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October Lecture: Mary of Guelders and the Architecture of Queenship in Fifteenth-Century Scotland

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mary of Guelders from the Seton Armorial, 1591, National Library of Scotland (MS Acc. 9309).

This will be a hybrid event hosted by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland which will take place both in Augustine United Church and online. However, it may be necessary, due to any future local restrictions imposed because of the pandemic, to move certain events to fully online only. 

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Lecture will be presented by Dr Rachel Delman BA(Hons) MPhil DPhil FHEA FSAScot

During her widowhood, Mary of Guelders, Queen of Scots, pursued an energetic programme of architectural patronage, including renovations to Falkland Palace in Fife, and the commissioning of Ravenscraig Castle (Fife) and Trinity Collegiate Kirk and hospital outside Edinburgh. Recent dendrochronology at St Giles’ Kirk in Edinburgh also suggests that her patronage was more extensive than previously thought. In this lecture, I will explore how Mary’s building projects articulated messages regarding her gender, piety, power and status during her son’s minority.

Lecturer Details

Dr Rachel Delman is the Heritage Partnerships Coordinator at the University of Oxford. She previously held fellowships at the universities of York and Edinburgh, having completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2017. Rachel’s research investigates women’s patronage of architecture in late medieval Britain. She has published in several major academic journals, including the Journal of Medieval History, Urban History and Viator. Her research on Mary of Guelders is forthcoming as an article in the Scottish Historical Review.

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October 20
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL United Kingdom

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