mary, queen of scots

Mary, Queen of Scots was issued in June 1979, in a limited edition of 500 - (The first 10 of which were reserved for members of the Nisbet family).   Mary went on sale for £44.00 ($114.00).  

This magnificent doll was supplied with a small rectangular wooden table, a velvet tablecloth to drape over it, and a miniature Bible.   This amazing little replica Bible measures one and three eighths inches by one and one eighth inches  (35mm x 28.5mm), and is bound in a "Gold" metal binding, with "Mother of Pearl" covers.   Inside, the first four books of The New Testament are actually printed, in very tiny type.

Mary, Queen of Scots, was described as beautiful, intelligent, warmhearted, quick tempered, obstinate, and wayward.   Married to the Dauphin of France at 18, she became Queen of France shortly afterwards, but returned to Scotland after her husband's death at an early age.   She had become Queen of Scotland at one week old, following the death of her father, and was also an heiress to the English Throne, as next of kin to Elizabeth Tudor.   On her return to Scotland, she found the nobles unruly, and her Catholic faith brought her into conflict with the Presbyterian Church.   She married her cousin, Lord Darnley, who was murdered, with suspicion for his death falling on Mary, and on Lord Bothwell, who she subsequently married.   The Scottish nobles revolted, Mary was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle, and her son was proclaimed King.   She escaped to England, but Queen Elizabeth I saw her as a threat, and imprisoned her in Fotheringay Castle for 19 years, finally having her executed on a charge of high treason.


21st September 2023


Important Announcement


My dear wife, Christine, passed away on the 8th December, 2021after 8 weeks in hospital. I was by her side, when she slipped away from me peacefully, with no pain or suffering.


Chris had been struggling with a slow decline in health, associated with a progressive, untreatable, and ultimately terminal lung disease, and finally succumbed to her old adversary, Pneumonia.


We had been friends for 55 years, together as a couple for 50 years, and married just a month short of 48 years, when she died.   


This website was Chris's idea, and I did all the technical stuff, to make it work.   After news of Chris's passing reached her close friends in the doll collecting world, I was deeply touched and gratified to hear their tributes to my dear wife, and I must thank them all for their kindness and support.   Ultimately, it was her doll friends that gave me the courage to continue with the website.


In the months before her eventual hospitalisation, Chris had outlined a number of additions and changes she wanted to make to the website, and it is my intention to honour those wishes, and to implement the changes we had considered, over the coming weeks and months.


I must apologise to all those who have written to us via the website, only to have your emails go unanswered.   Unfortunately, the email system had been hacked aroung the time Chris was going into hospital, and many emails must have been lost, as a result.


As you might imagine, I felt completely broken by Chris's loss, and it is only now, almost 22 months after her passing, that I have felt strong enough to even look at the website again.   


My aim is to continue with the website, and to implement Chris's aims for her many new ideas as soon as I can.   In the meantime, I have hopefully got the email system sorted out, and I will attempt to answer any enquiries as soon as I can, and to send replies with the same high degree of accuracy that a reply from Chris would have had.


From now on, I will be flying solo, whilst my co-pilot and guide will be soaring much higher, (though she is always in my heart, and in my thoughts).


My thanks to all our website visitors for your continued support


Dave (also known as Arthur), and Chris, (my lost love, Guinevere)


Christine Poulten

25th December 1949 - 8th December 2021