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Perspectives on the Older Scottish Tongue$
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Christian Kay and Margaret Mackay

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622818

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622818.001.0001

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

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

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(p.132) Chapter 11 Was it Murder? John Comyn of Badenoch and William, Earl of Douglas
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Perspectives on the Older Scottish Tongue
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W. D. H. Sellar

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622818.003.0011

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

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