The Golden Age of Piracy spanned about 75 years, ending in the late 1720s, with a lot of bloodshed and enough legends to feed the imagination for the next 300 years.
On Saturday, March 9, 1566 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Mary and some of her friends were dining and enjoying themselves, including David Rizzio. Darnley and several lords entered the dining room and accused Rizzio and Mary of adultery.
It was a cold winter when young Mary Stewart was born at Linlithgow Palace on December 8, 1542 as the only surviving heir. Mary’s father was James V, son of James IV and Margaret Tudor, the sister of King Henry VIII of England. Her mother was Marie de Guise, the second wife of James V and daughter of Claude the Duke of Guise and Antoinette of Bourbon, one of the most powerful families in France.