IN his article about the rosary belonging to Queen Mary I, Hamish MacPherson refers to her as “Scotland’s only Queen Regnant” but this is not so (Rosary theft a national loss for Scotland, May 25). As an independent country we had four Queens Regnant. Our first was Queen Margaret, know as the Maid of Norway, who succeeded her grandfather King Alexander III in 1286. Then Mary I, Mary II and lastly Anne, who was the last monarch of an independent Scotland.
Regarding royalty, there have been a few comments about the Windsors not being impartial about Scottish independence, and some suggesting that, for this reason, we should become a republic. Don’t judge all royalty by the House of Windsor. Scotland is the oldest monarchy in Europe and I see no reason to change that.
Personally, I would like us to have our own royal family with a down-to-earth, approachable, slimlined monarchy like some of our European neighbours have. Those of us in favour of independence often look to Norway as an example of how we could do things. On the dissolution of the union with Sweden, Norway chose to have a king of their own rather than continue to share one with Sweden or become a republic, and they offered the throne to a Danish Prince. My own choice would be to see the Stuarts restored, thus having a link back to our early monarchs.
Monarchs tend to be able to unite a people in a…