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Sinclair Dates: August 23.
In 1485: Henry VII Tudor,
King of England
In 1305: Wallace executed, Scots patriot Sir William Wallace was hung,
drawn, and quartered in London, his body parts were later exhibited in
assorted English cities. His barbaric murder came as a result of his
efforts to free Scotland English occupati on. Wallace was the catalyst
that nine years later led to Scotland's independence.
Wallace was brought before a bench of English noblemen in Westminster
Hall. A long and accurate indictment was read detailing all Wallace's
military victories and the murder of sundry English prisoners-of-war.
Wallace was not allowed to talk, to champion his actions and the
sentence was read. Wallace tried to speak out at one point. The Record
shows that he yelled out admitting all charges against him except
treason. How could he be guilty of high treason if he had never sworn
allegiance to the King of England? This defence was valid but of
little benefit to the murderous bench of medieval English judges.
Revenge not justice was the dish of the day.
Tomorrow: August 24.
In 1542: Battle of Haddon Rigg, near Kelso.
In 1346: B. Crecy, Edward III of England defeats France.
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