Description of the lead up to and aftermath of the murder of William, Earl of Douglas. When William and John MacDonald agree a friendship pact, King James II feels threatened. In 1452, James invites William to meet him at Stirling Castle. The result? The brutal murder of William by James II.

First broadcast:
1 December 2008

Students could be given a delegated listening task with each pupil noting the actions of one of: William, Earl of Douglas, John McDonald and James II of Scotland. Students could be asked to describe the events from the roles they were following. A hot-seating exercise could be used for students to represent the causes, motives and actions which led to the murder of the Earl of Douglas.