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John de Strathbogie

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John de Strathbogie, Earl of Athole, attempted to escape from Scotland, but a storm cast him upon the Scottish coast where he was taken prisoner and sent to London, where he was execested under circumstances of great barbarity, he was half-strangled, and while yet alive
lowered from the gibbet, disembowelled, and his body burned.

This was a mitigated punishment; for in respect that
his mother was a granddaughter of King John, by his natural son Richard, he was not drawn on a sledge to execution, ‘‘that point being forgiven,” and he was permitted to make the passage on horseback. King Edward, who was extremely ill, ‘‘received great ease”
when he heard that his relative was apprehended and executed.



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