Remarks on the Character of Mary of Gueldres, Consort of King James the Second of Scotland; in connextion with an attempt to determine the Place of her Interment in Trinity College Church, Edinburgh
Mary of Guelders, Grave, Human remains, Mental illness, Original documents
Collegiate Church of the Holy Trinity, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
1463, Fifteenth century, Stuart
David Laing argues that the second skeleton found beneath the Collegiate Church of the Holy Trinity in Edinburgh is Mary of Guelders, the church's founder. He points to the more central burial location beneath the high altar and assumptions about when each part of the church was built as evidence in favour of his argument. He also discusses a report on the remains which claimed that this person was between 20-30, physically frail and may have had a learning disability. Rather than dismissing these claims, Laing suggests that there is no historical evidence that conclusively proves them false.