Monthly Archives: April 2016

Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

Margaret Douglas, daughter of Mary Tudor and Archibald Douglas; wife of Matthew Stewart, Earl of Lennox; mother of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley,; mother-in-law of Mary, Queen of Scots

The Freelance History Writer

Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

Margaret Douglas, sometimes styled “Princess of Scotland”, was the daughter of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland and her second husband, Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus. Margaret enjoyed the affection of her uncle King Henry VIII of England and was witness to many events in Tudor history. She also was a pawn of her uncle’s game in the marriage market and did not actually wed until she was in her late twenties. She was a dynamic Tudor personality. More importantly, she was the grandmother of King James VI of Scotland and I of England.

Margaret was born under difficult circumstances. Her mother Queen Margaret was involved in a power struggle for the regency of her young son King James V of Scotland. Things became unbearable and Queen Margaret fled to England seeking refuge and a place to have her child. The birth took place…

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Rosslyn Castle – falling shadows

Joanne Woolf takes us on the spooky tour of Rosslyn Castle.

The Hazel Tree

“Rosslyn Glen was settled by the Bronze Age and is the largest surviving tract of ancient woodland in Midlothian, in which over two hundred species of flowering plants and sixty species of breeding birds have been recorded…”   ‘Rosslyn Chapel’, by the Earl of Rosslyn

Rosslyn Castle 79On dark and stormy nights, so it is said, a blood-curdling sound can be heard in the woodlands around Rosslyn Castle.   According to folklore, it comes from a phantom dog, the ghost of a war hound which belonged to an English knight.   In 1302, there was a fierce battle in Rosslyn Glen between Scottish and English forces.  When a Scotsman killed the English knight, the dog set upon him and he was forced to slay that, too;  but that wasn’t the end of the story, because every night from then onwards the ghost of the dog would appear in the guard room at Rosslyn Castle…

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