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.
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.