When James became king, the
Earl of Mar was made his guardian. His wife, Lady Annabella Murray,
the Countess of Mar, organised the royal household at Stirling Castle.
She was responsible for looking after James when he was a boy. George
Buchanan, one of the most learned men in Scotland, was appointed to
supervise his education. James proved to be an able scholar.
This is the earliest surviving letter of James
VI, written in his own hand when he was about 6 years old. He refers
to the Countess as Lady ‘Minny’ an affectionate Scots word
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Match the old Scots words to the modern
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Modern words = fruit,
you, give, while, please, show, when
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