History of Scotland, Volume 4

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William Tait, 1828 - Scotland
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Page 392 - In Dei nomine Amen. Per hoc presens publicum instrumentum cunctis pateat evidenter quod anno ab incarnacione Domini, secundum computacionem Regni Scocie Mmo ccccmo XLmo mensis Januarii die vn.
Page 409 - Fader, that he had in Depois the Tyme of his Deceis, and that come to the Handis of oure Soverane Lord that now is, M.CCCC.LXXXvIII.
Page 127 - ... of its silver and ornaments, even seized the bulls and charters, and compelled the bishop, under terror of his life, to promise that he would never prosecute the men who had thus shamefully abused him. Such were the miserable scenes of havoc and violence which fell to the lot of the prelates who were bold enough to undertake the charge of those remote and savage dioceses ; and we now, only three years after this cruel assault, find the same unfortunate dignitary attacked by the fierce admiral...
Page 370 - Kintire, he repaired the fort originally built by Bruce, and established an emporium for his shipping, transporting thither his artillery, laying in a stock of gunpowder, and carrying along with him his...
Page 106 - Crawford's army, a yeoman of the opposite side, riding eagerly in pursuit, became involved in the crowd, and, fearful of discovery, allowed himself to be hurried along to Finhaven Castle, to which the discomfited baron retreated. Here, amid the tumult and riot consequent upon a defeat, he is said to have overheard with horror the torrent of abuse and blasphemy which burst from the lips of the bearded savage, who, calling for a cup of wine on alighting from his horse, and cursing in the bitterness...
Page 156 - The Earl of Douglas returned to England after the failure of the expedition under Donald Balloch ; and Ross, finding himself alone in rebellion, became alarmed for the consequences, and, by a submissive message, entreated the forgiveness of the King ; offering, as far as it was still left to him, to repair the wrongs he had inflicted. James at first refused to listen to the application ; but, after a time, consented to extend to the humbled chief a period of probation, within which, if he should...
Page 368 - MS, no subdue the petty princes who affected independence, to carry into their territories, hitherto too exclusively governed by their own capricious or tyrannical institutions, the same system of a severe but regular and rapid administration of civil and criminal justice which had been established in his Lowland dominions, was the laudable object of the King ; and for this purpose he succeeded, with that energy and activity which remarkably distinguished him, in opening up an intercourse with many...
Page 87 - His return, however, was hastened by disturbances at home, arising out of the insolence and tyranny of his brother, Douglas of Balveny, to whom he had delegated his authority, and against the abuses of whose government such perpetual complaints were carried to the king, that, according to the provisions of the late act of parliament upon the subject, he found it necessary to conduct in person an armed expedition into the lands of the delinquent. The object of this enterprise was to expel from their...
Page 357 - Leith became the founder of a baronial family, "a brave warrior and skilful naval commander, an able financialist, intimately acquainted with the management of commercial transactions, and a, stalwart feudal baron, who, without abating anything of his pride and his prerogative, refused not to adopt in the management of his estates some of those improvements whose good effects he had observed in his travels over various parts of the Continent.
Page 59 - Seton himself had nearly paid with his life the penalty of his adherence to the rude usage of the times ; and John Forbes of Pitsligo, one of his followers, was slain : nor was the loss which the Ogilvies sustained in the field their worst misfortune : for Lindsay, with his characteristic ferocity, and protected by the authority of Douglas, let loose his army upon their estates ; and the flames of their castles, the slaughter of their vassals, * Auchinlcck Chronicle, p.

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