The History of Leith

August 3, 2012

Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley

Henry Stewart or Stuart, 1st Duke of Albany (7 December 1545 — 10 February 1567), styled Lord Darnley before 1565, was king consort of Scotland and murdered at Kirk o’Field. Many contemporary narratives describing his life and death refer to him as Lord Darnley, his title as heir apparent to the Earldom of Lennox, and it is by this appellation that he is now generally known.

He was the second but eldest surviving son of Matthew Stewart, thirteenth or fourth Earl of Lennox (1516–1571), and his wife, Lady Margaret Douglas. Darnley’s maternal grandparents were Archibald Douglas, sixth Earl of Angus, and Margaret Tudor, daughter of Henry VII of England, and widow of James IV, king of Scots. It is the common belief that Henry Stewart was born on the 7th of December, but this is disputed. He was a first cousin and the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the father of her son King James VI, who also succeeded Queen Elizabeth I of England as King James I of England. for more click here

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