3 December 2003
MARY, Queen of Scots (1542-1567) and DARNLEY, Henry Stuart, Earl of (1545-1567). Letter signed jointly, as Queen and King of Scotland ('Marie R' and 'Henry R'), Holyrood House, 4 August , one page, 220 x 310 mm, inscribed at the head 'Rex et Regina', traces of seal within roped border (repaired with tape on verso, slightly soiled in folds and at edges).
A confirmation of the grant by Mary of Guise during her regency of the Abbey of Newbothill to Alexander Home, son of John Home of Coldenknows [Cowdenknowis], with licence to remove any tenants. 'We understandine that o[u]r umq[uhi]le derest moyer in uore absence berand office of regentrie of o[u]r Realme In o[u]r name c[on]fermet ratifeit & apprevit ye chart[er of fewferme maid be ye co[m]mendatar and co[n]vent of oure abbay of newbothill...'
Mary and Darnley had married the previous month. Darnley was murdered on 10 February 1567, shortly after the birth of his son, the future King James VI and I.
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