Sir Brian O'Rourke is executed at Tyburn (69 words)

Historical Context Note

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Sir Brian O'Rourke is executed at Tyburn for treason in Ireland. He had become discontented with English government in his Irish lands, and had fled to Scotland, where he attempted to recruit mercenary soldiers to challenge the occupation of his lands. Elizabeth I forced James VI of Scotland to extradite him to England, and he was tried in London for crimes committed in Ireland, a break with legal precedent.

Editors. "Sir Brian O'Rourke is executed at Tyburn". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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