A mole, that is the small subterranean mammal, played a small but significant part in British history in 1702. How?

Answer: A mole’s burrow tripped the horse of King William III of England (1650 – 1702), who died from the injuries. William’s rivals the Jacobite’s drank a toast to the mole, who they described as the “the little gentleman in the black velvet waistcoat”.

Source: Wonderland by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss

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