In the summer of 1564 Mary, Queen of Scots travelled through the Highlands to Easter Ross. She stopped at Beauly Priory before visiting Dingwall, capital of the Earldom of Ross. It is known that Mary was touched by the beauty of the priory, which was enhanced by a fine orchard. She is reputed to have said: "Oui, c'est un beau lieu" (Yes, it is a beautiful place), a pun on the name of the Priory, which is derived from Bello Loco, Latin for "beautiful place". Mary frequently stayed in monasteries during her progresses, because they had the necessary accommodation and supplies for royal guests. Her host, Walter Reid, was the Protestant commendator of Kinloss Abbey and Beauly Priory. During the civil wars, which followed the flight of Mary into England in 1568, Reid initially favoured the Queen's Party, but he later joined the King's Party, the supporters of the infant James VI.