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EARL OF BOTHWELL

 

ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING AND IMPRESSIVE BEDCHAMBERS

Bothwell was a fierce and ambitious soldier who allegedly seduced or forced Mary into marrying him. Accused of murdering Mary’s second husband, The Lord Darnley, he and Mary fled to Borthwick Castle, when the Confederate Lords were approaching

Bothwell fled and Mary followed him by jumping from a window disguised as a boy. Four days later they faced the Lords at the battle of Carberry Hill.

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THE ROOM

This is one of the most striking and impressive bedchambers in the castle. This room is as strong and masculine as the Mary, Queen of Scots room is feminine and opulent. Both rooms stand at opposite ends of the State Room mid way up the north and south towers.

The Earl of Bothwell is the only bedchamber to feature a full four poster king size bed, carved from solid oak and is a replica of the bed King James IV, Mary's son, slept in when he was crowned
King of England.

A very well preserved large medieval chimney breast stands tall near the centre of the room. The deep blue and gold luxurious fabrics and rich ceiling to floor velvet curtains create a sense of grandeur and splendour. The velvet curtains frame a luxury bath and shower alcove. There is an additional large day bed with lions head carvings.

 

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