Stirling Castle is set to explore its French Connections this weekend with a series of special events and exhibitions.
In the 500th year since the birth of one of the castle’s most influential queens, Mary of Guise, the castle will be filled with art and events celebrating her life and times.
The Chapel Royal will be transformed by art exhibitions from Iona Leishman and Douai Artists International, whilst in the Nether Bailey visitors can explore a fascinating exhibition all about ‘The Other Mary’, wife of James V and mother of Mary Queen of Scots.
Meanwhile, in the Royal Palace families can see fine examples of French Craftsmanship and even make their own Fleur de Lis, the Great Hall will host a talk on the influence of 16th Century French Cuisine on what was eaten in Scotland, and ‘Auld Alliance’ themed tours will explore the castle’s many historical connections with France.
Eleanor Muir, Visitor Experience Manager at Stirling Castle said: “The French influence on life at Stirling Castle was enormous.
“Visitors see this on a daily basis when they step inside the Royal Palace, recreated to look like it did in the 1540s when it was built for James V’s French queen, Mary of Guise – but in the 500th year since Mary’s birth we’re keen to bring these influences to life even more vividly.
“As visitors explore the castle during our French Connection weekend, they will be able to learn about its many French ties, from court customs to interior decoration and eating habits.
“We’ve also got some fantastic art on display, craft activities for children, and our fascinating exhibition telling the unknown story behind ‘The Other Mary’.”
‘And Yet It Stands’ is an exhibition of new work by former Stirling Castle artist in residence, Iona Leishman, inspired by Mary of Guise.
It is on display in the Chapel Royal from 18th July until 31st August.
Entry to the French Connection weekend – 18th and 19th July – is included in the admission to Stirling Castle. The event is free to Historic Scotland members.