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The Assassination of James Stewart, Earl of Moray

On this day in Scottish History

On 23 January 1570, James Stewart, Earl of Moray, regent for James VI, is assassinated in Linlithgow by James Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh who was armed with a rifled matchlock carbine. The killing is often incorrectly stated to be the first-ever assassination by firearm.

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