The Tudor Society

November 28 – Francis Yaxley and the gold her carried for Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots, depicted in her white mourning garb by François Clouet, 1560.

On this day in Tudor history, 28th November 1565, Francis Yaxley set sail for Scotland from Antwerp.

The member of Parliament and political agent was carrying gold to Scotland for Mary, Queen of Scots. However, his ship was wrecked in a storm and he never reached Scotland, and neither did the gold.

But why was Francis Yaxley carrying gold? Who was it from and what happened to it?

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