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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Mary Queen of Scots also Mary Stuart 1542-1587. Queen of Scotland (1542-1567). The Catholic monarch during the bitter Scottish Reformation, she was forced to abdicate in favor of her son, the future James I of England. After fleeing to England (1568), she was imprisoned by Elizabeth I. Catholic supporters plotted to place her on the English throne, resulting in her trial and execution for sedition.

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