An Awesome Historical Women: Mary Queen of Scots (8 December 1542 – 8 February 1587), also known as Mary Stuart or Mary I, reigned over Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567. I’m not going to lie, Mary Queen of Scots is my home girl. Like hats off to this lady for what she has been through in life. So much respect for this lady. So simple, yet so powerful. I can’t really explain what it is about Mary that I love so much. She wasn’t the political genius her cousin Elizabeth was. She didn’t redefine the image of female monarchs, conversely she probably confirmed negative judgments about women rulers. But she was tough and melodramatic and a fabulous Queen!