History of Leith, Edinburgh

December 29, 2012

James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton

James Douglas, jure uxoris 4th Earl of Morton (c. 1516 – 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—he was executed by means of the Maiden, a primitive guillotine, which he himself had introduced to Scotland during his time as regent.for more click here

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