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Bell The Cat

Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus (1449-1513). Also known as Bell-the-Cat, Angus was a supporter of Alexander, Duke of Albany, the brother of james III. He gained his nickname by telling his supporters 'I will bell the cat' when they complained of their inability to rid the king of his low-born favourites. Although he enjoyed a stormy relationship with James IV, he was chancellor between 1493 and 1497, and two of his sons, including his heir, died at The Battle of Flodden. He features in Marmion by Sir Walter Scott.

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