This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1890. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Chap. 90.--Last words on Scotland. So far as Scotland is concerned trial by combat had no history after the Union. The private duel remained an unmastered evil for many a day,1 but the duel by royal license only once reappears in legal annals as so much as in contemplation. When Lord Ochiltrie w...as tried in the justiciary court in 1631 for slanderously imputing treason to the Marquis of A remarkable Hamilton, the chief witness against challenge. him was Lord Reay--a Scotch noble man who figures prominently in a future chapter.2 Reay's evidence was denied by 'the pannel, ' Lord Ochiltrie; and there was talk in the pleadings that, if the matter could not be otherwise unravelled, 'the pannel is ready to hazard his life in a duel to the glory of God and to the clearing of the truth.' Strange as such an exemplification of God's glory may seem, still stranger was Ochiltrie's other alternative. 'If his majesty is pleased to admit torture before a duel-trial, the pannel is ready with him i.e., Reay] to bear out the torture, and to be tried thereby with the said Lord Rea.' As things turned out, neither rack nor rapier was called into play; the verdict of a jury found the charge proven, and Ochiltrie spent his next twenty years as a prisoner in Blackness Castle.1 1 This is sufficiently vouched by Act of General Assembly of 12th August 1648, in Peterkin's Records of the Kirk, i. 516-17. Scots Acts, vi. part 2, 601 in 1650, 824 in 1654, x. 77 in 1696. The Scot abroad continued his fighting. See case of one Highlandman versus two Dutchmen (when the head of the one Hollander was cut off, and the skull of the other cloven to the chin) in Evelyn's Diary, 22nd April 1694. Evelyn, under same date, records another duel in England fought by a Scot named Laws, who was hanged for his ...Detailed info »« Brief info
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