Was My Field Research on the Queen and the Four Marys Just a Boondoggle?

I’m back home, after an excruciatingly long flight from Scotland that involved at least eight hours of flight delays.  I was sorry we picked the day I returned to bring home our new puppy, [...]

Last day castle-hopping—Callendar House, Linlithgow Palace and Lennoxlove

I made a last minute itinerary change and instead of heading into Banffshire to Portsoy to see the old castle where Mary Beaton and Alexander Ogilvy of Boyne would have lived, I decided to stay [...]

Dunfermline Abbey-Beginning of the End of Queen Mary’s Happiness?

Somehow, I feel every blog post should start with a commentary about the weather, because in some ways it does drive the sight-seeing experience.  So today, I am happy to report it was a bit [...]

Tabloid Scandal of 1566–Queen Mary’s Jaunt to Hermitage from Jedburgh

There is a scene in the 1971 film Mary, Queen of Scots (starring Vanessa Redgrave as Mary and Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I) where she is at Hermitage Castle (if memory serves) with Bothwell, and [...]

Historic St. Andrews; Queen Mary’s Great Escape from Loch Leven

It was a beautiful day for a drive, so I took the Fife Coast Road up through Dysart, East Wemyss up to historic St. Andrews.  Bit ashamed to admit this was my fourth visit to St. Andrews—I am [...]

Rossend, Scene of Mary, Queen of Scots Scandal with Chastelard and Falkland Palace, Her Favorite Hunting Lodge

Today I took up my itinerary with a vengeance—planning to visit Burntisland, Falkland and St. Andrews in a day and spend a couple of hours with my dad’s Aunt Lena.  It did not work out that [...]

I’m Sure Mary Queen of Scots Stayed in Kinghorn Too…

We had a near-perfect spring day here yesterday in bonny Fife, with sparkling sunshine and crisp breeze.  I woke up to a perfect view of Inchkeith and could see up and down the Firth of Forth to [...]

On Mary Stuart’s Return to Scotland (and mine)

Mary, Queen of Scots sailed into Leith Harbor on 19 August 1561, returning to her native Scotland after 13 years in France. She was just 19 years old.  One year earlier she’d been Queen of [...]