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Posthumous portrait of Mary Queen of Scots

The chambers at Holyrood are filled with items associated with Mary

Alexander Fraser (1828-99)

Mary, Queen of Scots' Bedroom, Palace of Holyroodhouse 1884?

Oil on canvas | 71.2 x 91.6 x 2.2 cm | RCIN 403239

Mary, Queen of Scots' Outer Chamber, Palace of Holyroodhouse

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This painting shows the Queen’s Bed Chamber, purportedly as it was when occupied by Mary, Queen of Scots.

Popular belief in the eighteenth century was that the queen's rooms had been preserved exactly as they were on the night of David Rizzio's murder on 9 March 1566. From as early as the second half of the eighteenth century, fascination with Mary's dramatically doomed reign sent visitors flocking to the site.  In 1760, Elizabeth, Baroness Percy visited the palace and wrote in her diary:

I went also to see Mary Queen of Scots' Bedchamber (a very small one it is) from whence David Rizzio was drag'd out and stab'd in the ante room where is some of his Blood which they can't get wash'd out.

Elizabeth, Baroness Percy