Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary was held in the custody of George Talbot for 15 years, 14 of them in Sheffield, often at Manor Lodge. She arrived having been Queen of both France and Scotland. She had married three times and borne a son, James, who would go on to become the first monarch of both England and Scotland.
After Mary was implicated in the murder of her second husband she fled from Scotland. She sought the support of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, to raise an army and regain the Scottish crown. The threat posed by the Catholic Mary meant Elizabeth imprisoned her instead. Though a prisoner, Mary was treated as a Queen, at great expense to Bess and George. She may have helped design the Turret House ceiling. She eventually left the custody of George for another jailor before being executed in 1587.