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Laugh your head off

Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat, known as “the Fox”, was sentenced to death in 1747 for his participation on the Jacobite side during the 45. He was about to be beheaded with his head on the block when a platform crowded with bloodthirsty oglers collapsed. He burst out laughing as the axe descended. He was the last nobleman to be beheaded in the British isles.

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