'Mary, Queen of Scots' fountain column to go on display

16th century fountain column Legend said the fountain flowed with wine in 1745

A 16th century fountain column linked to Mary, Queen of Scots is to go on display as part of an exhibition exploring her life.

The column was part of a water feature installed in the courtyard of Linlithgow Palace at the court of Mary's father, James V.

The fountain, which dates to around 1538, is thought to be one of the oldest surviving in the UK.

Legend said it flowed with wine when Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed in 1745.

The column, which has never been loaned before, is being cleaned by Historic Scotland before travelling to be installed at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

It will feature in the museum's Mary, Queen of Scots exhibition celebrating the monarch's life through objects connected to her.

The exhibition opens on Friday 28 June.

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