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OS1/34/40/39

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Town of Linlithgow -- Sheet 3 -- Trace 3

[Regent Murray continued from page 38]
"The Regent Murray was Shot in the Street of Linlithgow by Hamilton of
Bothwellhaugh. The house from which the assassin took aim is still shewn though from the
removal of the old front which projected considerably further out on to the Street than
the present, it must now present a very different appearance. Situated in the most narrow
part of the town where the Street is not many feet wide it presented a most
favourable position for the execution of the murder as the Regent on horseback was compelled
to advance Slowly owing to the multitude by which he was surrounded. Hamilton it is said
had the walls of the room hung with black cloth to prevent his Shadow being seen and the tradition
of the town is that the neighbouring lane leading to the back of the town where his horse was stationed
was choked with bushes and other substances to retard pursuit". -- New Stat. Acct. [Statistical Account of Peebles] page 172

"Regent Murray was shot in the Street of the town on the 23 January 1570 by Hamilton
of Bothwellhaugh. The house in which he lay concealed belonged to his uncle the
Archbishop of St. Andrews and was situated on the south side of the High Street a little
west from the Cross and had a projecting upper Storey in which the assassin took
his Stand". -- Sketch of the histy. [history] of the town and Palace 1845. page 26

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