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Haughty Douglas

Stirling Castle

William, eighth Earl of Douglas. in 1451, having been invited by King James the Second to Stirling Castle,
and splendidly entertained, the monarch, after supper, took him aside into a secret chamber, and there proceeded so remonstrate with him concerning a
rebellious league he had entered into with the Earls of Crawford and Ross.

The haughty Douglas positively refused to break the confederacy; when the king drew a short sword and stabbed him, exclaiming:

” If you will not break this league, I shall. “



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