The History of Fotheringhay Castle

The Freelance History Writer

Execution of Mary Queen of Scots by an unknown Dutch artist, 1613 Execution of Mary Queen of Scots by an unknown Dutch artist, 1613

While in the UK on my Mary Queen of Scots tour, we visited many historic sites associated with her life story. This included a trip to Fotheringhay Castle, the scene of her execution on February 8, 1587. There is virtually nothing left of this significant castle but I climbed twenty three feet up to the top of the motte, looking down on the River Nene and across to the village and church and couldn’t help but feel something significant happened here. It turns out this castle has a pretty incredible history encompassing more than just Mary’s execution.

The motte of Fotheringhay Castle (Photo by the author) The motte of Fotheringhay Castle (Photo by the author)

From the north, we entered the site through one of those crisscross gates. The land is a working sheep farm. To the west, there was a picturesque view of the village with…

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