Famous Last Words · Portugal

FLW: why did I do that?

Famous Last Words Sir William Erskine, 2nd Baronet Lisbon, Portugal February 13, 1813 "Now why did I do that?" Erskine had recently been relieved of his position in the British Army, being cashiered (ceremoniously disgracing of a military official by physically stripping them of medals, insignias, swords, and other status symbols and destroying them) after… Continue reading FLW: why did I do that?

England · Famous Last Words

FLW: unconscionable time dying

Famous Last Words King Charles II London, England February 6, 1685 "You must pardon me, gentlemen, for being a most unconscionable time a-dying." Charles was known for his dalliances and John Wilmot, Duke of Rochester wrote of him "Restless he rolls from whore to whore/A merry monarch, scandalous and poor." As the king laid on… Continue reading FLW: unconscionable time dying

Australia · Executions · Famous Last Words

FLW: please make it quick

Famous last words Ronald Ryan Coburg, Victoria, Australia February 3, 1967 "God bless you, please make it quick." Ryan was convicted of shooting and killing a police officer during an escape. He claimed innocence of the murder until his death, and many believed he was innocent of this crime. He garnered nationwide support, many attempting… Continue reading FLW: please make it quick