The mid to late 16th century in Scotland was a perilous time for those in power. The murder of David Rizzio at Holyrood in 1567 and the subsequent murder of Lord Darnley in Edinburgh bear testament to the danger for the aristocracy. A particular group that bore the brunt of early demises during this period seems to have been regents of the throne. Regent Lennox was shot in 1571 and Regent Moray was executed ten years later. Sandwiched between these deaths, however, is an interesting case that is claimed as being the first assassination to be carried out by a...

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