Holyrood - Credit: Kjetil Bjørnsrud, Wikimedia Commons