Duke of Monmouth

James Scott was born on 9 April 1649 the son of Charles II and his mistress Lucy Walter. Lucy died in Paris of venereal disease in 1658 so was spared the knowledge of her son's horrible death. James Scott was publicly beheaded on Tower Hill on 15 July 1685 after several blows of the axe by the executioner Jack Ketch. The portrait was painted by Henri Gascar in 1672 when Monmouth was Colonel of the 1st Troop of Horse Guards. His clothing give an idea of how senior cavalry officers dressed at that period.

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