London Day 5 – Tower of London

Today was our tour of the Tower of London.  This is an interesting tour, because our family (Clan Maxwell) has a family member who was imprisoned in the Tower.

William, Fifth Earl of Nithsdale and grandson of the third earl, still supported the British Crown during the Jacobite Uprising, and fought  to restore the previously deposed House of Stuart.  He was also a Roman Catholic, as was most of the Maxwell Clan, and was often persecuted by local Presbyterians.  He was taken prisoner at the Battle of Preston, and imprisoned in the Tower of London.

With the help of his wife, he escaped, fled to Rome, and died a pauper in 1744.  Pictures of his last official residence is HERE.  Note that we also took a hop-on, hop-off bus this day, so you’ll see some pictures of general London variety too.