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Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

(1515-1578), Mother of Lord Darnley

Sitter associated with 10 portraits
Grandmother of James VI of Scotland, later James I of England; her diplomacy was instrumental in his succession to the English throne. She was brought up with, and was a lifelong friend to, King Henry VIII's daughter by Katherine of Aragon, Princes Mary, later Queen Mary I. After Mary's death and the succession of Protestant Queen Elizabeth I in 1558, Margaret Douglas retired from Westminster Palace to Yorkshire, where she became involved with Roman Catholic plotting. In 1566 Elizabeth sent her to the Tower, but after the murder of her son Darnley in 1567 she was released. She was again imprisoned in 1574 when her son Charles married without royal permission and was pardoned after his death in 1577.

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Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, by Elkington & Co, cast by  Domenico Brucciani, after  Unknown artist - NPG 358

Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Unknown artist
electrotype, 1873, based on a work of 1578
NPG 358

The Roiail Progenei of our Most Sacred King James, by Benjamin Wright, after  Unknown artist - NPG D1370

The Roiail Progenei of our Most Sacred King James

by Benjamin Wright, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1619
NPG D1370

The Memorial of Lord Darnley, by George Vertue, after  Livinus de Vogelaare - NPG D31901

The Memorial of Lord Darnley

by George Vertue, after Livinus de Vogelaare
line engraving, 1743 (1567-1568)
NPG D31901

The Memorial of Lord Darnley, by George Vertue, after  Livinus de Vogelaare - NPG D31902

The Memorial of Lord Darnley

by George Vertue, after Livinus de Vogelaare
line engraving, 1743 (1567-1568)
NPG D31902

The Memorial of Lord Darnley, by George Vertue, after  Livinus de Vogelaare - NPG D37299

The Memorial of Lord Darnley

by George Vertue, after Livinus de Vogelaare
line engraving, 1743 (1567-1568)
NPG D37299

Henry the Seventh's Chapel.  Monuments and Details, by and published by John Preston Neale, by  John Carter, by  James Robert Thompson, published by  Hurst, Robinson & Co - NPG D42664

Henry the Seventh's Chapel. Monuments and Details

by and published by John Preston Neale, by John Carter, by James Robert Thompson, published by Hurst, Robinson & Co
line engraving and etching, published 1 July 1821
NPG D42664

Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, by Joseph Brown, printed by  McQueen (Macqueen), published by  The Granger Society, after  Francis Ross - NPG D31814

Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

by Joseph Brown, printed by McQueen (Macqueen), published by The Granger Society, after Francis Ross
mixed-method engraving, published 1841 (1572)
NPG D31814

Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, by Joseph Brown, printed by  McQueen (Macqueen), published by  The Granger Society, after  Francis Ross - NPG D37296

Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

by Joseph Brown, printed by McQueen (Macqueen), published by The Granger Society, after Francis Ross
mixed-method engraving, published 1841 (1572)
NPG D37296

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