James Stewart 1st Earl Moray House Stewart illegitimate son King James V Regent Scotland assassination 1570 Lord assassinated

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James Stewart 1st Earl Moray House Stewart illegitimate son King James V Regent Scotland assassination 1570 Lord assassinated
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James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray (c. 1531 – 23 January 1570), a member of the House of Stewart as the illegitimate son of King James V, was Regent of Scotland for his nephew, the infant King James VI of Scotland, from 1567 until his assassination in 1570. Before 1562 he was known as 'Lord James.' Moray was assassinated in Linlithgow on 23 January 1570 by James Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh, a supporter of Mary. Hamilton, using a gun, shot and fatally wounded Moray from a window at his uncle John Hamilton's house as Moray was passing in a cavalcade in the main street below. It was the first recorded assassination by a firearm. The Regent's body was shipped to Leith then taken to Holyrood Abbey. He was buried on 14 February 1570 in St. Anthony's aisle at St. Giles, Edinburgh. Seven earls and lords carried his body; William Kirkcaldy of Grange held his standard, and John Knox preached at the funeral. Moray's tomb was carved by John Roytell and Murdoch Walker, with a brass engraved by James Gray. His wife, Agnes was buried inside his tomb when she died in 1588.