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Mary's Execution Attire

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History tells us that Mary Queen of Scots wore a black velvet dress over a red petticoat on the day that she was executed in 1587. 

The red petticoat had a specific meaning for her.  Mary believed that she was being killed for being a Catholic.  Her red petticoat symbolized that she was a Catholic martyr.

Robert Herdman (1829-1888) painted this work in 1867.  It is now owned by Glasgow Museums.


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