EARTHQUAKE IN SHEFFIELD WHILE MARY WAS A PRISONER AT THE ENGLISH CASTLE IN 1574
In a letter to Queen Elizabeth, the Earl of Shrewsbury told of an earthquake. “He mentions that the walls of his old castle had been shaken by an earthquake. Two or three shocks were felt in this island in the reign of Elizabeth. The apartments occupied by the Queen of Scots were those most shaken by it; and she was much alarmed. ‘My lady where thee hath bene often brutes of this lades’ escape from me; the xxvi of febrary last there cam an earthequake, whyche so sunke chefely hur chambar, as I doubted more hur faleng than hur goinge, she was so afrede; but God be thanked, she is forth cumying; and grante it may be a forwarnyng unto hur.'” * (History of Sheffield, 1869, J.A. Hunter, p.92)
* TRANSLATION: “My lady where you have been often concerned of this lady’s escape from me, the 24th of february last there came an earthquake, which so sunk chiefly her chamber, as I worried more about her falling than her escaping, she was so afraid; but God be thanked, she is alright; and grant it may be a forewarning to her.”
THE LIBRARY OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS When Mary arrived in Scotland from France, among her possessions was her library of books. There were history books, books in Latin and Greek, poetry books, political books and romances. One such romance called “ANE ARREST MEMORABLE OF THE SENEIT OF TULLOSE”, is the story of the soldier Martin Guerre. Even though this was an interesting story in the 16th Century it still retains its interest today. Just think, here is a book that Mary Queen of Scots read hundreds of years ago and a movie was made of the story in the 20th Century. The movie was called THE RETURN OF MARTIN GUERRE. (For a list of books that Mary brought with her from France please see The Library of Mary Queen of Scots, Julian Sharman,1889)
PETITION FOR SAINTHOOD In the Secret Archives of the Vatican is the still open file for the canonization of Mary Queen of Scots. Apparently, the process was left unfinished but the file still remains open. The first volume of the process describing Mary’s virtues is printed on ivory parchment and lined with soft blue silk. There are many seals of blood-red wax attached. On the first page is a cross of pink ribbon, with a seal at the end of each arm. Much of the supporting evidence presented comes from the Secret Archives, and was discovered by a Scottish archivist searching for documents relating to British history of the Elizabethan period. (Vatican Secret Archives)
MARY AND GOLF Mary’s love for sports is well known. As well as enjoying hawking, riding, hunting and archery, she played golf. Its alleged that the origin of the word ‘caddy’ came from Mary’s use of the French word ‘cadet’. She stayed for several months in the town of St. Andrews in the year 1562. “There is a tradition that the queen yielded to the inevitable spell of the place, and played golf. It may very well be believed for it is certain that she used to play at Edinburgh.” (The Early Days of Sports. No.11 Golf, A. Forester, ca 1928)
DARNLEY AND HEPBURN MARRIAGE CURIOSITY
Mary married the sons of the two men who courted her mother Marie de Guise. Darnley’s father the Earl of Lennox and Hepburn’s father the Earl of Bothwell were both suitors for Marie’s hand in marriage.