Friday, April 6, 2012

Stewart or Stuart? How to Correctly Spell Mary Queen of Scots' Last Name

Mary and her son, James VI/I
Mary Queen of Scots, the daughter of debate, even her last name's spelling is debatable! But, here's the correct way of spelling it... S-T-E-W-A-R-T, the Scottish way. (She was Scottish after all!) Why then is she commonly refered to as Mary STUART. That's becasue S-T-U-A-R-T is how to spell it in the French style, and Mary grew up in France. (Also, in Tudor times people just spelled their last names however the heck they wanted too!) Mary's father, James V, was Scottish and since her last name comes from him, it is spelled the Scottish way, STEWART.

Now, this is just a side note but, there is also speculation as to how to spell Darnley's last name. The correct way is S-T-U-A-R-T, the French way becasue his father, Mathew Stuart, the earl of Lennox, had it legally changed that way before Darnley was born. However, many authors still call him Henry STEWART because his was partially Scottish. THIS IS NOT CORRECT!!!!! (sorry i just get mad when people do that!) So, don't confuse the two. :)

(one more side note, James VI/I's last name is spelled the French way because Darnley was his father. Thus the following 'Stuart' dynasty is [indirectly] named after Darnley)

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