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Henry Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany

Also Known As: "Henry Stuart", "Lord Darnley", "King consort of Scotland", "Duke of Albany"
Birthplace: Temple Newsam, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: February 10, 1567 (21)
Provost's House, Kirk o'the Field, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland (Asphyxiation)
Place of Burial: Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox and Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox
Husband of Mary I, Queen of Scots
Father of James VI King of Scots, James I King of England & Ireland
Brother of Charles Stuart, 1st Earl of Lennox

Occupation: 1st Duke of Albany, Lord Darnley, King
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About Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley

a short summary from Wikipedia ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Stewart,_Lord_Darnley

Henry Stewart or Stuart

King consort of Scotland

Tenure 29 July 1565 – 10 February 1567

Duke of Albany; Earl of Ross

Successor: James, Duke of Rothesay

Spouse: Mary l, Queen of Scots


James I of England

House: House of Stuart

Father: Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox

Mother: Margaret Douglas

Born: 7 December 1545

Temple Newsam, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Died: 10 February 1567 (aged 21)

Kirk o' Field, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Henry Stewart Memorial Birth: Dec. 7, 1545 Metropolitan Borough of Leeds West Yorkshire, England Death: Feb. 10, 1567 Edinburgh City of Edinburgh, Scotland British Royalty. Also known as Lord Darnley. First-cousin and second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, and father of James VI, of Scotland. He was the son of Matthew Stewart, Earl of Lennox, and Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, the granddaughter of Henry VII and niece of Henry VIII. He was first Duke of Albany, Earl of Ross, King Consort of Scotland. His death remains one of the great unsolved historical mysteries.

In the mean time Mary's heart, if it may be so said, declared for a new favourite, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, a man whose character had no point of resemblance to that of her husband but one — a total want of principle. With him, painful as It is to be obliged to reject all doubt on such a subject, it cannot be reasonably denied that she concerted the means of depriving Henry of life.

The King had for many weeks resided at Stirling, neglected and almost in solitude, when a rumour suddenly reached him of a design to imprison him. He fled instantly towards Glasgow, where his father was at the time, and was seized on his way thither by a distemper so violent as to render his case for many days utterly hopeless.

Mary, by whom he had never been visited during this extremity, on his amendment, and arrival at Glasgow, flew thither, with every profession and appearance of conjugal tenderness; attended him constantly as his nurse; and, as soon as he was able to bear the journey, persuaded him to remove to Edinburgh.

He was carried thither in a litter, and lodged, not in the Palace, but under the pretences of obtaining better air and more quiet, in a house, then in the suburbs, belonging to the provost of a collegiate church, called Kirk of Field.

There Mary's assiduities were increased. She seldom left him during the day, and sometimes slept in the chamber under that in which he lay. His fears and suspicions, and peevish humours, were lulled to rest, and the endearments of their bridal days seemed to be revived, when on Sunday, the ninth of February, 1567, N.S. the Queen left him, about eleven at night, to be present at a masque in the Palace, and at two the next morning the house in which he lay was blown up with gunpowder.

The bodies of the King, and of the servant who slept in his chamber, were found at a little distance, perfect, and without any marks of fire, or of violence.

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Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley's Timeline

December 7, 1545
Temple Newsam, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
June 19, 1566
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland (United Kingdom)
February 10, 1567
Age 21
Provost's House, Kirk o'the Field, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
February 14, 1567
Age 21
Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland