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Mar 8, 2012

David Rizzio, the Italian secretary to Mary Queen of Scots, was murdered on March 9 1566 by a group of Scottish lords, including Lord Ruthven, the Earl of Morton and Lord Lindsay.

A vivid account of the murder of was written six decades later by Patrick Anderson in his History of Scotland:

’ These Lords entered, rushing together into the Queen’s dining room at supper time. Before her eyes, they attacked Rizzio with their swords beside the cupboard where he was eating meat from the Queen’s table- as servants of the Privy Chamber normally did. The Queen was heavily pregnant, trembling with fear. They pointed a pistol at her breast and she was in danger of immediate miscarriage. They pulled Rizzio out of her hands and dragged him into the outer chamber. All the time he screamed pitifully to the Queen, “Justice, justice, Madame! Save my life, save my life!”  but they most cruelly and without pity killed him’.

Rizzio’s body is thought to be buried within the World Heritage Site beside the eastern wall of the Canongate Kirk on the Royal Mile.

EWH are grateful for permission to use this extract from “The Edinburgh Book of Days” by Michael T.R.B. Turnbull, published by The History Press.
http://bit.ly/nxNKIh (www.thehistorypress.co.uk)

More tales from Edinburgh’s archives will appear later in March.

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