For the first time in history a part of Linlithgow Palace fountain will go on loan to the National Museum of Scotland for a special exhibition opening today (Friday).
A spokesperson from Historic Scotland said: “The column from the Linlithgow Palace fountain, dating back to around 1538 and believed to be one of the oldest surviving fountains in the UK, is being cleaned by Historic Scotland before travelling to be installed in the exhibition, ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’, at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.”
The fountain column was originally installed in the courtyard of Linlithgow Palace during the time of Mary’s father, James V, and legend states that it flowed with wine when Bonnie Prince Charlie came to stay at the Palace in 1745.
The unique exhibition will display jewels, textiles, furniture, documents and portraits, never before seen together, as the famous monarch’s life story (1542-87) is explored.
As well as the column, visitors can also view the Marian Hanging, a large tapestry which Mary worked on during her years of imprisonment, a replica of the lid of Mary’s tomb from Westminster Abbey, carved with a representation of the monarch, and the earliest letter of Mary written to her mother, Mary of Guise.
Loans from major public collections in Scotland, England and France, and from private collections have added to the Scottish history collections at National Museums Scotland.
‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ will run until Sunday, November 17 in Edinburgh.