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Dying like a bridegroom.

May 20, 2011

The 21st May is the anniversary of the execution of James Graham, Marquis of Montrose (1612 – 1650). He led his army of Highlanders and Irishmen to victory after victory over the Scots Covenanting enemies of King Charles I. Montrose was eventually betrayed and hanged on a thirty-foot gibbet at Edinburgh Market Cross. It is reported that he went to his death ‘like a bridegroom’  with even one of the hangmen in tears.

The following is attributed to him:  

‘He either fears his fate too much

Or his deserts too small

That dares not put it to the touch

To gain or lose it all’





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