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In the show Reign, the character Greer is loosely based on Mary Beaton.

Mary Beaton
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Biographical Information
Real Name: Mary Beaton
Title: Lady Beaton

The Four Marys

Born: 1532
Death: January 1598
Age: 66
Religion: Catholic
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Originally From: Scotland
Parents: Robert Beaton (Father)

Joanna Renwall (Mother)

Husband: Alexander Ogilvy
Children: James Oglivy (Son)
TV Character Information
First appearance: Pilot
Portrays: Lady Greer
Portrayed by: Celina Sinden

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Mary Beaton a Scottish noblewoman and childhood companion of Mary, Queen of Scots. She and three other Ladies-in-Waiting were collectively known as "The Four Marys".


Mary was born in 1543, the third of five children of Robert Beaton and Joanna Renwall. Mary's mother was one of Marie de Guise's Ladies-in-Waiting. Her aunt, Janet Beaton was a mistress of Lord Bothwell, who would in 1567, become the third husband of Queen Mary.

In 1548, at the age of five, Mary Beaton was chosen by Marie de Guise to accompany her daughter Mary, Queen of Scots, to France. She, along with three other girls who also accompanied the Queen, became known as the "Four Marys."

Later in life

Mary, described as having been pretty and plump, with fair hair and dark eyes, attracted the attentions of an older man, Thomas Randolph. At the time of the courtship, in 1564, Randolph was 45 and Mary was 21. Randolph was Queen Elizabeth's English Ambassador to the Scottish court, and wanted Mary Beaton to spy on her mistress for him, which she refused to do. Mary Beaton eventually married Alexander Ogilvy of Boyne in April 1566, having one son, James, born in 1568. Little else is known of her life.

After the execution of Queen Mary, it was claimed by the writer Adam Blackwood in 1587 that Mary Beaton's handwriting was similar to the Queen's and so some of her private letters might have formed the basis for the casket letters produced to incriminate Queen Mary.

She died in 1598 at the age of 55.


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