Piece of embroidery ‘stitched by Mary Queen of Scots’ comes up at auction

The textile was saved from ruin last year after rainwater poured onto property in Strathnacro in the Highlands where it was stored.

It is expected to fetch more than £ 1,000 today at Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire.

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According to an inscription, the rare piece of fabric was embroidered in the 16th century by “Queen Mary of Scotland while in prison”.

The embroidered bed curtain is said to have been sewn by Mary Queen of Scots. PIC: Contributed.

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Mary, who was born at Linlithgow Palace on December 8, 1542, became Queen of Scots at the age of six days.

After escaping to England after years of stormy power play that ended with her abdication in 1567, she spent nearly 19 years as a prisoner before she was finally executed in 1587.

The seller, who bought the piece at auction in Scotland around five years ago, said: “I’ve always been fascinated by antiques. I looked around a Scottish auction room one day and found the framed embroidery upside down on the floor.

Isabel Murtough from Hansons Auctioneers, where the embroidery will be auctioned on Tuesday. PIC: Contributed.

“I picked it up and couldn’t believe it when I read the inscription.”

The text that appears beneath the framed floral embroidery of a blue flower reads: “From a bed curtain that Queen Mary of Scotland embroidered in prison. Presented by the Countess von Elgin, a member of the Stuart family, to Mrs. Salena C Lynch, née Girdler, wife of James C Lynch and mother of Dr. Henry C Lynch. “

The frame contains a picture of Queen Mary and a summary of her life.

The seller, who asked not to be named, said the piece was rescued from his Highland vacation home, which was ravaged by Storm Jorge in February last year and caused thousands of pounds in damage.

She said, “When we opened the doors, the floors were wet, the ceilings were shabby, and black mold was growing on the walls.

“Fortunately, the fragment of material wasn’t damaged. I had put it in a box and the rain hadn’t reached it. It’s a relief that the embroidery survived. “

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