Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland One of the World's finest houses - Mount Stuart, ancestral home of the Marquess of Bute, is a stupendous example of Victorian Gothic architecture set amidst 300 acres of gloriously landscaped gardens. Spectacular interiors include the stunning White Marble Chapel and magnificent Marble Hall complete with kaleidoscopic stained glass.
Elizabeth (Bess), Countess of Shrewsbury (c.1525–1608); she and her fourth husband, George Talbot, "hosted" Mary, Queen of Scots for many years of her captivity in England. Bess was also grandmother to Arbella Stuart, whom many considered heiress to Elizabeth I through their common ancestor, Henry VII
A charming portrait of Arbella Stuart with her many pets. Arbella was Bess, Countess of Shrewsbury's grandchild and ward. Bess hoped that Queen Elizabeth I would name her Stuart/Tudor relation Arbella as her successor.