Letters relating to the captivity of Queen Mary, addressed to Richard Bagot of Blithfield as a Justice of the Peace for Staffordshire. Edit




  • 1585-1587. (Creation)


  • 34 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, Sotheby's, 25-27 February 1946, lot 260.

  • Custodial History

    The letters were bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

  • Arrangement

    34 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    Most of the letters are written by Sir Amias Poulet; other writers are Sir Ralph Sadler, the Earl of Essex, and Mar Darell (perhaps Sir Marmaduke, afterwards Cofferer of the Household). They treat of the housing and guarding of the Queen at Tutbury, Chartley, Tixall, and Fotheringay and her removal from one to the other, of her trial and execution, of the doings of the Curles and others of her suite after her death, and of arrangements for her burial. On folio 20 verso are four lines of verse in a contemporary hand, beginning, 'O Maria Scota, meretrix es omnibus nota'.