The Scottish Prospero

A recent study by Scottish amateur historian Brian Moffat theorizes that Shakespeare's Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan from "The Tempest," may have been inspired by Francis Stewart, the Fifth Earl of Bothwell, an eccentric Scottish earl who lived an extraordinary life.

Moffat bought an old chest which included the papers of the 16th century earl who was said to have been involved in the occult. He was also involved in an alleged plot to kill the king, an act that resulted in his imprisonment.