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Fian (John)

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a schoolmaster at Saltpans, near Edinburgh, tortured to death and then burnt at the stake on the Castle Hill of Edinburgh, Saturday, January, 1591, because he refused to acknowledge that he had raised a storm at sea, to wreck James I. on his voyage to Denmark to visit his future queen. First, his head was crushed in upon his brain by means of a rope twisted tighter and tighter; then his two legs were jammed to a jelly in the wooden boots; then his nails were pulled out and pins inserted in the raw finger tips; as he still remained silent, he was strangled, and his dead body burnt to ashes.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Feuillants
Feuilleton [feu-yĕ-ton]
Fever-lurdan or Fever-lurgan
Fever-lurk
Fey
Fezon
Fi or Fie!
Fi. Fa
Fiacre
Fian (John)
Fiars
Fiasco
Fiat
Fib
Fico
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Fiddle About (To)
Fiddle-de-dee!
Fiddle-faddle
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