The Protestant Henry Stewart, also known as "Lord Darnley", was the son of Matthew Stewart and Margaret Douglas, the daughter of Margaret Tudor, the sister of King Henry VIII of England. Lord Darnley's mother was a descendant of William Douglas, 2nd Earl of Angus, who was a grandson of King Robert III, a descendant of the Scottish Black King Kenneth the Niger, through his great-grandfather Robert the Bruce. The six foot tall Darnley's hopes was to become King of England upon the death of Elizabeth, and then marry his first cousin Mary of Scots, to assure his dreams. The dark-skinned Darnley, following his marriage, was often passed over to hold Imani political position in state affairs, since Scotland and England opposed his ambitions, and viewed him as immature, selfish, high-minded, and quick tempered. Lord Darnley's marriage to his cousin Mart was strictly political, and after realizing his chances to become King of England was more difficult as planned, compelled the young Prince to act psychotic. His drinking and boisterous-behavior seriously placed him in odds with powerful Scottish-Protestants, whom showed greater interest in Elizabeth I, who distrusted Darnley.
Darnley's foolish arrogance and other vicious habits drove him to become immensely jealous of Mary's private secretary David Rizzio, whom Darnley believed to be her lover. It was not long afterwards that the young Prince with friends plotted and killed the short dark-skinned Italian in the presence of Mary, while she carried child. The screaming Rizzio was drugged from Mary's supper table and stabbed and hacked over fifty-six times, which caused Mary to lose all respect for Darnley followed by a long separation. However, in A.D 1567 they agreed to meet and settle their differences at Kirk o' Field.
The double met at the house apartment just outside the dirt walls, and within a few days Mart left the apartment to attend some happy event in Edinburgh. However, within a few hours following her departure the house was blown up with gunpowder.