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The fleet sent by King Henry II of France sailed from Dumbarton, and arrived in Brittany around a week later. Mary was accompanied by her own court, including two half-brothers (King James V fathered nine known illegitimate children), the ‘four Marys’ – girls of her own age from noble Scottish families, all named Mary – and Janet, Lady Fleming, her appointed governess and half-sister of Mary’s father.
National Records of Scotland In 1550, aged just seven, Mary wrote to her mother, Marie de Guise, who had remained in Scotland. Mary’s earliest known letter, it was written in French, and explained that her French envoy de Brezé had ‘instructions from the King to tell you all the latest news, which prevents me from writing you a longer letter.’