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Mary Queen of Scots House
This is one of the attractions we visited during the Summer holidays mainly because we had seen it early in the year and had decided to spend a day in Jedburgh
LOCATION AND FINDING IT...
Address: Queen Street Jedburgh TD8 6EN
The attraction is actually in the centre of the town and its best accessed by parking in the main (and free) car park and then from there it's a short and signposted walk to the house, which is set on a side street.
BIT OF HISTORY...
Mary, Queen of Scots' House opened in 1987, on the 400th anniversary of Mary Queen of Scots death. It, it is believed that she stayed here, where she was gravely ill after riding 30 miles to Hermitage and back in one day to visit James Hepburn, the Earl of Bothwell who was seriously wounded, and falling into a bog on the way home. This house belonged to the Kerrs of Ferniehirst Castle.
The house is right at the side of a side street and behind a metal ence. Clearly its an old building but very well maintained with lovely manicured gardens on all sides with benches for visitors to sit and take in the peace; surprisingly, its very very quiet. The house displays memorabilia of Mary including jewellery, belongings, documents and paintings. These are set over three floors accessed via winding staircases. On each floor, the exhibits are set in different rooms with each room having a name and an explanation of the room. One of the rooms has well set out boards showing the history of the house on one side and the life story of Mary Queen of Scots on the other. These were all well written and easy to follow and gave a real insight into her life.
One of the highlights I think of most peoples visit is the mask of Mary Queen of Scots. It was usual to make a mask from the severed head as soon as possible after death with the original mask being white and unembellished. This mask,, has been hand-painted. It was actually quite eerie looking at the mask.
One of the rooms I especially liked was the Rogues Gallery which had large paintings all over the walls of people influential in her life and an explanation of who they all were.
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION...
Admission is free although donations are welcome.
The house is open throughout the summer months and its worth checking opening times.
We had a thoroughly interesting visit here. The whole house is really well set out with enough exhibits and information to keep visitors interested but not so many that we became "bogged down" with information.
I found the history of Mary's life fascinating alongside the whole history of that period and I learned lots of things I had never known before my visit.
The house is easy to find and well signposted and the extra bonus is the free parking. Its not the kind of attraction where you could stay all day but we spend a very interesting couple of hurs here before moving on to some of the other Jedburgh attractions
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