Scotland in the Middle Ages: Sketches of Early Scotch History and Social Progress

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Edmonston and Douglas, 1860 - Scotland - 368 pages
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Page 201 - Hallstead, one head of which extends towards the west and the other towards the east : — to have and to hold to him and his heirs, of me and my heirs...
Page 298 - The last half of the fourteenth century and the first half of the fifteenth were, as you know, the times of great national wars — the wars against the English.
Page 263 - Scotland led in luve and le, Away wes sons of ale and brede, Of wyne and wax, of gamyn and gle : ' Oure gold wes changyd into lede, Cryst, borne into virgynyte, Succour Scotland and remede, That stad is in perplexyte...
Page 115 - We owe to him all the civil institutions and structure of our present society. When any legislators of a later age wished to stamp their institutions with a name of authority they founded them upon the laws and statutes of the good King David.
Page 154 - I., about a century before the formation of the Hanseatic League of the continental cities ; and the famous burgh laws date from about the same period. This code of Scotch burghal regulation...
Page 77 - ... and in those that are most excellent, exceeded them. The world hath not yielded men. more famous in navigation, nor ships better built or furnished. Agriculture is as ingeniously practised ; the English archery were the terror of Christendom, and their clothes the ornament.
Page 214 - but from henceforth undoubtedly the representatives of the burghs formed the Third Estate, and an essential part of all Parliaments and general councils. In this Parliament we have the first developement of what are now considered the fundamental principles of a representative institution. There was a compact between the King and the Three Estates; a claim of right; redress of grievances; a grant of supplies; and a strict limitation of the grant'.
Page 132 - ... consent of the bishop, to confer them in property upon the great monasteries and religious houses of Regulars. Thus Paisley had its thirty parish churches ; Holyrood, twenty-seven ; Melrose and Kelso, each as many ; and to such an extent did this prevail, that in some districts two-thirds of the parish churches were in the hands of the monks.
Page 318 - ... the burgess of the Reformation period lived in greater decency and comfort than the laird, though without the numerous following, which no doubt gave dignity if it diminished food.
Page 133 - I fear that it is almost as rare now as in the beat and zeal of the Reformation, to find the freedom from passion and prejudice necessary for forming a correct estimate of the good and evil of the convent. I wish to consider the institution only as it was exemplified in Scotland after the great spread of monasteries during the time of King David and his grandsons ; and we have abundant materials for testing its operation. I think it is a mistake to suppose that any great body of men professing a...

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