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Peterborough Cathedral - First Burial, Mary Queen of Scots

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History tells us that after Mary's death, her heart and organs were removed and were buried at an unknown place at Fotheringhay.  Her body was then embalmed and placed in a leaden coffin. 

For 5½ months, Mary's body remained unburied.  On the 30th of July, 1587, it was taken to Peterborough Cathedral (which was not far from Fotheringhay Castle). 

Later, Mary's son - King James VI (of Scotland) / I (of England) - ordered that his mother be buried in Westminster Abbey.

This image depicts how Peterborough Cathedral appeared in the 17th century (when this engraving was made by Daniel King).

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