Execution of Jacobite Prisoners

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Execution of Jacobite Prisoners

Execution of Jacobite Prisoners


25 February 1715





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A newspaper article from 'The Post Boy' containing news about the Jacobite Rebellion.

The newspaper also contains about the 'Execution of James Radcliffe, Earl of Derwentwater, and William Gordon, Viscount Kenmure' (Back Page Column 1)

The date change in those days occurred in late March and not January 1st, 'Yesterday morning, at about ten of the clock, James Radcliffe, Earl of Derwentwater, and William Gordon, Viscount Kenmure, two of the six lords who pleaded guilty to the articles of impeachment exhibited against them by the House of Commons, were carry'd from the Tower to the Transport Office upon Tower Hill, where a room was hung in black for their reception...', The Earl delivered a speach after which 'the executioner at one blow sever'd his head from his body, about eleven o'clock'. Kenmure followed without a speech '... and the executioner did his office about twelve o'clock'', An escapee? 'The Earl of Nithisdale is said to have escaped out of the Tower in disguise', With deferrment of execution of other lords.


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