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In the opening instalment of a new series in which he outlines key events and developments in Scottish history, our consultant editor, Dr Allan Kennedy, explores the vicious civil war that convulsed Scotland after the overthrow of Mary Queen of Scots

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Woodcut of the siege of Edinburgh castle, held for Mary until 1573, from Holinshed’s Chronicles (1577)

The turbulent personal rule of Mary Queen of Scots came to an end in 1567, when, incarcerated in the grim fortress at loch Leven, she was forced to abdicate the throne in favour of her infant son, James VI. But Mary, famously, escaped her prison the following year, quickly assembling an army and confronting her enemies at the battle of Langside. Here, her forces were defeated, and she precipitously fied to England, remaining a prisoner of Elizabeth I until her execution 19 years later.

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Explore centuries of history and archaeology in the first History Scotland issue of 2019. Inside you’ll find history, archaeology, genealogy and heritage from some of the country’s top experts. Top reasons to read this issue: • Discover the tough reality of life as a Dundee whaler – and why the city’s female population was crucial to the success of the whaling industry • Read about Mary of Guelders – the Stewart queen who used her European connections to succeed in her royal role • See amazing images from the restoration of Monteath Mausoleum • Discover history events around the country during the winter months • Explore a new project to discover what we know – and have yet to discover – about the uses of gold in prehistoric Scotland