Duns woman’s tribute to Mary Queen of Scots

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Every year on the Saturday nearest the anniversary of the birth of Mary Queen of Scots in 1542 the Marie Stuart Society lays a commemorative wreath at her tomb in Westminster Abbey and this year the honour fell to a Duns woman.

A small party meets at the West Door of Westminster Abbey and is led through to the south aisle of the Lady Chapel.

Dominating the aisle is a most impressive marble tomb, surmounted by a fine white marble effigy of Mary, under an elaborate canopy, erected to his mother’s memory by her son James VI and I (England).

The aisle is cleared of visitors to allow a short service after which the wreath is laid and this year the honour of doing so fell to Marianne Morrison from Duns, a long standing member of the Dunse History Society.

The society is in process of raising funds to erect a statute to Mary at Linlithgow Palace, her birth place, and funding permitting, it is hoped, this will be unveiled in April of next year.