The History of Leith

February 22, 2012

The Funeral of Magdalene

To the inexpressible grief of James and the whole nation, Magdalene, then only in her seventeenth year, died of her insidious disease on the 10th of July. She was interred with great pomp in the royal vault, near the coffin of James II.,and her untimely death was the occasion of the first general mourning ever worn in the kingdom. In the treasurer’s accounts are many entries of the “Scots claith, French blak, Holland claith, and corsses upon the velvet.” On her coffin was inscribed in Saxon characters, ” Magdalena Francisci Regis Franciae, Primo-gmita Regina, Scotiae Sponsa Jacobi V. Regis, A.D. 1537, obit.”

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