You need to have JavaScript enabled to view this video clip.


At two o'clock in the morning of Monday, 10 February 1567, Kirk o' Field house - where Darnley was staying - was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion. However, Darnley’s body was not found amongst the wreckage. Instead, he was found strangled in the grounds.

It still remains uncertain who was responsible for the murder of Lord Darnley. Mary, Queen of Scots was convinced she had been an intended victim of the plot too. Mary's enemies claimed the Earl of Bothwell was behind the murder. Others claimed Darnley fell victim to his own failed plot to kill Mary.
This clip is from:
First broadcast:
25 January 2002

Classroom Ideas

Students could explore the different murder theories and suspects, and discuss which seem most likely. What do we know about the Craigmillar Bond, what it contained and who was involved in the plot?