Tower of London - Prisoners - James Radcliffe, Earl of Derwentwater - William Gordon, Viscount Kenmure

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Tower of London - Prisoners - James Radcliffe, Earl of Derwentwater - William Gordon, Viscount Kenmure

Tower of London - Prisoners - James Radcliffe, Earl of Derwentwater - William Gordon, Viscount Kenmure

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1715

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TOL PRISON [13]

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A newspaper containing an article about the 'Execution of James Radcliffe, Earl of Derwentwater, and William Gordon, Viscount Kenmure', From: The Post Boy (25 February 1715), back page, col. 1. NB 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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