London: A slipper dating back to the 17th century, found under a bed on the island of Canna, has been preserved carefully in a storage box.
The National Trust for Scotland, which owns the isle off Skye, said the artefact was so rare that a storage box has been specially made to preserve it.
The slipper called mule, a type of backless footwear, was found with a label with the words: ‘Queen Mary’s Slipper’.
However, experts have dated the shoe to after Mary Queen of Scots was executed.
The well-worn shoe was discovered in the former home of Margaret Fay Shaw who, with her husband John Lorne Campbell, gathered one of the largest archives of Gaelic culture, reports The BBC.
Magda Sagarzazu, the trust’s manager on Canna, found the slipper and funding from the McCorquodale Charitable Trust helped conserve it.
The slipper was made from satin, silk, leather and metal and has been dated to between the 1640s and 1660s.
Queen Mary was executed in 1587 at the age of 44.