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and straiks. And becaus he was a speciall servand to the Erle of Mar, it was concludit that he sould be bureit with solemnitie in Sterling, althoght he was slayne in his passage nar to Edinburgh; and from that place he was careit to Lithgw. The Erle of Mar assemblit manie of his freynds, and came with displayit baner, in feir of weare, upon the 12 day of that moneth, from Lithgw to Sterling, and careit the corps throw the lands of Levingstoun and Bruce, andcawsit mak the picture of the defunct on a fayre cammess, payntit with the nomber of the shots and wounds, to appeare the mair horrible and rewthfull to the behalders, and this way thay compleit his buriall; and be reason this forme is rare, and was never usit in Scotland before, I have insert the same for the novaltie thareof, and that the rather, becaus I suppose sum certayne revenge sall ensew tharupon. And as the murthor of the Erle of Murray was violent, and lamentit be all man, so that litill puneishment was usit for the same, and that the Duc of Lennox, be the ample auctoritie grantit unto him, had gevin pardon to certayne notorious actors of that murther, althoght not to all, the Lord of St Colme and Robert Creichton of Clwnie, be thair great industrie, layd spyis upon a barron in the north, callit Innes of Innermarkie, wha was ane of the speciall actors of that crwell murther, and obtenit a commission of the King to searche and apprehend him, that he might be broght to justice; and this barron be chance came from his awin cuntrie in cumpanie of Makintosh, and an Angus Williamson, to Sterling, and frome thence to Edinburgh; whilk vayage was sa cleirlie notefeit to thayme frome place to place, that thay maid him na impediment, till he was cum to his farrest tryist in Edinburgh; and thair thay ombeset him sa straitlie in his logeing, that he was taken, not without great hurt of his bodie to have saint himself, bot all for noght; for he was immediatlie takin furth perforce, and empreasonit in the commoun justice-place, on the 18 day of Julij, and on the nixt day he was beheadit in the common mercat place. In the moneth of August, thair war great surmysis that the Queyne, the Lord Chanciller, the Lord Treasorer, the Lord Home, Sir Robert Ker of Cesfurde, and Sir Walter Scott of Branxholme knycht, and all bordor men from Drumfreis to Berwick, had maid a complot to have drawin the Prince, ather be slight or perforce, from the custodie of Johne Erle of Mar, and to depryve him from the keaping of the castell of Edinburgh, that the Prince might be keapit thair under the custody of sum of thais before naymit; and the King understanding of this be information of the Erle of Mar, he was eselie persuadit to beleve that it sould tend to some alteration of his estait, and to undermynd his auctoritie, to draw his realme in tua factions. Then the King came quyetlie to his palice of Halyruidhous, whare the Queyne was then resident, and sent chargeis to Edinburgh, that nayne of his nobles or counsall sould resort unto him during the space of 24 howris, under the payne of treason, till he sould send for thayme. In this meyne tyme, he so reasonit with the Queyne, that he perswadit hir to reteir from thence to Sterling, that the foirsaidis lords sould not enjoy hir presence as a bucler or clocke to thair pretendit alterations. To this admonition she obeyit; and then the King, in all diligence, sent for thayme, ane be ane, and bestowit manie words of reproche to ather of thayme, in particular; and tharefter he reteirit himself frome Edinburgh, and returnit not till the Chanciller was deid. The Chanciller persaving the Kings grudge aganis him, consavit sa high melancolie, that a greavous seikness followit thareon that oppressit him sa havelie that it held him be the space of twa months in his new castell of Lawder. He sent for the preachors of Edinburgh, wha willinglie came to him, and gave him spirituall comfort. To thame he spak verie penitentlie, craving contenuallie Gods mearcie, and desyring thayme earnistlie to pray for him: That geve it sould pleas God to accept him in mearcie, to restore him to his health agayne, he sould amend manie enormeteis bayth of sawll and bodie; he sould declayre unto thayme the faultis of the commonweill, and that he had bene a great trespassor in not doing sik maters as became him, and in committing sik things as became him not. The caus of all this was the instabilitie of his awin estait, (sayd he,) for sence his returne from Denemarc, with the King, he was still sa unsure of himself, that he neglectit the commonweill, and had only respect to himself. The preachors maid daylie earnist prayers to God for him in presens of the people, and sum of thayme war frequentlie sent for, be reason the strenth of his bodie declynit daylie so far, so that in end he departit this lyff vpon the 3 day of October 1595. The King, howsone he gat knowledge of his death, he callit to mynd what secret maters and previe devyces had bene amang thayme; and being surelie informit that nane of thayme was revelit during the tyme of his infirmitie, he composit a worthie epitaph upon the death of the said Chanciller, in signe and taikin of his dolent mynd that he sustenit for him, the words whareof are these:—

Thow passinger that spyis with gazing eyis This trophae sad of Deathis tryumphing dart, Considder, when this utwart tombe thow seis, How rare a man leavis heir his earthlie part; His wisdome and his uprychtnes of harte, His pietie, his practise of oure stait, His quick ingyne, so vearsit in everie art, As equals all war ever at debait. Then justlie hes his death broght furth of lait A havie greif in Prince and subjects all, That vertew loovis, and vyce do beare at hait, Thoght vicious men rejosis at his fall. Thus for himself moste happie does he de'e', Thoght for his Prince it moste unhappie be. Uthirs sparit not to calumniat him efter his death, and caiste in thair cartels, in the Kings chalmer at Lithgow, under the obscure nayme of Nemo, as followis.—

Nunc abiit qui tot tarn Iccsus lumine Icesit,
Etfinemjraudis,flebilejunus habet.

The epigrame maid be the King was translatit be a gentilman of singular learning, ambassador resident in Scotland for the unite provinces of Holland and Zaeland, callit Hadrianus DamMan A BlSTERVELT.—

Hoc meestum intuitu figis quicunque Tropaum,

Spicula fatalis quod statuere Dece;
Cum tumuli faciem intente circumspicis omnem

Es mentor, ut rarcs vir pietatis erat.
Hie infra magnee posuit qui nobile mentis

Eximium, et sit mutant spe manet inde diem. UtprcBstans animi; ut nivea mens floruit Mi

Plena fide, et regni quam bene jura sciens. Ingenii ut vis omnigenas versata per artes;

Tanta homine in tanto dos cumulatafuit. Is abiit uper patriae lacrimabilis omni

Efflictim hoc regi condoluere suo, Virtutem quicunque colunt vitiumque odere;

Mortem ejus quamvis expetiere mali. Fcelix ergo sui, vita confecerat hujus

Curriculum, at res est Principi acerba su. In the moneth of August deit the Erle of Atholl, without issue

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