#On This Day – Chairs

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

#OnThisDay

James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray and Regent of Scotland, was assassinated on 23 January 1570 by James Hamilton, a supporter of Mary Queen of Scots. Stewart became the first head of government to be assassinated by a fire arm after Hamilton fatally wounded him with a carbine shot as he was riding in a cavalcade through Linlithgow. Hamilton eventually left for France and aligned himself with the Guise family. Whilst in France Hamilton was asked to assassinate the Admiral of France, Gaspard de Coligny, a Huguenot leader, but Hamilton refused.

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