Lead: In August 1561 Mary Stuart, the teenaged Queen of Scotland, landed near Leith, home from France to claim her rights as ruler of a nation that had changed.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Mary Stuart was born in 1542 in the County West Lothian village of Linlothgow. She was the daughter of King James V and his wife Mary, a member of the powerful French Catholic family of Guise. Six days after her birth, James died and Mary became the infant Queen of Scotland. To conduct the affairs of state, however, the baby’s mother Mary Guise was selected as Regent, destined to rule until Mary Stuart could take her place. At the age of six Mary was packed off to France, to be groomed and educated in the French royal household, but more importantly, in view of subsequent events, she evolved into a determined, faithful daughter of the Roman Catholic Church.

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