Today in 1570, the Earl of Moray was assassinated with a firearm. This was the first instance of political assassination using a firearm in history. Mark the occasion by getting rid of your guns. Seriously. you don’t need them. The British aren’t coming.

Well, in the case of Moray, they weren’t coming because everyone was already British. But that’s neither here nor there.

Moray was assassinated by James Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh, who was himself a supporter of Moray’s sister, Mary, Queen of Scots, who was at that time being held by the English. As the Earl of Moray was passing underneath him in the main street in Linlithgow, Hamilton shot him from a window.

 

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