The Mary, Queen of Scots Experience

This event was on the 04th of July 2019.

The Mary, Queen of Scots Experience

To celebrate the life of ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’, and exhibition at Mount Stuart, we are pleased to announce a very special event.

An Exhibition talk by Head of Collections, Charlotte Rostek followed by a 6 course Banquet served in the Private Dining Room of Mount Stuart.

Included in this Package

Mary Stuart (1542-1587) – or Mary, Queen of Scots as she is commonly known – has long been a source of fascination, in Scotland and beyond. She has been the subject of numerous paintings, plays, books and films – and no wonder, when her biography reads like a Gothic novel. Her tragic tale includes three doomed marriages, alleged adultery, murder, imprisonment and execution. While many of the sordid details of her life and death are well-documented, others still are shrouded in mystery and obscured by centuries of rumor, romance and fantasy. This exhibition looks at both the real historical figure and the romantic cultural icon.

The diverse range of Mary-related materials you will see here belong to the Bute Collection, one of the foremost private collections of art and artefacts in the UK. Many of the items were acquired in the early twentieth century by the Scottish history enthusiast John Crichton-Stuart, 4th Marquess of Bute. However, some of the acquisitions date as far back as the late eighteenth century, indicating that Mary, Queen of Scots has been a Bute family interest for nearly three hundred years. Notably, as descendants of Robert II, the Crichton-Stuarts of Bute are, in fact, distant relatives of the Queen herself.

Capacity: Maximum 24 (Booking Essential)
Price: £160 per person

Exhibition Talk
Presented by Charlotte Rostek

Join our Head of Collections, Charlotte Rostek, on a journey through history which uncovers the story of Mary, Queen of Scots. Along the way you will have access to view some of the incredible items from the Bute Collection including historic manuscripts, paintings, needlework, books, and a film. The highlights are Sir Robert Wingfield of Upton’s eyewitness account of Mary’s execution, a rare original manuscript dating to 1587; Queen Elizabeth I’s Proclamation of the Sentence of Death, dating to 1586; and pieces of needlework which are believed to have been made by Mary while in captivity in England dating to ca. 1570s/80s.

Mary, Queen of Scots Banquet
Prepared by Campbell MacFadyen

Enjoy the sights, sounds, taste and aroma of a traditional Tudor Banquet served in the opulent surroundings of the Family Dining Room.

Stimulate your senses with our Banquet Feast, created specifically for this occasion by our Bute Kitchen Head Chef, Campbell MacFadyen. Campbell has taken inspiration from the diets and recipes that could have been experienced by Mary, Queen of Scots during her life, and tied these in with traditions that have developed since her brutal execution in 1587, all created using the finest local fresh produce.


On Arrival

Bloody Mary

Amouse Bouche

Oyster Ceviche


Marbled Game Terrine with Apricot, Cranberry and Pistachio served with Rhubarb and Date Chutney and Homemade Oatcakes


French Onion Soup cooked with Brandy and Cream served with Comte Cheese and Garlic Crouton


Elderflower Sorbet

Main Course

Roast Fillet of Auchenbreck Pork, Smoky Bacon Crisp, Slow Braised Shoulder Croquette, Black Pudding, Baked Apple, Crackling and Cider Sauce


Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart, Mead Poached Pear and Vanilla Cream

Served with a ½ Bottle of House Wine per person