History of Scotland, Volume 1

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William Tait, 1828 - Scotland
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Page 319 - Edward at last gained the castle of Dunbar, where he was hospitably received by the Earl of March, and from which he passed by sea to Berwick. In the meantime, Bruce sent a party to attack the fugitives who clustered round the rock of Stirling. These were immediately made prisoners, and having ascertained that no enemy remained, the king permitted his soldiers to pursue the fugitives, and give themselves up to plunder. The unfortunate stragglers were slaughtered by the peasantry, as they were dispersed...
Page 230 - Fife ; Alexander Fraser, brother of Simon Fraser of Oliver Castle ; Walter de Somerville, of Linton and Carnwath ; David, of Inchmartin ; Robert Boyd, and Robert Fleming.
Page 214 - His head was placed on a pole on London Bridge, his right arm above the bridge at Newcastle, his left arm was sent to Berwick, his right foot and limb to Perth, and his left quarter to Aberdeen.
Page 409 - ... the English. Of their subsequent fate we are entirely ignorant ; nor does it clearly appear what measures were ever afterwards taken for their restoration to Scotland. It is indeed sufficiently ascertained, that at the Peace of Northampton, in 1328, it was agreed that the famous stone of Scone, on which the kings of Scotland were wont to sit at their coronation, should be restored to the Scots : 2 and it seems 1 Appendix, No.
Page 291 - Binny, who was known to the garrison, and had been employed in leading hay into the fort, communicated his design to a party of Scottish soldiers, whom he stationed in ambush near the gate. In his large wain he contrived to conceal eight armed men, covered with a load of hay ; a servant drove the oxen, and Binny himself walked carelessly at his side. When the portcullis was raised, and the wain stood in the middle of the gateway, interposing a complete barrier to its descent, the driver cut the ropes...
Page 370 - Divine Providence, and the right of succession according to those laws and customs, which we will maintain to the death, as well as the common consent of us all, have made our prince and king. To him are we bound both by his own merit and by the law of the land, and to him, as the saviour of our people and the guardian of our liberty,arewe unanimously determined to adhere...
Page 419 - It is these qualities which are especially conspicuous in his war for the liberty of Scotland. They enabled him to follow out his plans through many a tedious year with undeviating energy ; to bear reverses, to calculate his means, to wait for his opportunities, and to concentrate his whole strength upon one great point, till it was gained and secured to his country for ever. Brilliant military talent and consummate bravery have often been found amongst men, and proved far more of a curse than a...
Page 214 - ... on his head, because Wallace had been heard to boast that he deserved to wear a crown in that hall. Sir Peter Mallorie, the king's justice, then impeached him as a traitor to...
Page 28 - ... is, perhaps, on account of these discrepancies, that Dr Macpherson, in his Critical Dissertations, arises to such a pitch of incredulity, as to doubt whether such an event as the battle of Largs ever took place. The veracity of the Norwegian Chronicle is ascertained by what Mr Tytler justly calls " a fine example of the clear and certain light reflected by the exact sciences upon history.
Page 415 - ... your journey, both for you and your companions ; and that you carry my heart along with you, and deposit it in the Holy Sepulchre of our Lord, since this poor body cannot go thither. And it is my command, that you do use that royal state and maintenance in your journey, both for yourself and your companions, that into whatever lands or cities you may come, all may know that you have in charge to bear beyond seas the heart of King Robert of Scotland.' " At these words, all who stood by began to...

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