Hugh Arbuthnott, 10th of Arbuthnott (c.1373 - 1446) MP

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Birthplace: Arbuthnot, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Kincardineshire, UK
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About Hugh Arbuthnott, 10th of Arbuthnott

Murder of John Melville of Glenbervie

Around 1420 Philip’s son, Hugh, was implicated in the murder of John Melville of Glenbervie, sheriff of Kincardineshire (The Mearns). Melville was said to have been extremely unpopular with the local lairds due to his strict interpretation and adherence to the law. Albany, regent at the time of James I of Scotland’s captivity became tired with complaints against the sheriff and is supposed to have said, “sorrow gin that sheriff were sodden and supped in broo”. The Lairds of Mathers, Arbuthnott, Pitarrow and Halkerton took this as a request to kill the sheriff. They invited the unsuspecting sheriff on a hunt in the Forest of Garvock where he was ambushed. They reputedly killed him by throwing him into a cauldron of boiling water, each drinking of the broth once he was dead. Arbuthnott was pardoned for his part in the murder and died in 1446.

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Arbuthnot, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Age 24
Arbuthnott, Kinkardineshire, Scotland
Age 41
Arbuthnot, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Age 52
March 13, 1446
Age 73
Kincardineshire, UK