Dismission of the Chaseabout Raid rebels, the Abbot of Kilwinning and James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, by Queen Elizabeth I, 1561

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Dismission of the Chaseabout Raid rebels, the Abbot of Kilwinning and James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray,  by Queen Elizabeth I, 1561 Stock Photo
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Dismission of the Chaseabout Raid rebels, the Abbot of Kilwinning and James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, by Queen Elizabeth I, 1561
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Illustration from Cassell's illustrated history of England published circa 1896. Following their unsuccesful revolt against Mary Queen of Scots were dismissed by Elizabeth (who had fomented the rebellion) for the benefit of foreign courts to "prove" she was innocent. From the text: The traitors, being in the pay, and having acted under the encouragement of Elizabeth, hastened up to London to seek refuge and fresh supplies at her Court. But Elizabeth, who had brought herself into ill odour by clandestinely fomenting and assisting the rebellious subjects of both Scotland and France, now looked askance on them, and would not admit them to her presence unless they would free her from all blame, by confessing before the French and Spanish ambassadors that she had had nothing to do with their rising. As they knew that this was to mystify the continental Courts, they consented, but they little anticipated the result. Murray, the Duke of Hamilton, and the Lord Abbot of Kilwinning being admitted, on their knees declared that the queen had no part in the conspiracy, which was entirely of their own concocting and executing. "Now," exclaimed this truthless queen, "ye have spoken the truth; get from my presence, traitors as ye are!"