Mary, Queen of Scots' Chambers

St. Margaret


Louis Davis (1860-1941)

Presented to King George V, 1927


St Margaret (c.1046-93) stands in a colourful, flower-filled meadow, with her husband, Malcolm III, behind her. She holds a scroll bearing a plan of Dunfermline Abbey, where their marriage took place in 1070. It was St Margaret’s son, David I, who founded the Abbey at Holyrood in 1128.

The stained glass artist Louis Davis (1860-1941) also designed windows for the chapel of the Order of the Thistle at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Dunblane Cathedral and Paisley Abbey. This panel of St Margaret was presented by the Duke of Atholl to King George V in 1927, in gratitude for the King’s support in establishing the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle in 1927.

The stained glass panel is displayed in the newly restored oak-panelled oratory or prayer niche of Mary, Queen of Scots. In Mary’s time, a window in this recess looked down directly onto the west entrance of Holyrood Abbey Church. The original ceiling panel of this small recess is decorated with the Cross of St Andrew encircled by a Royal Crown.

Stained glass panel

158 x 53 cm

RCIN 28821