from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Scottish Protestant nobleman and third husband of Mary Queen of Scots who was suspected of plotting the murder of her second husband, Lord Darnley (1567). Soon after wedding Mary he fled Scotland, was captured, and died in a Danish prison.


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  • While my father commanded in Bothwell Castle, and was sending out auxiliaries to the patriotic chief, I too felt nothing but the inspiration which led them on, and saw nothing but the victory which must crown so just a cause.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • But the fact was, he lurked about in Bothwell wood; and from its recesses saw Cressingham's lieutenant march by to take possession of the castle in the king's name.

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  • My Marion sleeps in Bothwell: The faithful Halbert at her feet.

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  • HEN Wallace was left alone with Edwin, the happy youth (after expressing delight that Murray then held his head-quarters in Bothwell Castle) took from his bosom two packets; one from Lord Mar, the other from the countess.

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  • "Command even there," said the earl; "your uncle Bothwell is too true a Scot to grudge a sword in so pious a cause."

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  • "Your ladyship means Sergeant Francis Stewart, whom we call Bothwell?" said Claverhouse, smiling.

    Old Mortality, Complete

  • "Your ladyship means Sergeant Francis Stewart, whom we call Bothwell?" said Claverhouse, smiling.

    Old Mortality, Volume 1.

  • Wallace received the latter with a glad smile; and taking him warmly by the hand, "Gallant Murray," said he, "with such assistance, I hope to reinstate your brave uncle in Bothwell Castle, and soon to cut a passage to even a mightier rescue!

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  • – "I will not try them," returned Wallace, with a resigned smile; "my presence in Bothwell Chapel shall not pluck danger on the head of my dauntless Murray.

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  • But though this transaction might have recalled Bothwell and the queen of Scots from their infatuation, and might have instructed them in the dispositions of the people, as well as in their own inability to oppose them, they were still resolute to rush forward to their own manifest destruction.

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I.


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