Media release: Lord James Bothwell returns

AT the time when his descendants begin the process of founding a memorial fund to repatriate his remains from Denmark, Lord James Bothwell receives a boost to his character in the form of a new novel – Lord James – in which the 4th Earl of Bothwell appears as a hero rather than the underhand abductor and controversial third husband to Mary Queen of Scots – as has been his traditional portrayal.

Already a widely acclaimed bestseller in France, with over 30,000 copies sold, author Catherine Hermary-Vieille paints a vivid picture of a tragic romance.

Unlike other accounts of Mary’s life, the lovers’ story is told from James’ perspective and offers a fresh take on a romance that has fascinated readers for centuries.

“Lord James remains in exile. It is the desire of his descendants that his body be returned to Scotland and given a Christian burial. It is with this in mind that we have started discussion to found the Bothwell Memorial Fund involving supporters across the world; in Scotland, Europe, Australia and America … Though the Earl of Bothwell’s battles are long finished, his descendants are still battling on his behalf.” Sir Alastair Buchan-Hepburn, descendant of James Hepburn.

In light or recent event cancellations owing to the weather, Catherine Hermary-Vieille will be available for interview this lunch-time (Tuesday 7th) at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh at 12pm. Interviews will take place over lunch and by appointment only. Catherine will leave Scotland the following day (Wednesday 8th) around 12pm. She will be available for interview by appointment until this time.

Please contact Robin Jones at or 0131 225 4326 to arrange an appointment.

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Contact: Robin Jones