Promoting the life and times of Mary, Queen of Scots

The Annual Society Gathering, Edinburgh – 13 April 19


                    RIDDLE’S COURT, 322 LAWNMARKET, EDINBURGH, EH1 2 PG


Outline programme              

10.00am tea and coffee available and small exhibition of archive materials including postcards and photographs of recent events

10.30am Marie Stuart Society Annual General Meeting

11.30am ‘Royal and mid-16th century heraldry” – Elizabeth Roads, Snawdoun Herald

12.30pm Lunch

2.00pm ‘The Marian Hangings Project’ – Melissa Voigneur, The School of Ancient Arts and Crafts

3.00pm Visit to the Marian Hangings Exhibition, Edinburgh Castle (Historic Environment Scotland property)



Riddle’s Court is very near to Edinburgh Castle.  It is ten minute walk from Waverly Station, though a steep uphill walk most of the way. The main entrance is close to the top of the Royal Mile, on the left hand side as you approach Edinburgh Castle. Exit taxis at the Royal Mile/Upper Bow roundabout. There is good disabled access, including lifts to all floors and accessible toilets.

Nearest long stay car parking is at Castle Terrace EH1 2EW and Blackfriars Street EH1 1NE

Edinburgh Castle is about 5 minutes walk from the Gathering venue. Cars can be taken to the exhibition space if disabled access is required.

Annual General Meeting

The agenda and papers for the meeting are being issued to members by email. Please bring them with you.  If you are not attending, please ensure that you complete and return your voting paper by email or post.


Cost for the Annual Gathering including morning refreshments, lunch with wine or a soft drink is £28.

The visit to the Marian Hangings Exhibition in Edinburgh Castle is on a self pay basis –it is free to members of Historic Environment Scotland/English Heritage/Explorer Pass. As a Guide however, here’s the admission prices and information on an Explorer Pass.


Optional evening event                                

As a number of members are staying overnight, an evening meal has been arranged in Vittoria on the Bridge, George IV Bridge EH1 1EN at 6.30pm. Meals will be ordered on arrival and it is on a self-pay basis. An example of the menu is here

Overnight accommodation

Please make your own arrangements for overnight stays if necessary.  There are hundreds of accommodation options – hotels, self catering, airbandb etc near to the venue and evening meal that will suit all budgets and tastes.  A useful website is as follows:



Visit to Linlithgow                                         

For any members who wish to ‘make a weekend of it’ there is an optional visit to Linlithgow the day after the Annual Gathering.

The outline programme is:

10.30am          Talk on the Society statue of Mary Queen of Scots

11.00am          Guided tour of Linlithgow Palace (Historic Environment Scotland property)

1.00pm            Lunch at the Four Mary’s Pub, 65-67 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7ED



 Linlithgow is about 20-30minutes on the train or driving from Edinburgh or Glasgow. There is good town centre parking which is free on Sundays adjacent to the Palace and St Michael’s Church.



 The visit to Linlithgow Palace is on a self-pay basis – again it is free for members of Historic Environment Scotland/English Heritage/ Explorer Pass. As a Guide, here’s the admission prices

Lunch is also on a self pay basis, with a menu choice in advance.  Here’s the type of meals available


Please fill in the attached slip and return it with your cheque to Joan Brodie, 38 Meadowbank Road, Kirknewton, Midlothian EH27 8BS as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday 3rd April 2019.

Contact details

For any queries about the events please email: or telephone: 0779 604 4903

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