Thursday, 8 September 2016

The Tsar's Doctor

An expert at falsifying death certificates?
Scottish doctor Sir James Wylie was quite a character.  He probably falsified the death certificates of  two Russian tsars:  Paul I and Alexander I.  The first was strangled, but Wylie called it 'apoplexy'.

Tsar Alexander I, victor over Napoleon and elder brother of Moffat's very own Nicholas I probably wanted a quiet life, and was rumoured to have spent the rest of his life living in obscurity as a monk for years after Wylie certified his death in Taganrog  from fever.

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