On 15 May 1567, Mary Queen of Scots married her 3rd husband, James Hepburn 4th Earl of Bothwell.The pair are believed to have met in the autumn of 1560, when the Earl visited France and was received by the Queen and her first husband, King
Francis II. Mary went on to marry her cousin Lord Darnley, who in February 1567 was murdered and Bothwell was formally accused of playing a role. In April 1567, Mary was abducted by Bothwell and his men, taken to Dunbar Castle and held
prisoner. They returned to Edinburgh in early May and Mary created Bothwell the Duke of Orkney and Marquis of Fife.The couple married shortly after and this was deeply unpopular as many were shocked that the Queen married the man accused of murdering her husband. An uprising took place and Lord Bothwell fled, taking exile and was eventually imprisoned in Denmark, where he died a decade later in 1578.