The ball in the picture above was found in the 1970s. It was tucked up in the ceiling rafters of a bedroom in Stirling Castle.
The bedroom once belonged to the elegant lady in this painting. Her name was Mary, Queen of Scots.
Mary ruled Scotland from 1542 to 1567. She became queen when she was only six days old!
The bedroom ceiling was enclosed with wooden panels in the 1540s so the ball was probably kicked up there accidentally before that.
This portrait of Mary is by an unknown artist. Its title is Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542-1587.
© Scottish National Portrait Gallery.