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Was it Murder? John Comyn of Badenoch and William, Earl of Douglas

W. D. H. Sellar

in Perspectives on the Older Scottish Tongue

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622818
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653362 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622818.003.0011
Was it Murder? John Comyn of Badenoch and William, Earl of Douglas

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This chapter revisits two of the most famous killings in later medieval Scotland, almost invariably referred to by historians as ‘murder’, to see how they are described by contemporaries: the killing of John Comyn of Badenoch by Robert Bruce and others in the Church of Greyfriars in Dumfries in February 1305–6; and the killing of William 8th earl of Douglas by James II and others in Stirling Castle in February 1451–1. The chapter asks whether these killings amounted to murder in the eyes of contemporaries.

Keywords: killings; murder; medieval Scotland; John Comyn; Robert Bruce; William; James II

Chapter.  3437 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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