Mary Stuart, Hugh Montgomerie, and Seagate Castle bronze plaque in Irvine

Seagate Castle Treaty of Irvine signed in the old castle 9th July 1297. Mary Queen of Scots, with her "four Maries" Mary Beaton, Mary Seaton, Mary Fleming & Mary Livingstone visited the castle, 1st August 1563 and was entertained by Hugh, 3rd Earl of Eglinton, one of her most faithful adherents. "I was the Queen o' bonnie France and I'm the sovereign of Scotland."

Mary, Queen of Scots (7/8 December 1542 – 8 February 1587), also known as Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland, was queen regnant of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567 and queen consort of France from 10 July 1559 to 5 December 1560.Mary, the only surviving legitimate child of King James V of Scotland, was 6 days old when her father died and she acceded to the throne. She spent most of her childhood in France while Scotland was ruled by regents, and in 1558, she married the Dauphin of France, Francis. He ascended the French throne as King Francis II in 1559, and Mary briefly became queen consort of France, until his death on 5 December 1560. Widowed, Mary returned to Scotland, arriving in Leith on 19 August 1561. Four years later, she married her first cousin, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, but their union was unhappy. In February 1567, his residence was destroyed by an explosion, and Darnley was found murdered in the garden.James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, was generally believed to have orchestrated Darnley's death, but he was acquitted of the charge in April 1567, and the following month he married Mary. Following an uprising against the couple, Mary was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle. On 24 July 1567, she was forced to abdicate in favour of James, her one-year-old son by Darnley. After an unsuccessful attempt to regain the throne, she fled southwards seeking the protection of her first cousin once removed, Queen Elizabeth I of England. Mary had previously claimed Elizabeth's throne as her own and was considered the legitimate sovereign of England by many English Catholics, including participants in a rebellion known as the Rising of the North. Perceiving her as a threat, Elizabeth had her confined in a number of castles and manor houses in the interior of England. After eighteen and a half years in custody, Mary was found guilty of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth, and was subsequently executed.

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Hugh Montgomerie, 3rd Earl of Eglinton (c. 1531 – 1585), great-grandson of Hugh Montgomerie, 1st Earl of Eglinton; student of St. Mary's College, St. Andrews, 1662; visited Mary Stuart in France and returned in her train, 1560; supported Mary's Roman Catholic policy but had no connection with Lord Darnley's murder. He opposed Mary's marriage to the Earl of Bothwell. He joined her after her escape from Loch Leven Castle and fought for her at the Battle of Langside in 1548. He subscribed his obedience to Regent Arran in 1571. He endeavoured to secure toleration for Roman Catholics in 1573. He was made a Privy Councillor in 1578 and subscribed order for prosecution of the Hamiltons in 1579. He was one of the assize for Morton's trial in 1581 and formally approved the Ruthven Raid in 1582.

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Seagate Castle is a castle in North Ayrshire, in the town of Irvine, close to the River Irvine, Scotland. The castle was formerly a stronghold, a town house, and later a dower house of the Montgomery Clan. The castle overlooks the oldest street in Irvine, which was once the main route between the town and the old harbour at Seagatefoot, which by 1606 was useless and abandoned. The remains of the castle are protected as a category A listed building.

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