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Wishart (George)

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One of the early reformers of Scotland, condemned to the stake by Cardinal Beaton. While the fire was blazing about him he said: “He who from you high place beholdeth me with such pride shall be brought low, even to the ground, before the trees which supplied these faggots have shed their leaves.” It was March when Wishart uttered these words, and the cardinal died in June. (See Summons.)

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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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