Flowers, Dried, From the grave of Mary Queen of Scots; Unknown maker; 1886; RI.W...


Flowers, Dried, From the grave of Mary Queen of Scots

About this object

An arrangement of dried flowers from the grave of Mary Queen of Scots, Peterborough, Scotland, dated 1886. The flowers, a small iris, violet, daisy and foliage, are mounted on card with a tissue overlay.

A handwritten note on top of the tissue gives details of the Queen, her imprisonment and eventual interment at Westminster Abbey. An envelope accompanying the card has a 'Peace on Earth/Good will toward men' emblem on the reverse.

These flowers were accessioned alongside a large number of clothing and accessories believed to have been owned by Martha Blue (neé Brown) whose family, and her husband's family, emigrated from Scotland.


Unknown maker

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Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, flower
organic, processed material, paper
organic, processed material, paper, cardboard

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten, not on tissue: 'Flowers from the grave of Mary Queen of Scots at Peterborough Cuth Fotheringay Castle where she was confined as a short [illegible] from Peterboro - Her remains were taken from there at 12 at night + removed to West Minster Abbey London after her son James came to the throne / sent by Mrs Glenn (illegible) who lives in Peterborough'
Handwritten, on reverse: 'Gathered flowers, Peterboro, 1886', 'G. H. G.'
Handwritten, front at bottom: 'From Cuth [illegible] / Peterboro 1886'


card: h 125 mm x w 80 mm x d 3 mm
envelope: h 150 mm x w 90 mm

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Plants (flora)

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Attribution - Non-commercial (cc) Attribution - Non-commercial (cc)

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