Mary Queen of Scots

Three strikes and you're... DEAD!

8 February 1587. An executioner's scaffold, draped in black cloth awaits Mary, the fallen Queen of Scots. Condemned as a traitor by her own family, accused of adultery and murder... hear her sorry tale before the final axe blow!


In 1587 Mary, Queen of Scots, was put on trial for treason and imprisoned awaiting execution. Accused of plotting to assassinate her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, Mary was sentenced to face the chop. And no, we don't mean a juicy steak.

On the day of her beheading, two blows of the axe weren’t even enough to chop off her head, no. It took a further struggle with a serated knife to sever her bloody head. Pudding, anyone? 


  • The gory details of how Mary, Queen of Scots met her sticky end
  • The story of Mary's plotting against Elizabeth for the English crown


Mary became Queen of Scotland at just six days' old after her father James V died. She married her first husband, Francis II at just fifteen - an arrangement by his father, the French King Henry II  to secure the "auld alliance" and make one kingdom between Scotland and France. When Henry II died, Mary briefly became Queen of France in addition to being Queen of Scots!