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little better than a sort of King of Brentford, whom old Grig (who has alima swelled into Gregorius. Magnus) associated with himself in the important duty of governing some part of the north eastern coast of Scotland.
Notes to Marmion.
To Henry meek she gave repose:
The cloth-yard arrows flew like hail.
March armed, on foot, with faces bare.
On foot the yeomen too. Bows and quivers were in vain recommended to the peasantry of Scot land, by repeated statutes; spears and ases seem universally to have beet used instead of them. Their defensive armour was the plate-jack, hauberk, or brigantine; and their missile weapons cross bows and culverins. All wore swords of excellent temper, according to Patten; and a volumia nous handkerchief round their neck,"not for cold, but for cutting." Tho mace also was much used in the Scottish army.
A banquet rich, and costly wines. In all transactions of great or petty importance, and among whomson ever taking place, it would seem that a present of wine was an uniform and indispensable preliminary.
bis iron belt,
In memory of his father slain.
The person and character of James are delineated according to our best historians. His: romantic, disposition, which led him highly to rel.sh gaiety, approaching to license, was at the same time, tinged with. en. thusiastic devotion. These propensities sometimes formed a strange cone trast. He was wont, during his fits of devotion, to assume the dress, and conform to the rules of the order of: Franciscans; and when he had thus done penance for some time in Stirling, to plunge again into the tide of pleasure.
Sir Hugh the Heron's wife held sway.
For her to break a lance.
Archibald Bell-the-Cat. Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus, a man remarkable for strength of body and mind, acquired the popular name of Bell-the-Cat, upon the folo lowing remarkable occasion : James the Third, of whom Piiscottie complains that he delighted more in music and “politics of building, than in hunting, hawking, and other noble exercises, was so ill advised as to make favourites of his architects and musicians, whom the same historian irreverently terms masons and fiddlers. His nobility, who did not sympa. thize in the king's respect for the fine arts, were extremely incensed at honours conferred on these persons, particularly on Cochrane, a mason, who had been created Earl of Mar. And seizing the opportunity when, in 1482, the king had convoked the whole array of the country to march against the English, they held a midnight council in the church of Lauder, for the purpose of forcibly removing these minions from the king's person. When all had agreed on the propriety of the measure, Lord Gray told the assembly the Apologue of the Mice; who had formed a resolution that it would be highly advantageous to their community to tie a bell round the cat's neck, that they might hear her approach at a distance; but: which public measure unfortunately miscarried, from no mouse being willing to undertake the task of fastening the bell. “1 understand the moral,” said Angus, "and that what we propose may not lack execution, I will bell the cat."
And chafed his royal lord.
of the name of Douglas. The aged earl, broken-hearted at the calamitics of his house and his country, retired into a religious house, where he died about a year after the field of Flodden.
NOTE XI. Then rest you in Tantallon Hold. The ruins of Tantallon Castle occupy a high rock projecting into the German Ocean, about two miles east of North Berwick. Tantallon was a principal castle of the Douglas family, and when the Earl of Angus was banished in 1527, it continued to hold out against Jamos V. When the Earl returned from banishment, upon the death of James, he again obtained possession of Tantallon, and it actually afforded refuge to an English ambassador, under circumstances similar to those described in the text. This was no other than the celebrated Sir Ralph Sadler, who resided there for some time under Angus's protection, after the failure of his negotiation for matching the infant Mary with Edward VI,
Their motto on his blade. A very ancient sword, in possession of Lord Douglas, bears, among a great deal of flourishing, iwo hands pointing to a heart, which is placed betwixt them, and the date, 1329, being the year in which Bruce charged the Good Lord Douglas to carry his heart to the Holy Land.
Martin Swart. The name of this German general is preserved by that of the field of battle, which is called, after him, Swartmoor.--There were songs about him long current in England.---See Dissertation prefixed to Ritson's Ancient Songs, 1792, page lxi.
Dun-Edin's Cross. The cross of Edinburgh was an ancient and curious structure. The lower part was an octagonal tower, sixteen fect in diameter, and about fifteen feet high.
This awful summons came.
Before a venerable pile.
The savage Dane
At Iol more deep the mead did drain.
On Christmas eve the mass was sung.
If asked to tell a fairy tale.
The towers of Franchemont. The journal of the friend, to whom the Fourth Canto of the poem is inscribed, furnishes me with the following account of a striking superstition :
“Passed the pretty little village of Franchemont (near Spaw), with tho romantic ruins of the old castle of the Counts of that name. The road leads through many delightful vales, on a rising ground; at the extremity, of one of them stands the ancient castle, now the subject of many superstitious legends. It is firmly believed by the neighbouring peasantry, that the last Baron of Franchemont deposited, in one of the vaults of the castle, a ponderous chest, containing an immense treasure in gold and silver, which, by some magic spell, was entrusted to the care of the devil, who is constantly found seated on the chest in the shape of a huntsman. Any one adventurous enough to touch the chest is instantly siezed with the palsy. Upon one occasion, a priest of noted piety was brought to the vault: he used all the arts of exorcism to persuade his internal majesty to vacate his seat, but in vain; the huntsman remained immoveable. A last, moved by the earnestness of the priest, he told him that he would agree to resiga the chest, if the exorciser would siga his name with blood
But the priest understood his meaning, and refused, as by that act he would have delivered over his soul to the devil. Yet if any body can discover the mystic words used by the person who deposited the treasure, and pronounce them, the fiend must instantly decamp. I had many stories of a similar nature from a peasant, who had himself seen the devil, in the shape of a great cat."
A Bishop by the altar stood. The well known Gawain Douglas, Bishop of Dunkeld, son of Archibald Bell-the-Cat, Earl of Angus. He was author of a Scottish metrical version of the Æneid, and of many other poetical pieces of great merit. Ho had not at this period attained the mitre,
As wood-knife shreds the sapling spray.
Let the portcullis fall.
“At this saying, the oorl was highly offended, and cried for horse. Su