After Mary, Queen of Scots abdicated, the Earl of Moray made himself regent and governed Scotland on behalf of James VI. This divided the Scots into the Marians, those who supported Mary, and the King’s Party, those who supported Moray. Within a year, Mary, who had been imprisoned on an island in Loch Leven Castle, escaped and led her troops at the Battle of Langside. After she was defeated, Mary fled from Scotland.
Pupils could create a diagram, such as a pair of scales or a balance, to contrast the positive and negative consequences of Morton's actions. After further study, add the problems that followed.