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Mary Queen of Scots must be returned to Scotland ??

More than four centuries after she was executed in England for treason by her cousin, Elizabeth I, a row has broken out over the rightful resting place of Mary Queen of Scots, and her true place in the pantheon of Scottish heroes.For Christine Grahame, MSP, Mary was “an iconic historical Scots figure” and this week the SNP member for the South of Scotland will begin a campaign in the Scottish Parliament to repatriate her remains from Westminster Abbey. But the move has been branded a stunt by Ms Grahame’s political opponents and dismissed as crazy by Jenny Wormald, one of the leading academic authorities on the queen’s life and death.

There is something funny about petty nationalistic politics being played out by people who don’t really understand the past properly.. like the terrible moment in an SNP rally when we were treated to Calgacus’s speech before the crushing defeat by the Romans at Mons Graupius… er… I was forced to point out… er…. a) Scotland did not exist then… and er… they were not Scots (who came from Ireland much much later)

Speaking as a Briton from East Lothian that is ! ūüôā

So as she actually wanted to be buried in France.. and her son buried her in Westminster.. just leave her alone.



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Cousland Big Dig day 3

Mary Queen of ScotsOur Historian Louise Yeoman has been working tirelessly, and on Wednesday will be presenting findings to the group, as well as showing them how to study documentary evidence.  One amazing fact that she has pointed us to is that Mary Queen of Scots mounted her horse near to Carberry Hill East Lothian. in 1547 after the non-battle of Carberry and surrendered to the Confederate Lords (of which Lord Ruthven was a major player Рeven involved in the murder of Rizzio) where she was taken and held at near by Cousland Castle over night where they decided her fate.  

With this evidence, we now know the castle was still standing, and that the larger structure that we are now examining was standing at this time, and with luck, we should have the lower rooms mapped out for the open day on Saturday..  this will allow us to point to the place where this event in Scottish (and UK) history actually took place..    tell you what!   I love Community Archaeology!

The kids from teh village and all teh others are working hard, and the day was pleasant, made better when the first evidence of the collapsed castle wall started to appear!  

Lets hope that day 4 (april the 1st) does not make a fool of us!

 better than Stonehenge!

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