L. Schuneman

General Thomas Dalyell, c 1599 - 1685. Soldier in Russia and Commander-in-Chief in Scotland

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General Tam Dalyell fought for both Charles I and Charles II. During the Civil War, he was taken prisoner by the Parliamentarians at the battle of Worcester (1651) and imprisoned in the Tower of London. He escaped and travelled to Russia where he fought with the army of the Tsar against the Tartars, Poles and Turks. Known from then on as the 'Muscovite De'il', he was back in Scotland after the restoration of Charles II. His suppression of the Covenanters earned him the nickname 'Bluidy Tam'. His enemies said he played cards with the devil at his House of the Binns, just west of Edinburgh.

L. Schuneman

L. Schuneman