The 1888 Glasgow International Exhibition featured 28 putative 16th-century portraits of Mary, Queen of Scots, plus personal mementoes – a slipper, a crucifix, some needlepoint and letters.
In addition, some bright spark had the idea to dress the waitresses in the nearby tearooms in costumes commemorating her decoys, ladies-in-waiting intended to distract and delay the English forces pursuing Mary. Their legendary efforts were the stuff of George Whyte-Melville’s popular The Queen’s Maries: A Romance of Holyrood....
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