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HISTORY

O F

SCOTLAND

DURING THE REIGNS OF

Queen MARY and of King JAMES VI.

TILL

His Accession to the Crown of England,
With A

Review of the Scottish History previous to that Period•,
And an Appendix containing Original Papers.

IN TWO VOLUMES.
By WILLIAM ROBERTSON, D.D.

PRINCIPAL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, AND
HISTORIOGRAPHER TO HIS MAJESTY FOR SCOTLAND.

VOLUME II.

- THE FOURTEENTH EDITION,
With the Author's last Emendations and Additions.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR T. CADELL, IN THE STRAND.

THE

HISTORY

O F

SCOTLAND.

BOOK VI.

f | H E unexpected blow, by which the re- Book gent was cut off, struck the king's party v 1

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with the utmost consternation. Elizabeth bewailed his death as the most fatal disaster occafionwhich could have befallen her kingdom j and was regmfs" inconsolable to a degree that little suited her dig- deatl'nity. Mary's adherents exulted, as if now her restoration were not only certain, but near at hand. The infamy of the crime naturally fell on those who expressed such indecent joy at the commission of it; and as the assassin made his escape on a horse which belonged to lord Claud Hamilton, and fled directly to Hamilton, where he was received in triumph, it was concluded that the regent had fallen a sacrifice to the resentment of the queen's party, rather than to the revenge of a private man. On the day after the Vol. II. B murder,

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