The Castles, Palaces, and Prisons of Mary of Scotland

The Castles, Palaces, and Prisons of Mary of Scotland

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...with the young king, towards the end of the feast a bull's head was placed before him; he immediately understood the fatal symbol,1 1 Gubernator, assentiente Cancellario... Amotis epules taurmum caput apponi jubet. Idem enim est apud nostratca supplicii capitales symbolum. Boethius, p. 363. 1 Scots Hist., p. 237; Drummond, p. 21. Godscroft's Hist, of the House of Douglas, vol. i., p. 287; Auchinleck, p. 35. 3 Carta James III., Arch. Edin. 4 Conveners ac Blue Blanket. 3 Visit of King George IV., by the Author, p. 23. 232 MURDER OK THE DOUGLAS AND M. FLEMING. edinburgh Castle. and sprang from the table; but he and his brother, who was with him, were instantly seized by armed men, and, notwithstanding the tears and entreaties of the young monarch, they were dragged to the outer court of the castle and there butchered, after having undergone a mock trial, at which the king was compelled to preside.1 In allusion to this deed of blood Godscroft quotes the following stanza from an ancient ballad: --"Edinburgh castle, town, aud tower, i God grant thou sink for sin, And that even for the black dinner Earl Douglas gat therein." Three days after the execution of these noblemen, Malcolm Fleming of Cumbernauld was brought to trial on a charge of treason, and beheaded on the same spot, still wet with the blood of his chief. In 1482, James III., having by his weak councils and suspicious temper involved the nation in turbulence and bloodshed, was confined by his nobles in this castle, in which he endured a captivity of nine months. The Duke of Albany, whom he had highly disobliged, was at length prevailed upon by the tears and importunities of the queen to attempt the rescue of his brother and sovereign; and he accordingly appointed some friends more

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  • English
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