The History of Leith

September 25, 2008

The reputed grave of David Riccio-Canongate Churchyard Edinburgh

(c) John Arthur

David Rizzio, sometimes written as David Riccio or David Rizzo (c. 1533 – March 9, 1566) was an Italian courtier, born in Turin, the son of a music teacher, who rose to become the private secretary of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary’s husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, is said to have been jealous of their friendship, and joined in a conspiracy of Protestant nobles to murder him. The murder was the catalyst for the downfall of Darnley and had serious consequences for Mary’s subsequent career. for more click here

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