Thursday, 17 September 2009

Mary Queen of Scots’ last letter on display

by Kathryn Hadley

Mary Queen of Scots’ last letter, dated 1587, went on display in the George Bridge Building at the National Library of Scotland on Tuesday, September 15th, to mark the official launch of the library’s new visitor centre. The 422-year-old manuscript is the farewell letter which Mary wrote to Henri III, King of France, just six hours before she was executed. The letter will remain on show until Monday 21st September. It will thereafter be replaced by a facsimile.

Eleven other treasures are also on display in the new visitor centre, including a copy of the Gutenberg Bible, one of the first books ever printed with moveable type, the manuscript autobiography of David Hume and the Forman Armorial, a reference book depicting coats of arms compiled around 1562. These exhibits will remain on display until November 8th.

For further information visit,

George IV Bridge Building
National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1EW
Picture: Mary Queen of Scots' execution warrant

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