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Note XIV.

Note XV. Ere Douglases, to ruin driven,

In Holy-Rood a Knight he slow.-P. 220), Were exiled from their native heaven.

--P. 219.

This was by no means an uncommon

occurrence in the Court of Scotland; nay, the The downfall of the Douglases of the presence of the sovereign himself scarcely house of Angus during the reign of James V : restrained the ferocious and inveterate is the event alluded"to in the text. The feuds which were the perpetual source of Earl of Angus, it will be remembered, had ! bloodshed among the Scottish nobility. The married the queen dowager, and availed him following instance of the murder of Sir self of the right which he thus acquired, as

William Stuart of Ochiltree, called The well as of his extensive power, to retain

Bloody, by the celebrated Francis, Earl of the king in a sort of tutelage, which ap:

Bothwell, may be produced among many; proached very near to captivity. Several but as the offence given in the royal court open attempts were made to rescue James will hardly bear a vernacular translation, from this thraldom, with which he was well I shall leave the story in Johnstone's Latin, known to be deeply disgusted; but the valour referring for further particulars to the naked of the Douglases and their allies gave them simplicity of Birrell's Diary, July 30, 1588. the victory in every conflict. At length the

Mors improbi hominis non tam ipsa king, while residing at Falkland, contrived immerita, quam pessimo exemplo in publito escape by night out of his own court and cum, faede perpetrata. Gulielmus Stuar. palace, and rode full speed to Stirling Castle,

tus Alkiltrius, Arani frater, naturà ac where the governor, who was of the opposite moribus, cujus saepius memini, vulgo faction, joyfully received him. Being thus propter sitem sanguinissanguinarius dictus, at liberty, James speedily summoned around à Bothvelio, in Sanctae Crucis Regia ex. him such peers as he knew to be most in ardescente ira, mendacii probro lacessitus, imical to the domination of Angus-and laid obscaenum osculum liberius retorquebat; his complaint before them, says Pitscottie,

Bothvelius hanc contumeliam tacitis tulit, ' with great lamentations; showing to them

sed ingentum irarum molem animo conhow he was holden in subjection, thir years

cepit. Utrinque postridie Edinburgi conbygone, by the Earl of Angus and his kin ventum, totidem numero comitibus armatis, and friends, who oppressed the whole country ! praesidii causa, et acriter pugnatum est; and spoiled it, under the pretence of justicies ! bus, aut

vi absterritis, ipse Stuartus for

caeteris amicis et clientibus metu torpentilieges, kinsmen, and friends, because they tissimè dimicat; tandem excusso gladio à would have had it inended at their hands, Bothvelio, Scythica feritate transfoditur, and put him at liberty, as he ought to have sine cujusquam misericordia; habuit itabeen, at the counsel of his whole lords, and que quem debuit exitum. Dignus erat not have been subjected and corrected with Stuartus qui pateretur; Bothvelius qui no particular men, by the rest of his nobles. faceret. Vulgiis sanguinem sanguine prae. Therefore, said he, I desire, my lords, that I dicabit, et horum cruore innocuorum mamay be satisfied of the said earl, his kin, and nibus egregiè parentatum.'-- Johnstoni friends; for I avow that Scotland shall not Historia Rerum Britannicarum, ab anno hold us both while (i. e. till] I be revenged on 1572 ad annum 1628. Amstelodami 1665, him and his.

'The lords, hearing the king's complaint and lamentation, and also the great rage, fury, and malice that he bore toward the Earl of Angus, his kin and friends, they concluded

NOTE XVI. all, and thought it best that he should be summoned to underly the law; if he found The Douglas, like a stricken deer, no caution, nor yet compear himself, that he Disown'd by every noble peer.-P. 220. should be put to the horn, with all his kin and friends, so many as were contained in the The exile state of this powerful race is not letters. And farther, the lords ordained, by exaggerated in this and subsequent passages. advice of his majesty, that his brother and The hatred of James against the race of friends should be summoned to find caution Douglas was so inveterate, that numerous to underly the law within a certain day, or ' as their allies were, and disregarded as the else be put to the horn. But the earl ap-, regal authority had usually been in similar peared not, nor none for him ; and so he cases, their nearest friends, even in the most was put to the horn, with all his kin and remote parts of Scotland, durst not entertain friends: so many as were contained in the them, unless under the strictest and closest summons that compeared not were banished, disguise. James Douglas, son of the ban. and holden traitors to the king.'

ished Iarl of Angus, afterwards well known

by the title of Earl of Morton, lurked, during : the exile of his family, in the north of Scotland,

fol., p. 135.

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under the assumed name of James Innes, Roxburgh Castle, that it was called the Foul otherwise James the Gricte (i.c. Reve or | Raid, or disgraceful expedition. llis ill-forBailiff). "And as he bore the name,' says tune left him indeed at the battle of Beaugé, Godscroft, 'so did he also execute the office in France; but it was only to return with of a grieve or overseer of the lands and rents, double emphasis at the subsequent action of the corn and cattle of him with whom he , Vernoil, the last and most unlucky of his lived.' From the habits of frugality and encounters, in which he fell, with the flower observation which he acquired in his humble' of the Scottish chivalry, then serving as situation, the historian traces that intimate auxiliaries in France, and about two thousand acquaintance with popular character which common soldiers, A.D. 1424. enabled him to rise so high in the state, and that honourable economy by which he repaired and established the shattered estates i of Angus and Morton.-History of the House

Note XX. of Douglas, Edinburgh, 1743, vol. ii. p. 160.

Did, self-unscabbarded, foreshow

The footstep of a secret foc.-P. 221. Note XVII.

The ancient warriors, whose hope and con

fidence rested chiefly in their blades, were Maronnan's cell.—P. 221.

| accustomed to deduce omens from them,

especially from such as were supposed to The parish of Kilmaronock, at the eastern , have been fabricated by enchanted skill, of extremity of Loch Lomond, derives its name which we have various instances in the from a cell or chapel, dedicated to Saint romances and legends of the time. The Maronock, or Marnock, or Maronnan, about wonderful sword SKOFXƯNG, wielded by the whose sanctity very little is now remembered. I celebrated Hrolf Kraka, was of this descripThere is a fountain devoted to him in the tion. It was deposited in the tomb of the same parish; but its virtues, like the merits monarch at his death, and taken from thence of its patron, have fallen into oblivion.

by Skeggo, a celebrated pirate, who bestowed it upon his son-in-law,* Kormak, with the following curious directions:—""The manner

of using it will appear strange to you. Note XVIII.

A small bag is attached to it, which take

heed not to violate. Let not the rays of the Bracklinn's thundering wave.-P. 221. sun touch the upper part of the handle, nor

unsheathe it, unless thou art ready for battle. This is a beautiful cascade made by a moun. But when thou coinest to the place of fight, tain stream called the Keltie, at a place called go aside from the rest, grasp and extend the the Bridge of Bracklinn, about a mile from sword, and breathe upon it. Then a small the village of Callender in Menteith. Above worm will creep out of the handle; lower the a chasm, where the brook precipitates itself handle, that he may more easily ieturn into from a height of at least fifty feet, there is it." Kormak, after having received the thrown, for the convenience of the neighbour-sword, returned home to his mother. He hood, a rustic footbridge, of about three feet showed the sword, and attempted to draw it, in breadth, and without ledges, which is as unnecessarily as ineffectually, for he could scarcely to be crossed by a stranger without not pluck it out of the sheath. His mother, awe and apprehension.

Dalla, exclaimed, "Do not despise the counsel given to thee, my son." kormak, however, repeating his efforts, pressed down

the handle with his feet, and tore off the bag, NOTE XIX. when Skofnung emitted a hollow groan:


still he could not unshcathe the sword. KorFor Tine-man forged by fairy lore.-P. 221. mak then went out with Bessus, whom he

I had challenged to fight with him, and drew Archiball, the third Earl of Douglas, was apart at the place of combat. He sat down so unfortunate in all his enterprises, that he ! upon the ground, and ungirding the sword, acquired the epithet of TIXE-MAN, because he which he bore above his vestments, did not tined, or lost, his followers in every battle remember to shield the hilt from the rays which he fought. He was vanquished, as of the sun. In vain he endeavoured to draw cvery reader must remember, in ihe bloody it, till he placed his foot against the hilt; battle of Homildon-hill, near Wooler, where then the worm issued from it. But Kormak he himself lost an eye, and was made prisoner did not rightly handle the weapon, in con by Hotspur. He was no less unfortunate sequence whereof good fortune deserted it. when allied with Percy, being wounded and As he unsheathed Skofnung, it emitted taken at the battle of Shrewsbury. He was a hollow murmur.'--Bartholini de Causis so unsuccessful in an attempt to besiege ! Contemptae a Danis adhuc Gentilibus

.-1'. 223

Mortis, Libri Tres. Hofniac, 1689, 4to, rlıythm is so irregular, and its notes, espeP. 574.

cially in the quick movement, so mixed and To the history of this sentient and prescient ' huddled together, that a stranger finds it weapon, I beg leave to adul, from inemory, ! impossible to reconcile his car töit, so as to the following legend, for which I cannot perceive its inodulation. Some of these produce any better authority1 young pibrochs, being, intended to represent a nobleman, of high hopes and fortune, chanceil battle, begin with a grave motion resembling to lose his way in the town which he in a march; then gradually quicken into the habited, the capital, if I mistake not, of onset; run off with noisy confusion, and a German province. He had accidentally turbulent rapidity, to imitate the conflict involved himself among, the narrow and and pursuit; then swell into a few flourishes winding streets of a suburb, inhabited by the of triumphant joy; and perhaps close with lowest order of the people, and an approach. I the wild and slow wailings of a funeral proing thunder-shower determined him to ask cession.'--Essayon Laughter and Ludicrous a short refuge in the most decent habitation Composition, chap. iii. Note. that was near him. Ile knocked at the door, which was opened by a tall man, of a grisly and ferocious aspect, and sordid dress. “The stranger was readily ushered to ! a chamber, where swords, scourges, and

Note XXII. inachines, which seemed to be implements of torture, were suspended on the wall.

Roderigh l'ich Alpine dhu, ho.' icroe! One of these swords dropped from its scalbard, as the nobleman, after a inoment's hesitation, crossed the threshold. His host Besides his ordinary name and surname, immediately stared at him with such a marked which were chiefly used in the intercourse expression, that the young man could not

with the Lowlands, every Highland chief had help demanding his name and business, and an epithet expressive of his patriarchal dignity the ineaning of his looking at him so fixedly.

as head of the clan, and which was common 'I am,' answered the man, 'the public

to all his predecessors and successors, as ("xecutioner of this city; and the incident Pharaoh to the kings of Egypt, or Arsaces you have observed is a sure augury that

to those of Parthia. This name was usually I shall, in discharge of my duty, one day a patronymic, expressive of his descent from cut off your head with the weapon which

the founder of the family. Thus the Duke has just now spontaneously unsheathed itof Argyle is called MacCallum More, or the self. The nobleman lost nó time in leaving son of Colin the Great. Sometimes, howhis place of refuge; but, engaging in some

ever, it is derived from armorial distinctions, of the plots of the period, was shortly after or the inemory of some great feat; thus decapitated by that very man and instrument. Lord Seaforth, as chief of the Mackenzies, Lord Lovat is said, by the author of the

or Clan Kennet, bears the epithet of Caber-fac, Letters froin Scotland, to have affirmed, or Buck's Head, as representative of Colin that a number of swords that hung up in Fitzgerald, founder of the family, who saved the hall of the mansion-house, leaped of the Scottish king when endangered by a stay. themselves out of the scabbard at the instant

But besides this title, which belonged to his he was born. The story passed current

office and dignity, the chieftain had usually among his clan, but, like that of the story another peculiar to himself, which distinI have just quoted, proved an unfortunate

guished him from the chieftains of the same omen.- Letters from Scotland, vol. ii.p. 21.4. race. This was sometimes derived from

complexion, as dhu or roy; sometimes from size', as beg or more; at other times from | some peculiar exploit, or from some peculi

arity of habit or appearance. The line of YOTE XXI.

the text therefore signifies,

* Black Roderick, the descenciant of Alpine.' Those thrilling sounds, that call the might of old (lan-Älpine to the fight.-.P. 222. The song itself is intended as an imitation

of the jorrams, or boat songs, of the The connoisseurs in pipe-music affect to ! Highlanders, which were usually composed discover in a well-composed pibroch, the

in honour of a favourite chict. They are so imitative sounds of march, conflict, lightadapted as to keep time with the sweup of pursuit, and all the current of a heady fight.

the vars, and it is easy to distinguish between To this opinion Dr. Beattie has given his

those intended to be sung to the oars of suffrage, in the following elegant passage:

a galley, where the stroke is lengthened and A pilroch is a species of tune, peculiar, doubled, as it were, and those which were I think, to the Highlands and Western Isles timed to the rowers of an ordinary boat. of Scotland. It is performed on a bagpipe, and differs totally from all other music. Its

.-P. 223.


of his own clan and their followers, and The best of Loch Lomond lie dead on her side.

partly of the Buchanans, his neighbours, and resolved to cut off Macgregor and his party to

a man, in case the issue of the conference iid The Lennox, as the district is called, which not answer his inclination. But matters fell encirclesthe lower extremity of Loch Lomond, otherwise than he expected; and though was peculiarly exposed to the incursions of the Macgregor had previous information of his mountaineers, who inhabited the inaccessible insidious design, yet dissembling his resent, fastnesses at the upper end of the lake, and ment, he kept the appointment, and parted the neighbouring district of Loch Katrine. good friends in appearance. These were often inarked by circumstances Yo sooner was le gone, than Luss, of great ferocity, of which the noted conflict thinking to surprise him and his party in fali of Glen-fruin is a celebrated instance. This security, and without any dread or aprehenwas a clan-battle, in which the Macgregors, sion of his treachery, followed with all speed, headed by Allaster Macgregor, chief of the and came up with him at a place called

, commanded by Sir Humphry Colquhoun of l vided his inen into two parties, the greatest Luss. It is on all hands a lowed that the part whereof he cominanded himself,nd the action was desperately fought, and that the other he committed to the care of his brother Colquhouns were defeated with great slaugh: John, who, by his orders, lead them about ter, leaving two hundred of their name another way, and attacked the Colquhouns dead upon the field. But popular tradition in ilank. Flere it was fought with great has added other horrors to the tale. It is i bravery on both sides for a considerable i ime; said, that Sir Humphry Colquhoun, who and, notwithstanding the vast disproportion was on horseback, escaped to the castle of of numbers, Macgregor, in the end, obtained Benechra, or Banochar, and was next day an absolute victory. So great was the rout, dragged out and murdered by the victorious that 200) of the Colquhouns were left dead Macgregors in cold blood. Buchanan of upon the spot, inost of the leading men were Auchmar, however, speaks of his slaug?ter killed, and a multitudle of prisoners taken. But as a subsequent event, and as perpetrated by what seemed most surprising and incredible the Macfarlanes. Again, it is reported that in this defeat, was, that none of the Macthe Macgregors murdered a number of

gregors were missing, except John, the laird's youths, whom report of the intended battle Brother, and one common fellow, though had brought to be spectators, and whom the indeed many of them were wounded.' ProColquhouns, anxious for their safety, had fessor Ross's History of the Family of shut up in a barn to be out of danger. One Sutherland, 1031. account of the Macgregors denies this cir. The consequences of the battle of Glencumstance entirely : another ascribes it to fruin were very calamitous to the family of the savage and bloodthirsty disposition of a Macgregor, who had already been considered single individual, the bastard brother of the l as an unruly clan. The widows of the slain Laird of Macgregor, who amused himself Colquhouns, sixty; it is said, in number, with this second inassacre of the innocents, appeared in coleful procession before the in express disobedience to the chief, by whom king at Stirling, cacli riding upon a white he was left their guardian during the pursuit | palirey; and bearing in her hand the bloody of the Colquhouns. It is added, that Mac shirt of her husband displayed upon a pike. gregor bitterly lamented this atrocious action, James VI was so much moved by the comand prophesied the ruin which it must bring plaints of this 'choir of mourning lames,' upon their ancient clan.

The following that he let loose his vengeance against account of the conflict, which is indeed the Macgregors, without viiher bounils or drawn up by a friend of the Clan-Gregor, inoderation." The very name of the clan was is altogether silent on the murder of proscribed, and those by whom it liad been the youths. 'In the spring of the


borne were given up to sword and fire, and 1602, there happened great ..ensions and absolutely hunted clown by bloo-lhounds troubles between the laird of Luss, chief of like wild beasts. Argyle and the Campbells, the Colquhouns, and Alexander, laird of on the one hand, Montrose, with the GraMacgregor. The original of these quarrels lames and Buchanans, in the other, are snil proceeded from injuries and provocations to have been the chief instrun ents in sup mutually given and received, not long before. ; pressing this devoted clan. The Laird of Macgregor, however, wanting to have them Macgregor surrendered to the former, on ended in friendly conferences, marched at the condition that he would take him out of head of two hundred of his clan to Leven, Scottish ground. But, to use Birrel's express which borders on Luss, his country, with sion, he kept 'a llighlandman's promise, '; a view of settling matters by the mediation and, although he fulfilled his word to the of friends: but Luss had no such intentions, letter, by carrying him as far as Berwick, he view. For "he privately

drew together a boly where he was executed with eighteen of his of 300 horse and 500 foot, composed partly clan.- BIRREL's Diary, Oct. 1 1003. The

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Clan-Gregor being thus driven to utter Isles, and there held justice courts, and despair, seem to have renounced the laws punished both thief and traitor according to from the benefit of which they were excluded, their demerit. And also he caused great and their depredations produced new acts men to show their holdings, wherethrough he of council, confirming the severity of their found many of the said lands in non-entry; proscription, which had only the effect of the which he confiscate and brought home to rendering them still more united and des his own use, and afterwards annexed them perate. It is a most extraordinary proof of to the crown, as ye shall hear. Syne brought the ardent and invincible spirit of clanship, many of the great men of the Isles captive that, notwithstanding the repeated proscrip with him, such as Mudyart, M'Connel, tions providently or lained by the legislature M'Loyd of the Lewes, M'Neil

, M'Lane, 'for the timeous preventing the disorders M'Intosh, John Mudyart, M'Kay, M'Kenzie, and oppression that may fall out by the said with many other that I cannot rehearse at name and clan of Macgregors, and their this time. Some of them he put in ward and followers,' they were in 1715 and 1745 a po some in court, and some he took pledges for tent clan, and continue to subsist as a distinct good rule in time coming. So he brought and numerous race.

the Isles, both north and south, in good rule

and peace; wherefore he had great profit, Note XXIV.

service, and obedience of people a long time

thereafter; and as long as he had the heads -The King's vindictive pride of the country in subjection, they lived in Boasts to have tamed the Border-side. great peace and rest, and there was great

-P. 226. riches and policy by the king's justice.' In 1529, James V made a convention at

PITSCOTTIE, P. 152. Edinburgh for the purpose of considering the best mode of quelling the Border robbers, who, during the license of his minority, and

Note XXVI. the troubles which followed, had committed many exorbitances. Accordingly, he assem Rest safe till morning; pity 'twere bled a flying, army of ten thousand men, Such cheek should feel the midnight air. consisting of his principal nobility and their

-P. 228. followers, who were directed to bring their hawks and dogs with them, that the monarch

Hardihood was in every respect so essential might refresh himself with sport during the

to the character of a Highlander, that the intervals of military execution. With this

reproach of effeminacy was the most bitter array he swept through Ettrick Forest, where

which could be thrown upon him. Yet it he hanged over the gate of his own castle,

was sometimes hazarded on what we might Piers Cockburn of Henderland, who had

presume to think slight grounds. It is re. prepared, according to tradition, a feast for ported of Old Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel, his reception. He caused Adam Scott of

when upwards of seventy, that he was surTushielaw also to be executed, who was

prised by night on a hunting, or military distinguished by the title of King of the expedition. He wrapped him in his plaid, Border. But the most noted victim of justice,

and lay contentedly down upon the snow, during that expedition, was John Armstrong

with which the ground happened to be of Gisnockie, famous in Scottish song, who preparing to take their rest in the same man

covered. Among his attendants, who were confiding in his own supposed innocence, mct the King, with a retinue of thirty-six persons,

ner, he observed that one of his grandsons, all of whom were hanged at Carlenrig, near

for his better accommodation, had rolled the source of the Teviot. The effect of this

a large snowball, and placed it below his severity was such, that, as the vulgar ex.

head. The wrath of the ancient chief was pressed it, 'the rush-bush kept the cow,' and

awakened by a symptom of what he conceived thereafter was great peace and rest a long

to be degenerate luxury. Out upon thee,' time, wherethrough the King had great profit;

said he, kicking the frozen bolster from the for he had ten thousand sheep going in the

head which it supported; 'art thou so effemEttrick Forest in keeping by Andrew Bell,

inate as to need a pillow?' The officer of who made the King as good count of them

engineers, whose curious letters from the as they had gone in the bounds of Fife.'

Highlands have been more than once quoted, PITScottie's History, p. 153.

tells a similar story of Macdonaldof Keppoch, and subjoins the following remarks :-"This

and many other stories are romantick; but NOTE XXV.

there is one thing, that at first thought might What grace for Highland Chiefs, judge ye credibly assured, that when the Highlanders

seem very romantick, of which I have been By fate of Border chivalry.-P. 226.

are constrained to lie among the hills, in James was in fact equally attentive to re cold dry windy weather, they sometimes soak strain rapine and feudal oppression in every | the plaid in some river or burn (i. e. brook), part of his dominions. "The king past to the and then, holding up a corner of it a little

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