Mary of Guise, one of 37 carved replica Stirling Heads at Stirling Castle. Scotland, UK, Europe.
Mary of Guise, one of 37 carved replica Stirling Heads at Stirling Castle, in Scotland, UK, Europe. Mary of Guise (1515-1560) was Queen of Scots from 1538 to 1542 as the second wife of King James V. She was the mother of Mary, Queen of Scots, and served as Regent of Scotland in her daughter's name from 1554 to 1560. A native of Lorraine, she was a member of the powerful House of Guise, which played a prominent role in 16th-century French politics. Her main goal was a close alliance between the powerful French Catholic nation and smaller Scotland, which she wanted to be Catholic and independent of England. She failed, and at her death the Protestants took control of Scotland, with her own grandson achieving the Union of the Crowns a few decades later. The King's Inner Hall at Stirling Castle has a ceiling of 37 carved replica Stirling Heads, originally designed for James V and finished by his widow Mary of Guise in the 1540s.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download