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David Rizzio
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Biographical Information
IRL: History's David Rizzio
Real Name: David Rizzio
Born: 1533
Dies: 9 March 1565
Age: 33
Religion: Protestant
Originally From: Edinburgh, Scotland
Wife: Lady Jean Gordon †
Parents: Patrick Hepburn † (Father)

Agnes Sinclair † (Mother)

Interests: Mary Stuart
Affiliations: Kingdom of Italy
Physical Description
Gender: Male Male.png
Height: 5'10
Status: Deceased
Character Information
First appearance: Unchartered Waters
Portrayed by: Andrew Shaver

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David Rizzio

Lord Bothwell is a prominent Scottish nobleman, with an infatuation for Mary Stuart.

It is revealed in Coup de Grace that David is a homosexual, and used this as a leverage for Mary. However, his threat to Lord Ruthven was proved to be deadly, as Ruthven desperately wanted to seal the secret about his sexuality that he accused David of adultery and ordered his execution in front of Mary.

Early life

David Rizzio was traveling from the Kingdom of Italy to the Kingdom of Scotland, after his cart broke he was captured by druids. Among them was Sebastian who forced him to deliver a message to Mary Stuart.

Season 4

In Unchartered Waters

In Pulling Strings

In A Better Man

InDead of Night

In The Shakedown

In Coup de Grace  Lord Ruthven, the Lord Treasurer was accepting bribes, and other financial wrongdoing. David Rizzio found some discrepancies in the privy council ledger. David had found proof that in addition to cheating The Crown, Ruthven was also swindling his fellow Nobles.

Mary Stuart tells David Rizzio she don't know how to thank him for all he's done for her. With her brother, James Stuart, gone, and Greer away she felt she could trust him with her life.

Ruthven and King Darnley were both involved, with Ruthven even lead the murder of David in place of the missing Lord Bothwell in front of the very pregnant Queen Mary. [1]

InA Bride. A Box. A Body. - (Mentioned) The next morning, Lord Bothwell and his men took back the castle from Lord Ruthven and his army. For the crimes of high treason and insurrection against the crown, and the murder of David Rizzio, Lord Ruthven was sentenced to death, by Queen Mary. [2]

In All It Cost Her - (Mentioned) After Mary Stuart son, Prince James is returned to her she is reminded of the prophecy Sebastian sent her through David Rizzio. That her heir would unite both Scotland and England in peace.

Historical Notes


Season Four
With Friends Like These A Grain Of Deception Leaps of Faith Playing With Fire Highland Games Love & Death Hanging Swords Unchartered Waters
Pulling Strings A Better Man Dead of Night The Shakedown Coup de Grace A Bride. A Box. A Body. Blood in the Water All It Cost Her