1567: She abdicates in favour of son, 1 – nation under Moray’s protection

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Mary, Queen of Scots, endured a turbulent life at the centre of a series of political and religious intrigues.

She’d married the Earl of Bothwell in the mistaken belief the nobles of her kingdom supported the move – but if they did, they soon changed their minds.

Queen and ex-allies met on either side of a battlefield at Carberry Hill. Conflict was avoided when Mary agreed to give in to the nobles’ demands. But instead of being allowed to go free she was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle.

There she resigned the throne in favour of her young son, James VI. She escaped two years later and fled to England in the belief Queen Elizabeth would assist her; but instead she spent the rest of her life in prison.