Imagens da página

patched Brini of Johnson in pursuit, and he detained them with him. The king declared that they should remain that winter in Norway, because they had gone away without taking leave, contrary to what other envoys did."—Haco's Expedition.

It is to be regretted, that the king of Norway did not exercise the same wholesome severity in the instance of Sir Patrick Spens.

Late late yestreen I saw the new moon,

Wi' the auld moon in her arm."—P. 51, 1. 17."Anno Domini M.C.D.XXV. undecimo die Octobris, tarn validus ventus subito est exortus, ut a magnis retroactis temporibus non recolunt homines consimilem audivisse. Cujus violentia naves et batellse undique quassatae perierunt. Similiter et coram Leth, navis immanissima Lumbardorum quae le Crake vocatur, fracta est ipsa eadem hora mutationis nova? lunae unde tota ilia luna, sive mensis erat valde periculosa et ventosa, nunc ventus nunc pluvia, nunc subito aura levis, et subito in ventum agitata."—Forduni Scotichron:

The Cupar MS. of Fordun says, " nunquam duabus horis in eodem statu perraansit."—(mensis)

When a bout Jiew out of our goodly ship.—P, 52. 1. 19.

Mr Scott supposes that a plank had started; but the more particular meaning seems to be, that a bar, or bolt (Scoticfe bout) had loosened.

"Igitur Godredus subjugavit sibi Dubliuiam et magnam partem de Laynester—Scotos vero ita perdomuit ut nullus qui fabricaret navem vel scapham, ausus esset plusquam tres clavos inserere.—Chron. Mannite" p. 8. These clavi seem to be iron bolts for fastening the principal parts of vessels.

And mony was the feather bed, That flattered on thefaem.—P. 53. L 13. This mention of feather-beds, is, perhaps, rather premature; at least we find, from Froissart, that, even in the reign of David II., the French ambassadors, who had been sent to excite the nation to a war with England, complained grievously of their bad accommodation at Edinburgh, and, in particular, of the want of soft beds.

Halfou'r, halfou'r to Aberdour.—P. 54. 1. 9. There are many variations of this line, but the rhyme seems to justify the present reading.—Bishop Percy has a note on "Aberdour" which, were it correct, would be a great corroboration. He explains it, "a village lying upon the river Forth, the entrance to which is sometimes denominated, De mortuo mari •" that is, from its dangerous navigation. But the truth is, that De mortuo mari is only the designation of a family (Mortimer), who were lords of Aberdour. The bishop may have been led into the error, from looking over, cursorily, the Register of the Abbey of Inchcolm, which bears, Alanus de Mortuo Mart, Miles, Dominus de Aberdaur, dedit omnes et iotas demidietates Terrarum Villa sua de Aberdaur, Deo et monachis de Insula Sancti Columbi," &c.

The Mortimers, I believe, received their name from the Dead Sea in Palestine, during the times of the Crusades.


"Upon the first of January, 1630, the laird of Frendraught, and his complices, fell in a trouble with William Gordon of Rothemay, and his complices, where the said William was unhappily slain, being a gallant gentleman; and on Frendraught's side was slain George Gordon, brother to James Gordon of Lesmoir, and divers others were hurt on both sides. The marquis, and some well-set friends, settled this feud; and Frendraught ordained to pay to the lady relict of Rothemay, and the bairns, fifty thousand merks, in composition of the slaughter; whilk, as was said, was truly paid.

"Upon the 27th of September, 1630, the laird of Frendraught having in his company Robert Crightoun of Candlau, and James Lesly, son to John Lesly of Pitcaple, with some other servants, the said Robert, after some speeches, shoots the said James Lesly through the arm. They were parted; and he conveyed to Pitcaple, and the other, Frendraught, shot out of his company."Likeas Frendraught, upon the fifth of October, held conference with the Earl of Murray, in Elgin; and, upon the morn, he came to the bog of Gight, where the Marquis made him welcome. Pitcaple loups on about 30 horse, in jack and spear, (hearing of Frendraught's being in the bog) upon Thursday the 7th of October, and came to the Marquis, who, before his coming, had discreetly directed Frendraught to confer with his

« AnteriorContinuar »