History of Scotland, Volume 5

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William Tait, 1834 - Scotland
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Page 474 - House, and as many towns and villages about Edinburgh as ye conveniently can; sack Leith, and burn and subvert it, and all the rest, putting man, woman, and child to fire and sword, without exception, when any resistance shall be made against you.
Page 422 - Oh, thou Saviour of the world, have mercy on me. Father of Heaven, I commend my spirit into thy holy hands...
Page 473 - Scotland was delayed for a season, they command him, in the mean time, to make an inroad into Scotland, " there to put all to fire and sword, to burn Edinburgh town, and to raze and deface it, when you have sacked it, and gotten what you can out of it, as that it may remain for ever a perpetual memory of the vengeance of God lighted upon it, for their falsehood and disloyalty. Do what you can...
Page 74 - My age renders my body of no use in battle, and my counsel is despised ; but I leave my two sons and the vassals of Douglas in the field : may old Angus's foreboding prove unfounded...
Page 389 - His majesty hath willed us to signify unto your lordship, that his highness reputing the fact not meet to be set forward expressly by his majesty, will not seem to have to do in it, and yet not misliking the offer, thinketh good, that Mr. Sadler...
Page 79 - The determined valour of James, imprudent as it was, had the effect of rousing to a pitch of desperation the courage of the meanest soldiers ; and the ground becoming soft and slippery from blood, they pulled off their boots and shoes, and secured a firmer footing by fighting in their hose. " It is owned," says Abercromby, " that both parties did wonders, but none on either side performed more than the King himself.
Page 81 - Campbell of Lawers, and five peers' eldest sons, besides La Motte the French ambassador, and the secretary of the king. The names of the gentry who fell are too numerous for recapitulation, since there were few families of note in Scotland which did not lose one relative or another, whilst some houses had to weep the death of all. It is from this cause that the sensations of sorrow and national lamentation occasioned by the defeat were peculiarly poignant and lasting ; so that to this day few Scotsmen...
Page 359 - Husband, rejoice, for we have lived together many joyful days; but this day in which we must die ought to be most joyful to us both, because we must have joy for ever. Therefore I will not bid you good night, for we shall suddenly meet with joy in the kingdom of heaven.
Page 338 - so that he should attain all the things then pacted and covenanted, or, at the least, the dominion on this side the Firth."* In the same treaty the precise sums of ransom to be exacted from the Scottish prisoners taken at the Solway were fixed by the commissioners; but, before they were permitted to avail themselves of this means for the recovery of their liberty, it appears to have been a condition, that they should sign this agreement which has been above described. In the...
Page 79 - It was to little purpose that La Motte and the French officers who were with him attempted by entreaties and blows to restrain them; they .neither understood their language nor cared for their violence, but threw themselves sword in hand upon the English. They found, however, an enemy in Sir Edward Stanley, whose coolness was not to be surprised in this manner. The squares of English pikemen stood to their ground ; and although for a moment the shock of the mountaineers was terrible, its force once...

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