The House of Cockburn of that Ilk and the Cadets Thereof: With Historical Anecdotes of the Times in which Many of the Name Played a Conspicuous Part

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Scott and Ferguson, 1888 - Scotland - 394 pages

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Page 144 - ... that upon the night of Allhollon-Even, shee was accompanied, as well with the persons aforesaide, as also with a great many other witches, to the number of two hundreth, and that all they together went to sea, each one in a riddle, or cive, and went in the same very substantially, with flaggons of wine, making merrie and drinking by the way in the same riddles or cives...
Page 187 - It is folly to seek grace at a graceless face ; but," said he, "had I known this, I should have lived upon the Borders in despite of King Harry and you both ; for I know King Harry would dorm-weigh my best horse with gold, to know that I were condemned to die this day.
Page 168 - Thus, he is represented as a cruel tyrant and sorcerer; constantly employed in oppressing his vassals, harassing his neighbours, and fortifying his Castle of Hermitage against the King of Scotland ; for which purpose he employed all means, human and infernal ; invoking the fiends by his incantations, and forcing his vassals to drag materials, like beasts of burden. Tradition proceeds to relate, that the Scottish King, irritated by reiterated complaints, peevishly exclaimed to the petitioners, ' Boil...
Page 168 - ... flattering; uniting every quality which could render strength formidable, and cruelty detestable. Combining prodigious bodily strength with cruelty, avarice, dissimulation, and treachery, is it surprising that a people, who attributed every event of life, in a great measure, to the interference of good or evil spirits, should have added to such a character the mystical horrors of sorcery ? Thus, he is represented as a cruel tyrant and sorcerer ; constantly employed in oppressing his vassals...
Page 115 - Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you ; that the slayer may flee thither which killeth any person at unawares. 12. And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger ; that the manslayer die not until he stand before the congregation in judgment.
Page ix - to see the dismal catastrophe of so generous a knight ? I have seen ye throng as eagerly around him to share his bounty, as now to behold his death." With these words he turned from the scene of blood, and repairing to the king, craved leave to sell his Scottish possessions, and to retire from the country.
Page 86 - ... is very ugly ; he went one morning to make a visit, and found Lady Mary weeping. He asked her what was the matter; she said "her circumstances were so. bad, she could no longer live in town but must retire into the country ; she was not anxious about leaving London, but regretted some friends she must leave behind." He said, " Madam, may I hope I am one of those ? " " Certainly," says she, " doctor, for you have always shewed us great friendship.
Page 187 - Armstrong," continues this minute historian, " made great offers to the King. That he should sustain himself, with forty gentlemen, ever ready at his service, on their own cost, without wronging any Scottishman ; Secondly, that there was not a subject in England, duke, earl, or baron, but, within a certain day, he should bring him to his majesty, either quick or dead.
Page 310 - ... tharon be ony utheris to tak copyis of ony bukis furtht of our. Realme, to ger imprent the samyne in utheris cuntreis, to be brocht and sauld agane within our Realme, to...
Page 187 - King with his foresaid number richly apparelled, trusting that, in respect of the free offer of his person, he should obtain the King's favour. But the King, seeing him and his men so gorgeous in their apparel, with so many brave men under a tyrant's commandment, frowardly turning him about, he bade take the tyrant out of his sight, saying, ' What wants that knave that a king should have ? ' But John Armstrong made great offers to the King.

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