Letter from Mary Queen of Scots to be auctioned (continued…)
Cathy Marsden, rare books, manuscripts and maps expert at Lyon & Turnbull, said: “It’s very rare that a document with Mary’s handwriting goes up for auction. It’s very rare to get a handwritten letter. This is pretty special.”
“There were 12 lines written by a secretary, and (one) more six lines written by Mary herself. The letter was signed, ‘Votre bien bonne amye, Marie’, which means ‘Your very good friend, Mary’ “.
“Given the unique position in Mary’s history, we anticipate a lot of interest in this sale.”
The letter asked the French Ambassador to Queen Elizabeth I to lend it to George Douglas, who brought 300 ecus (gold coins), and negotiate with the French royal family to ensure George had a trouble-free passage.
Mary’s escape from Lochleven was helped by George Douglas and his cousin, William Douglas.
She came to England to seek refuge from her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, but was captured by Richard Lowther, the deputy governor of Cumberland, and taken to Carlisle Castle.
Mary was imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth I for 19 years before she was beheaded in Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire on 8 February 1587 at the age of 44.
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