Excerpt from Picturesque Scottish Scenery: From Original Drawings by T. L. Rowbotham The hereditary ill-fortune which pursued all the Scottish kings of the House of Stuart, seems to have doubled its fury when the crown fell to a woman. Mary, Queen of Scotland - or, as she is usually called, Queen of Scots - was unfortunate in all the chief events of her life. Her birth was looked upon as a calamity by her parents and her people; and, as it took place in the old palace of Linlithgow, the name has become closely connected in our minds with hers, and very interesting to all who sympathise in sufferings which, however well they may have been deserved, were undoubtedly of the most severe character, and perhaps quite sufficient to satisfy the sternest judges of her conduct. It was on Friday, the 8th December, 1542. Her father, who lay upon his death-bed at Falkland, cried out bitterly when he heard the news, and prophesied the extinction of his race. The crown of Scotland came, he said, with a woman into his family, and it would go with one. His words were true so far only as they related to his own immediate branch of the Stuarts. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.