THE TOWER OF LONDON

Truly a world-class tourist attraction but with a brutal history. Sir
Simon Fraser, known as "The Patriot" was captured fighting for Robert the Bruce and was held in the Tower before being brutally executed, his head was then displayed beside his compatriot, the great Scots hero, William Wallace at London Bridge. (Visit Almondvale Country Park, West Lothian and see the memorial stone raised, in the19th Century to Sir Simon) Thanks to Historic
Scotland for use of their image of William Wallace.

 


The 11th Lord Lovat, the Red Fox, was imprisoned, then executed on 9 April 1747, the last person to be beheaded at the Tower Lovat was beheaded on Tower Hill, not within the Tower. (The last person to be beheaded within the Tower walls was the Earl of Essex in 1601, for his Jacobite sympathies.) Although an Octogenarian he went to his death full of humour,
it is worth repeating his last remarks just before he was beheaded. A woman called from the crowd. "you'll loose your head, you old Scottish dog". He called back cheerfully. "I believe I shall, you old english bitch. "


The Tower of London is home to the English Crown Jewels, the eight ravens and the 38 Beefeaters and their families. In it's 1,000 year history it has been a Royal Palace, treasury, record office, armoury, Royal Mint, Royal Zoo and of course, a prison.

website: www.hrp.org.uk
advanced tickets: 0870 756 7070
recorded information: 0870 756 6060


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WILLIAM WALLACE
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