The History of Leith

October 12, 2012

The fatal marriage ceremony

Adam, Bishop of Orkney, the same prelate who, at four in the
morning of the i5th of May, 1567, performed in
the chapel royal at Holyrood the fatal marriage
ceremony which gave Bothwell possession of the
unfortunate and then despairing Queen Mary.
He was a senator of the College of Justice, and
the royal letter in his favour bears, ” Providing;
always ye find him able and qualified for administration
of justice, and conform to the acts and
statutes of the College.”
He married the unhappy queen after the
new forms, ” not with the mess, but with preachings,”
according to the ” Diurnal of Occurrents,”.in
the chapel; according to Keith and others, ” in
the great hall, where the Council usually met.”‘
But he seemed a pliable prelate where his own
interests were concerned; he was one of the first
to desert his royal mistress, and, after her enforced
abdication, placed the crown upon the head of her
infant son ; and in 1568, according to the book of
the ” Universal Kirk,” he bound himself to preach
a sermon in Holyrood, and therein to confess
publicly his offence in performing a marriage ceremony
for Bothwell and Mary.

Source-Old and New Edinburgh

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