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Newly-discovered Mary Queen of Scots letters shed light on life in 16th-century Edinburgh

An order dated 16 April 1557 giving fleshers (butchers) privileges to sell flesh at the Tolbooth

After decades spent unseen, a group of documents believed to have been signed by Mary Queen of Scots have recently come to light at the Museum of Edinburgh Although information about the letters was held on file having been gifted in 1920, they were lost in storage before being unearthed during recent inventory and conservation work by curators.

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After the Great War: Rebuilding a nation Five great reasons to read History Scotland this month * New research on what life was like between the World Wars * Exploring the link between crime and military service * Special report on underwater archaeology at the German High Seas fleet scuttle site in Orkney * The women registrars who broke into an all-male profession * A new study of the controverial marriage of Queen Victoria's daughter Louise BONUS DIGITAL-ONLY CONTENT: Video report on a forgotten treasure trove of Victorian photos Exhibition preview: Russia, Royalty and the Romanovs Video: living history food & drink experience