On Tuesday, January 30, 1649, King Charles put his head on a block and was beheaded with one clean stroke. A moan rose from the crowd and some of them dipped their handkerchiefs in the king's blood as a memento.
Among the crowd, in all likelihood, was Patrick Napier, the kings surgeon. He would have served his king in death as he did in life...on the day after the execution, the king's head was sewn back onto his body, which was then embalmed and placed in a lead coffin. Patrick Napier was my 8x's Great Grandfather, born in 1608 in Edinburgh, Scotland and died at age 51 in London, England in 1659...ten years after the beheading of his King.
Dr. Patrick Napier, Colonial Royalist to his father's king Charles I, remained loyal to the crown which was eventually restored to Charles' eldest son Charles II in 1660. That, however, was not the center of his professional or personal life in Colonial America. His life as a Colonial Surgeon is well documented in Jamestown, Virginia, as seen by the 'Historical Marker' on Merrimac Trail in York County, Virginia. (link to marker...Marker History.com )
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