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Feb 8

Death of Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots
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Mary Stewart
portrait by François Clouet, 1553
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"En ma fin git mon commencement (In my end is my beginning)" ~ The motto embroidered in Mary's Cloth of Estate during her imprisonment in England

Mary Queen of Scots was executed this day, Feb 8, 1587. Mary may have drawn her inspiration from the emblem adopted by her grandfather-in-law, François I of France: the salamander. The Salamander was believed to self-ignite at the end of its life, then rise up from the ashes re-born.

Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots (8 December 1542 – 8 February 1587), reigned over Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567.

This tartan was designed by Kelly M Stewart to honour Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots. The arrangement of the tartan was inspired by the Prince Charles Edward Stewart tartan. It was designed with a pinkish-coloured background in recognition of the pink and red roses that the Scottish Queen reportedly loved and had planted around Holyrood Palace while she was in residence there.

Two rose species are sometimes referred to as "Scotch" roses.   There are several varieties of Scotch roses named for her.

For an article on Scotch roses of yesterday and today by Peter D. A. Boyd, click the portrait of Mary from 1553, by François Clouet.