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surprised a considerable supply of arms and provisions, and NOTE 2 W.

nearly took the castle itself. Indeed, that they actually did

so, has been generally averred by historians, although it does O'er chasms he pass'd, where fractures wide

not appear from the parrative of Barbour. On the contrary, Crared wary cye and ample stride.-P. 442.

it would seem that they took shelter within a fortification of

the ancient inhabitants, a rampart called Tor an Schian. The interior of the island of Arran abounds with beautiful When they were joined by Bruce, it seems probable that they Ilighland scenery. The hills, being very rocky and precipi- had gained Brodick Castle. At least tradition says, that from tous, afford some cataracts of great height, though of incon- the battlements of the tower he saw the supposed signal-firo siderable breadth. There is one pass over the river Machrai, on Turnberry-nook. ... The castle is now much modernized, renowned for the dilemma of a poor woman, who, being but has a dignificd appearance, being surrounded by flourishtempted by the narrowness of the ravine to step across, suc- ing plantations. ceeded in making the first movement, bat took fright when it became necessary to move the other foot, and remained in a posture equally ludicrous and dangerous, until some chance passenger assisted her to extricate herself. It is said she remained there some hours.

NOTE 2 Z.

on, loo, with unaccustom'd ears,

A language much unmeet he hears.-P. 442.
NOTE 2 X.

Barbour, with great simplicity, gives an anecdote, from
He cross'd his brou beside the stone

which it would seem that the vice of profane swearing, afterWhere Druids erst heard victims groan;

wards too general among the Scottish nation, was, at this time, And at the cairns upon the will,

confined to military men. As Douglas, after Bruce's return O'er many a heathen hero piled.-P. 442.

to Scotland, was roving about the mountainous country of

Tweeddale, near the water of Line, he chanced to hear some The isle of Arran, like those of Man and Anglesea, abounds persons in a farm-house say " the devil.Concluding, from With many relics of heathen, and probably Druidical, super- this hardy expression, that the house contained warlike guests, stition. There are high erect columns of unhewn stone, the he immediately assailed it, and had the good fortune to make most early of all monuments, the circles of rude stones, com. prisoners Thomas Randolph, afterwards the famous Earl of monly entitled Druidical, and the cairns, or sepulchral piles, Murray, and Alexander Stuart, Lord Bonkle. Both were then within which are usually found urns enclosing ashes. Much in the English interest, and had come into that country with doubt necessarily rests upon the history of such monuments, the purpose of driving out Douglas. They afterwards ranked nor is it possible to consider them as exclusively Celtic or among Bruce's most zealous adherents. Druidical. By much the finest circles of standing stones, excepting Stonehege, are those of Stenhouse, at Stennis, in the island of Pomona, the principal isle of the Orcades. These, of course, are neither Celtic nor Druidical ; and we are assured that many circles of the kind occur both in Sweden and Norway.

Note 3 A.

For, see! the ruddy signal made,
That Clifford, with his merry-men all,
Guards carelessly our father's hall.--P. 4-13.

NOTE 2 Y.

The remarkable circumstances by which Bruce was induced to enter Scotland, under the false idea that a signal-fire was

lighted upon the shore near his maternal castle of Turnberry oul Brndick's gothic towers were seen;

---the disappointment which he met with, and the train of From Hastings, late their English Lord,

success which arose out of that very disappointment, are too Douglas had won them by the suord.-P. 442.

curious to be passed over unnoticed. The following is the nar.

rative of Barbour. The introduction is a favourable specimen Brodick or Brathwick Castle, in the Isle of Arran, is an an- of his style, which seems to be in some degree the model for cient fortress, near an open roadstead called Brodick-Bay, that of Gawain Douglas :and not far distant from a tolerable harbour, closed in by the

“ This wes in ver,' quhen wynter tid, Island of Lamlash. This important place had been assailed a

With his blastis hid wyss to bid, short time before Bruce's arrival in the island. James Lord

Was our drywyn: and byrdis smale, Douglas, who accompanied Bruce to his retreat in Rachrine,

As turturis and the nychtyngale, seems, in the spring of 1306, to have tired of his abode there,

Begouth 2 rycht sariely 3 to syng; and set out accordingly, in the phrase of the times, to see

And for to mak in thair singyng what adventure God would send him. Sir Robert Boyd ac

Swete notis, and sownys ser, 4 companied him; and his knowledge of the localities of Arran

And melodys plesand to her. appears to have directed his course thither. They landed in

And the treis begouth to ma 5 the island privately, and appear to have laid an ambush for

Burgeans, 6 and brycht blomys alsua, Sir John Hastings, the English governor of Brodwick, and

To wyn the helyng7 off thair hewid,

1 Spring.--2 Began.-3 Loftily._4 Several.

5 Make-6 Buds.- 7 Covering.

6

That wykkyt wyntir had thaim rewid. I

And his menye sa ner ws lyis, And all gressys beguth to spryng.

That ws dispytis mony wyks ; In to that tyme the nobill king,

Ga we and wenge 10 sum off the dispyte With his flote, and a few menye, 2

And that may we haiff done alss tite; 11 Thre hundyr I trow thai mvcht be,

For thai ly traistly, 12 but dreding Is to the se, owte off Arane

Off ws, or off our her cummyng. A litill forouth, 3 ewyn gane.

And thoucht we slepand slew thaim all,

Repruff tharof na man sall. “ Thai rowit fast, with all thair mycht,

For werrayour na forss suld ma, Till that apon thaim fell the nycht,

Quhethir he mycht ourcom his fa That woux myrk 4 apon gret maner,

Throw strenth, or throw sutelté; Swa that thai wyst nocht quhar thai wer.

Bot that gud faith ay haldyn be.'” For thai na nedill had, na stane;

BARBOUR'S Bruce, Book iv., s. I.
Bot rowyt alwayis in till ane,
Sterand all tyme apon the syr.
That thai saw brynnand lycht and schyr.5
It wes bot auentur 6 thaim led :
And they in schort tyme sa thaim sped,
That at the fyr arywyt thai;

Note 3 B.
And went to land bot mar delay.
And Cuthbert, that has sene the fyr,

Noo ask you whence that wondrous light,
Was full off angyr, and off ire :

Whose fairy glow biguiled their sight 1 -
For he durst nocht do it away;

It ne'er vas known.-P. 445.
And wes alsua dowtand ay
That his lord suld pass to se.

The following are the words of an ingenious correspondent, Tharfor thair cummyn waytit he;

to whom I am obliged for much information respecting TumAnd met them at thair ary wing.

berry and its neighbourhood. “The only tradition now reHe wes welo sone broucht to the King,

membered of the landing of Robert the Bruce in Carrick, reThat speryt at him how he had done.

lates to the fire seen by him from the Isle of Arran. It is still And he with sar hart tauld him sone,

generally reported, and religiously believed by many, that How that he fand nane weill luffand;

this fire was really the work of supernatural power, unassisted Bot all war fayis, that he fand:

by the hand of any mortal being; and it is said, that, for seAnd that the lord tho Persy,

veral centuries, the flame rose yearly on the same hour of the With ner thre hundre in cumpany,

same night of the year, on which the king first saw it from the Was in the castell thar besid,

turrets of Brodick Castle; and some go so far as to say, that Fullfillyt off dispyt and prid.

if the exact time were known, it would be still seen. That Bot ma than twa partis off his rowt

this superstitious notion is very ancient, is evident from the War herberyt in the toune without ;

place where the fire is said to have appeared, being called the * And dyspytyt yow mar, Schir King,

Bogles' Brae, beyond the remembrance of man. In support of Than men may dispyt ony thing.'

this curious belief, it is said that the practice of burning heath Than said the King, in full gret ire ;

for the improvement of land was then unknown; that a * Tratour, quhy maid thow than the fyr?'

spunkie (Jack o'lanthorn) could not have been seen across the "A! Schyr,' said he, ‘sa God me se!

breadth of the Forth of Clyde, between Ayrshire and Arran; The fyr wes newyr maid for me.

and that the courier of Bruce was his kinsman, and never susNa, or the nycht, I wyst it nocht;

pected of treachery."-Letter from Mr. Joseph Train, of Nev. Bot fra I wyst it, weill I thocht

ton Stuart, author of an ingenious Collection of Poems, illusThat ye, and haly your menye,

trative of many ancient Traditions in Galloway and Ayrshire, In ly7 suld put yow to the se.

Edinburgh, 1814. (Mr. Train made a journey into Ayrshire at For thi I cum to mete yow her,

Sir Walter Scott's request, on purpose to collect accurate inTo tell perellys that may aper.'

formation for the Notes to this poem; and the reader will

find more of the fruits of his labours in Note 3 D. This is “ The King wes off his spek angry,

the same gentleman whose friendly assistance is so often ac. And askyt his prywé men, in hy,

knowledged in the Notes and Introductions of the Waverley Quhat at thaim thoucht wes best to do.

Novels.]
Schyr Edward fryst answert thar to,
Hys brodyr that wes swa hardy,
And said: “I saw yow sekyrly
Thar sall na perell, that may be,
Dryve me eftsonys 8 to the se.
Myne auentur her tak will I,
Quhethir it be esfull or angry.'-

NOTE 3 C.
• Brothyr,' he said, 'sen thou will sua,
It is gude that we samyn ta

They gain'd the Chase, a uide domain
Dissese or ese, or payne or play,

Lift for the Castle's silvan reign.-P. 445.
Eftyr as God will ws purway.9
And sen men sayis that the Persy

The Castle of Turnberry, on the coast of Ayrshire, was the Myn heretage will occupy;

property of Robert Bruce, in right of his mother. Lord Hailes

.

1 Bereaved. Men.-3 Before.-4 Dark.-5 Clear.-G Adventure.- Haste.

8 Soon after. - Prepare.-10 Avenge.-11 Quickly. -1: Corr fidently.

mentions the following remarkable circumstance concerning tresses after the battle of Methven, was affected by a scorbutic

1 the mode in which he became proprietor of it :-“ Martha, disorder, which was then called a leprosy. It is said he expeCountess of Carrick in her own right, the wife of Robert rienced benefit from the use of a medicinal spring, about 3 Bruce, Lord of Annandale, bare him a son, afterwards Robert mile north of the town of Ayr, called from that circumstance 1. (11th July, 1274.) The circumstances of her marriage were King's Fase. The following is the tradition of the country, singular: happening to meet Robert Bruce in her domains, collected by Mr. Train :-"After Robert ascended the throne, she became enamoured of him, and with some violence led him he founded the priory of Dominican monks, every one of whom to her castle of Turnberry. A few days after she married him, was under the obligation of putting up to Heaven a prayer once without the knowledge of the relations of either party, and every week-day, and twice in holydays, for the recovery of the without the requisite consent of the king. The king instantly king; and, after his death, these masses were continued for seized her castle and whole estates : She afterwards atoned the saving of his soul. The ruins of this old monastery are by a fine for her feudal delinquency. Little did Alexander now nearly level with the ground. Robert likewise caused foresee, that, from this union, the restorer of the Scottish mo- houses to be built round the well of King's Case, for eight narchy was to arise."- Annals of Scolland, vol. ii. p. 180. lepers, and allowed eight bolls of oatmeal, and £28 Scotch The same obliging correspondent, whom I have quoted in the money, per annum, to each person. These donations were laid preceding note, gives me the following account of the present upon the lands of Fullarton, and are now payable by the Duke state of the ruins of Turnberry :-“ Turnberry Point is a rock of Portland. The farm of Shiels, in the neighbourhood of projecting into the sea; the top of it is about eighteen feet Ayr, has to give, if required, a certain quantity of straw for the above high-water mark. Upon this rock was built the castle. lepers' beds, and so much to thatch their houses annually. There is about twenty-five feet high of the wall next to the Each leprous person had a drinking-horn provided him by the sea yet standing. Upon the land-side the wall is only about king, which continued to be hereditary in the house to which four feet high; the length has been sixty feet, and the breadth it was first granted. One of those identical horns, of very forty-five: It was surrounded by a ditch, but that is now near- curious workmanship, was in the possession of the late Colonel ly filled up. The top of the ruin, rising between forty and Fullarton of that Ilk." fifty feet above the water, has a majestic appearance from the My correspondent proceeds to mention some curious remsea. There is not much local tradition in the vicinity con- nants of antiquity respecting this foundation.

“ In complinected with Bruce or his history. In front, however, of the ment to Sir William Wallace, the great deliverer of his coun. rock, opon which stands Culzean Castle, is the mouth of a try, King Robert Bruce invested the descendants of that hero romantic cavem, called the Cove of Colean, in which it is said with the right of placing all the lepers upon the establishment Bruce and his followers concealed themselves immediately of King's Case. This patronage continued in the family of after landing, till they arranged matters for their farther en- Craigie, till it was sold along with the lands of the late Sir terprises. Burns mentions it in the poem of Hallowe'en. The Thomas Wallace. The burgh of Ayr then purchased the right only place to the south of Turnberry worth mentioning, with of applying the donations of King's Case to the support of the reference to Bruce's history, is the Weary Nuik, a little mo- poor- house of Ayr. The lepers' charter-stone was a basaltic mantic green hill, where he and his party are said to have block, exactly the shape of a sheep's kidney, and weighing an rested, after assaulting the castle.”

Ayrshire boll of meal. The surface of this stone being as Around the Castle of Turnberry was a level plain of about smooth as glass, there was not any other way of lifting it than two miles in extent, forming the castle park. There could be by turning the hollow to the ground, there extending the arms nothing, I am informed, more beautiful than the copsewood along each side of the stone, and clasping the hands in the and verdure of this extensive meadow, before it was invaded cavity. Young lads were always considered as deserving to be by the ploughshare.

ranked among men, when they could lift the blue stone of King's Case. It always lay beside the well, till a few years ago, when some English dragoons encamped at that place wantonly broke it, since which the fragments have been kept by the freemen of Prestwick in a place of security. There is

one of these charter-stones at the village of Old Daily, in CarNOTE 3 D.

rick, which has become more celebrated by the following

event, which happened only a few years ago :-The village of The Bruce hath won his father's hall!--P. 449.

New Daily being now larger than the old place of the same

name, the inhabitants insisted that the charter-stone should I have followed the flattering and pleasing tradition, that the be removed from the old town to the new, but the people of Old Bruce, after his descent upon the coast of Ayrshire, actually Daily were unwilling to part with their ancient right. Demands gained possession of his maternal castle. But the tradition is and remonstrances were made on each side without effect, till at not accurate. The fact is, that he was only strong enough to last man, woman, and child, of both villages, marchedoutand by alarm and drive in the outposts of the English garrison, then one desperate engagement put an end to a war, the commencecommanded, not by Clifford, as assumed in the text, but by ment of which no person then living remembered. Justico Percy. Neither was Clifford slain upon this occasion, though and victory, in this instance, being of the same party, the vilhe had several skirmishes with Bruce. He fell afterwards in lagers of the old town of Daily now enjoy the pleasure of keep the battle of Bannockburn. Bruce, after alarming the castle ing the blue-stane unmolested. Ideal privileges are often atof Turnberry, and surprising some part of the garrison, who tached to some of these stones. In Girvan, if a man can set were quartered without the walls of the fortress, retreated his back against one of the above description, he is supposed into the mountainous part of Carrick, and there made himself not liable to be arrested for debt, nor can cattle, it is imagined, so strong, that the English were obliged to evacuate Turn- be poinded as long as they are fastened to the same stone. berry, and at length the Castle of Ayr. Many of his benefac- That stones were often used as symbols to denote the right of tions and royal gifts attest his attachment to the hereditary possessing land, before the use of written documents became followers of his house, in this part of the country.

general in Scotland, is, I think, exceedingly probable. The It is generally known that Bruce, in consequence of his dis- charter-stone of Inverness is still kept with great care, set in a

I Sir Walter Scott had inisread Mr. Train's MS., which gave of the royal foundation described below. Mr. Train's kindnot King's Ease, but King's Case, i. e. Casa Regis, the name ness enables the Editor to make this correction.-1833.

frame, and hooped with iron, at the market-place of that gear.” This illustrates and authenticates a striking passage town. It is called by the inhabitants of that district Clack na in the history of the house of Douglas, by Hume of Godscroft. Conddin. I think it is very likely that Carey has mentioned The last Earl of Douglas (of the elder branch) had been rethis stone in his poem of Craig Phaderick. This is only a con- duced to monastic seclusion in the Abbey of Lindores, by jecture, as I have never seen that work. While the famous James II. James III., in his distresses, would willingly hare marble chair was allowed to remain at Scoon, it was con- recalled him to public life, and made him his lieutenant. “But sidered as the charter-stone of the kingdom of Scotland." he," says Godscroft,“ laden with years and old age, and

weary of troubles, refused, saying, Sir, you have keept mee, and your black coffer in Sterling, too long, neither of us can doe you any good: 1, because my friends have forsaken me, and my followers and dependers are fallen from me, betaking themselves to other masters; and your black trunk is too farre

from you, and your enemies are between you and it: or (as NOTE 3 E.

others say) because there was in it a sort of black cogne, that

the king had caused to be coyned by the advice of his cour“ Bring here," he said, the mazers foir,

tiers ; which moneyes (saith he) sir, if you had put out at the My noble futher's loveel of yore.”—P. 449.

first, the people would have taken it; and if you had employed

mee in due time I might have done you service. But noy These mazers were large drinking-cups, or goblets. Men

there is none that will take notice of me, nor meddle with tion of them occurs in a curious inventory of the treasure and

your money."-HUME's History of Ure House of Douglas, fol. jewels of James III., which will be published, with other

Edin. 1644, p. 206. curious documents of antiquity, by my friend, Mr. Thomas Thomson, D. Register of Scotland, under the title of “ A Collection of Inventories, and other Records of the Royal Wardrobe, Jewel- House," &c. I copy the passage in which mention is made of the mazers, and also of a habiliment, called “ King Robert Bruce's serk,” i. e. shirt, meaning, perhaps, his shirt of mail; although no other arms are mentioned in the inven

NOTE 3 F. tory. It might have been a relic of more sanctified description, a penance siuirt perhaps.

Arouse oud friends, and gather next.-P. 449.

Extract from Inventare of ane Parte of the Gold and Silver

As soon as it was known in Kyle, says ancient tradition, conyeit and unconyeit, Jowellis, and uther Stuff perteining to that Robert Bruce had landed in Carrick, with the intention Umquhile oure Soverane Lords Fader, that he had in Depois | of recovering the crown of Scotland, the Laird of Craigie, and the Tyme of his Deceis, and that come to the Handis of oure forty-eight men in his immediate neighbourhood, declared in Soverane Lord that now is, M.CCCC. LXXXVIII."

favour of their legitimate prince. Bruce granted them a tract “ Memorandum fundin in a bandit kist like a gardeviant,' The original charter was lost when the pestilence was raging

of land, still retained by the freemen of Newton to this day in the fyrst the grete chenge 2 of gold, contenand sevin score at Ayr; but it was renewed by one of the Jameses, and is datsex linkis.

ed at Faulkland. The freemen of Newton were formerly offi

cers by rotation. The Provost of Ayr at one time was a freeItem, thre platis of silver.

man of Newton, and it happened to be his turn, while proIlem, tuelf salfatis.3

vost in Ayr, to be officer in Newton, both of which offices he Item, fyftene dischcis + ourezilt.

discharged at the same time. Ilem, a grete gilt plate.

The forest of Selkirk, or Ettrick, at this period, occupied all Item, twa grete bassingis 5 ouregilt.

the district which retains that denomination, and embraced Item, FOUR MASARIS, CALLED KING ROBERT THE

Brocis, the neighbouring dales of Tweeddale, and at least the l'pper with a cover.

Ward of Clydesdale. All that tract was probably as waste as Item, a greto cok maid of silver.

it is mountainous, and covered with the remains of the ancient Item, the hede of silver of ane of the coveris of masar.

Caledonian Forest, which is supposed to have stretched from Item, a fare dialle.6

Cheviot Hills as far as Hamilton, and to have coinprehended Item, twa kasis of knyflis, 7

even a part of Ayrshire. At the fatal battle of Falkirk, Sir Item, a pare of auld kniffis.

John Stewart of Bonkill, brother to the Steward of Scotland, Item, takin bu the smyth that opinnit the lokkis, in gold fourty commanded the archers of Selkirk Forest, who fell around the demyis.

dead body of their leader. The English historians have comItem, in Inglys grotis 8 - ...- xxiiii. li. and the said silver memorated the tall and stately persons, as well as the un. given again to the takaris of hym.

swerving faith, of these foresters. Nor has their interesting Nem, ressavit in the clossat of Davidis tour, ane haly water-fat

fall escaped the notice of an elegant modern poetess, whose of silver, twa boxis, a cageat tume, a glas with rois-water, subject led her to treat of that calamitous engagement. a dosoune of torchis, King ROBERT BRUCIS SERK."

“ The glance of the mom had sparkled bright The real use of the antiquarian's studies is to bring the On their plumage green and their actons light; minute information which he collects to bear upon points of The bugle was strung at each hunter's side, history. For example, in the inventory I have just quoted, As they had been bound to the chase to ride; there is given the contents of the black kisl, or chest, belong. But the bugle is mute, and the shafts are spent, ing to James III., which was his strong box, and contained a The arm unnerved and the bow unbent, quantity of treasure, in money and jewels, surpassing what And the tired forester is laid might have been at the period expected of “ poor Scotland's Far, far from the clustering green wood shade!

Gard-vin, or wine-cooler.—o Chain.-3 Salt-cellars, an. ciently the object of much curious workmanship.

4 Dishes.

5 Basins.-6 Dial.- Cases of knives -8 Englab

hroats.

Sore have they toild-they are fallen asleep,

county : so hoping to draw forth the captain by that bait, and And their slumber is heavy, and dull, and deep! either to take him or the castle, or both. Neither was this When over their bones the grass shall wave,

expectation frustrated, for the captain did bite, and came When the wild winds over their tombs shall rave, forth to have taken this victual (as he supposed.) But ere he Memory shall lean on their graves, and tell

could reach these carriers, Sir James, with his company, had How Selkirk's hunters bold around old Stewart fell!" gotten between the castle and him; and these disguised car

WALLACE, or the Fight of Falkirk, [by Miss riers, seeing the captain following after them, did quickly
HOLFORD,) Lond. 4to, 1809, pp. 170-1. cast off their sacks, mounted themselves on horseback, and

met the captain with a sharp encounter, being so much the
more amazed, as it was unlooked for: wherefore, when he
saw these carriers metamorphosed into warriors, and ready
to assault him, fearing that which was, that there was some
train laid for them, he turned about to have retired to his

castle, but there he also met with his enemies ; between NOTE 3 G.

which two companies he and his whole followers were slain, When Bruce's banner had victorious floud,

so that none escaped: the captain afterwards being searched, O‘er Loudoun's mountain, and in Ury's vale.-P. 450.

they found (as it is reported) his mistress's letter about him.'

-HUME's History of the House of Douglas, fol. pp. 29, 30.1 The first important advantage gained by Bruce, after land. ing at Turnberry, was over Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke, the same by whom he had been defeated near Methven. They met, as has been said, by appointment, at Loudonhill, in the west of Scotland. Pembroke sustained a defeat; and from that time Bruce was at the head of a consider

NOTE 3 I. able flying army. Yet he was subsequently obliged to retreat into Aberdeenshire, and was there assailed by Comyn, And fiery Edward routed stout St. John.---P. 450. Earl of Buchan, desirous to avenge the death of his relative, the Red Comyn, and supported by a body of English troops

“ John de St. John, with 15,000 horsemen, had advanced under Philip de Moubray. Bruce was ill at the time of a scro

to oppose the inroad of the Scots. By a forced march he enfulous disorder, but took horse to meet his enemies, although deavoured to surprise them, but intelligence of his motions obliged to be supported on either side. He was victorious,

was timeously received. The courage of Edward Bruce, apand it is said that the agitation of his spirits restored his proaching to temerity, frequently enabled him to achieve health.

what men of more judicious valour would never have attempted. He ordered the infantry, and the meaner sort of his army, to intrench themselves in strong narrow ground. He himself, with fifty horsemen well harnessed, issued forth under cover of a thick mist, surprised the English on their march, attacked and dispersed them.”-DALRYMPLE'S Annals of Scotland, quarto, Edinburgh, 1779, p. 25.

NOTE 3 H.

When English blood oft deluged Douglas-dale.-P. 450. The "good Lord James of Douglas," during these commotions, often took from the English his own castle of Douglas,

NOTE 3 K. but being unable to garrison it, contented himself with destroying the fortifications, and retiring into the mountains.

When Randolph's war-cry suelld the southern gall.-P. 450. As a reward to his patriotism, it is said to have been prophesied, that how often soever Douglas Castle should be destroy

Thomas Randolph, Bruce's sister's son, a renowned Scottish ed, it should always again arise more magnificent from its chief, was in the early part of his life not more remarkable for ruins. Upon one of these occasions he used fearful cruelty, consistency than Bruce himself. He espoused his uncle's causing all the store of provisions, which the English had laid party when Bruce first assumed the crown, and was made up in his castle, to be heaped together, bursting the wine and prisoner at the fatal battle of Methven, in which his relative's beer casks among the wheat and flour, slaughtering the cattle hopes appeared to be ruined. Randolph accordingly not only upon the same spot, and upon the top of the whole cutting the submitted to the English, but took an active part against throats of the English prisoners. This pleasantry of the “good Bruce ; appeared in arms against him; and, in the skirmish Lord James" is commemorated under the name of the Doug where he was so closely pursued by the bloodhound, it is said las's Larder. A more pleasing tale of chivalry is recorded by his nephew took his standard with his own hand. But RanGodscroft.—“ By this means, and such other exploits, he so dolph was afterwards made prisoner by Douglas in Tweeddale, affrighted the enemy, that it was counted a matter of great and brought before King Robert. Some harsh language was jeopardie to keep this castle, which began to be called the exchanged between the uncle and nephew, and the latter was adventurous (or hazardous) Castle of Douglas; whereupon Sir committed for a time to close custody. Afterwards, however, John Walton being in suit of an English lady, she wrote to they were reconciled, and Randolph was created Earl of Mohim, that when he had kept the adventurous Castle of Dou-ray about 1312. After this period he eminently distinguished glas seven years, then he might think himself worthy to be a himself, first by the surprise of Edinburgh Castle, and aftersuitor to her. Upon this occasion Walton took upon him the wards by many similar enterprises, conducted with equal coukeeping of it, and succeeded to Thruswall, but he ran the rage and ability. same fortune with the rest that were before him. For Sir James, having first dressed an ambuscado near unto the place, he made fourtcen of his men take so many sacks, and fill thero with grass, as though it had been corn, which they car- ? This is the foundation of the Author's last romance, Custke ried in the way to Lanark, the chief market town in that Dangerous.--ED.

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