Mary, Queen of Scots - BAD JUDGMENT and ABDICATION

Gavin Hamilton (1723–1798) created this painting, “The Abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots.” The original is maintained at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow.


Elizabeth I used Darnley's murder to further her own purposes: to discredit Mary who, with Darnley's death, was now heir to the English throne. Even after the inquiry was over, without specific findings of fact and no determination of Mary's guilt, Elizabeth thought her cousin may have been involved in Darnley's death.

To make matters worse for herself, Mary refused to listen to her advisors who urged her not to marry Bothwell. Instead of tending to affairs of state and raising her son - the future James VI of Scotland - Mary put her heart first. She married Bothwell. She planned to make him king. It was a disastrous move.

Mary's advisors and subjects were outraged. They did not want the murderer Bothwell to sit on the throne of Scotland. On July 24, 1567 Mary was forced to abdicate the crown in favor of her son. Like his mother before him, James became the sovereign of Scotland as a very young child.

And ... as a further price to avoid war with the Scottish nobility ... Mary and Bothwell were forced to separate. They never saw each other again.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Aug 01, 2003

Updated Last Revision: Jul 10, 2019

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