Mary, Queen of Scots: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

Shortly after I found the news item about the skull watch, I ran across this beer ad, which struck me as quite funny.  Advertising certainly was different decades ago, but it’s hard to imagine a time when an imprisoned Queen Mary’s interest in beer would inspire a Canadian to rush out and buy a bottle!

The watch, presented by Mary to her attendant Mary Seaton, is from the sixteenth century.  The forehead of the skull is engraved with a figure of death between a palace and a cottage, and a quotation in Latin: “Pale death visits with impartial foot the cottages of the poor and castles of the rich” (Horace).  I was curious as to where the watch is now, but all I have found so far is that it was loaned by the Seaton family for display in the 1880s.

You can see an engraving of the watch here.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald Tribune ~ May 16, 1940

Grande Prairie Herald Tribune ~ May 16, 1940

Grande Prairie Herald ~ July 10, 1921

Grande Prairie Herald ~ July 10, 1921