The History of Leith

June 29, 2011

James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton

James Douglas, jure uxoris 4th Earl of Morton (c. 1525 – 2 June 1581) was the last of the four regents of Scotland during the minority of King James VI. He was in some ways the most successful of the four, since he did manage to win the civil war which had been dragging on with the supporters of the exiled Mary, Queen of Scots. However he came to an unfortunate end: during his time as regent he introduced the maiden, a primitive guillotine, to Scotland, and he was eventually executed by it himself. for more click here

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