List of People Convicted of High Treason in England Before 1 May 1707

List Of People Convicted Of High Treason In England Before 1 May 1707

This is a list of people convicted of high treason in the Kingdom of England before the Union with Scotland on 1 May 1707. It does not include people convicted of petty treason.

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