‘And Yet It Stands’. Mary of Guise’s emblem pictured by Scottish artist Iona Leishman

Marie de Guise’s personal emblem

Marie de Guise-Lorraine 1515-2025

ADHUC STAT – ‘And yet it stands’ – was the motto of Marie de Guise‘s personal emblem, accompanied by the pictura or image representing, according to French historian Gabriel de Pimodan, a crown set above a rock beaten by winds and waves. It is also the title of this summer’s exhibition of new paintings from Iona Leishman, Historic Scotland’s first artist in residence at Stirling Castle.

Leishman’s fascination with Marie de Guise was awakened during her residency at Stirling Castle from 2011-12 when she connected with this woman’s story of bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. She writes about Marie:

Clever, beautiful and determined, Marie de Guise’ courage was formidable. Widowed days after she gave birth to James V’s daughter Mary in 1542, Marie faced a dangerous power vacuum in which the Scots lords struggled for power.  Refusing to countenance returning to France and her…

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