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English: A panel depicting the murder of David Rizzio inside Holyrood Palace in 1566. It is one of four panels showing incidents in the family history of, the Scotts of Buccleuch and appears on the statue of the 5th Duke (1806-1884) which stands outside the High Kirk of St. Giles in Edinburgh.
"The King was before gone up to the Queen, and was leaning upon her chair, when the Lord Ruthven entered with his helmet upon his head, and George Douglas and divers others with them so rudely and irreverently that the table, candles, meat and dishes were overthrown. Riccio took the Queen about the waist, crying for mercy, but George Douglas plucked out the King's dagger, and stroked Riccio first with it, leaving it sticking in him. He making great shrieks and cries was rudely snatched from the Queen, who could not prevail either with threats or entreaties to save him. But he was forcibly drawn out forth the closet and slain in the outer hall and Her Majesty kept as a captive." -- Memoirs of Sir James Melville of Halhill
Date 6 May 2011
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Author Kim Traynor


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