Wallace, as tradition states him to be. The truth seems to be, that Menteith thoroughly engaged in the English interest, pursued Wallace closely, and made him prisoner through the treachery of an attendant, whom Peter Langtoft calls Jark Short.

« William Waleis is nomen that master was of theves,
Tiding to the king is comen that robbery mischeives,
Sir John of Benetest sued William so nigh,
le tok him when he weep'd least, on night, his leman bim by,
That was through treason of Jack Short bis man,
Ile was the encbeson that Sir Jobn so him ran,
Jack's brother had he slain, the Walleis that is said,
The more Jack was fain to do William that braid."

From this it would appear that the infamy of seizing Wallace, must rest between a degenerate Scottish nobleman, the vassal of England, and a domestic, the obscure agent of his treachery; between Sir John Menteith, son of Walter, Earl of Menteith, and the traitor Jack Short.

Note XIII.
Where's Nigel Bruce and De la Huye;
And valiant Seton-where are they?
Where Somerville, the kind and free?

And Fraser, flower of chivalry &-St. XXVI. p. 70. When these lines were written, the author was remote from the means of correcting his indistinct recollection concerning the individual fate of Bruce's followers, after the bat.

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tle of Methven. Hugh de la Haye and Thomas Somerville of Lintoun and Cowdally, ancestor of Lord Somerville, were both made prisoners at that defeat, but neither was executed.

Sir Nigel Bruce was the younger brother of Robert, to whom he committed the charge of his wife and daughter, Marjorie, and the defence of his strong castle of Kildrummie, near the head of the Don, in Aberdeenshire. Kildrummie long resisted the arms of the Earls of Lancaster and Hereford, until the magazine was treacherously burnt. The garrison was then compelled to surrender at discretion, and Nigel Bruce, a youth remarkable for personal beauty, as well as for gallantry, fell into the hands of the unrelenting Edward. He was tried by a special commission at Berwick, was condemned, and executed.

Christopher Seatoun shared the same unfortunate fate. He also was distinguished by personal valour, and signalized himself in the fatal battle of Methven. Robert Bruce adventured his person in that battle like a knight of romance. He dismounted Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke, but was in his turn dismounted by Sir Philip Mowbray. In this emergence Seatoun came to his aid, and remounted him. Langtoft mentions, that in this battle the Scottish wore white surplices, or shirts, over their armour, that those of rank might not be known. In this manner both Bruce and Seatoun escaped. But the latter was afterwards betrayed to the English, through means, according to Barbour, of one Mac-Nab, “ a disciple of Sudas,” in whom the unfortunate knight reposed entire con

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fidence. There was some peculiarity respecting his punishment; because, according to Matthew of Westminster, he was considered not as a Scottish subject, but an Englishman. He was therefore taken to Dumfries, where he was triell, condemned, and executed, for the murder of a soldier slain hy him. His brother, John de Seton, had the same fate at Newcastle; both were considered as accomplices in the slaughter of Comyn, but in what manner they were particularly accessary to that deed does not appear.

The fate of Sir Simon Frazer, or Frizel, ancestor of the family of Lovat, is dwelt upon at great length, and with savage exultation, by the English historians. This knight, who was renowned for personal gallantry and high deeds of chivalry, was also made prisoner, after a gallant defence, in the battle of Methven. Some stanzas of a ballad of the times, which, for the sake of rendering it intelligible, I have translated out of its rude orthography, give minute particulars of his fate. It was written immediately at the period, for it mentions the Earl of Athole as not yet in custody. It was first published by the indefatigable Mr Ritson, but with so many contractions and peculiarities of character, as to render it illegible, excepting by antiquaries.

This was before Saint Bartholomew's mass,
That Frizel was y-taken, were it more other less,
To Sir Thomas of Multon, gentil baron and free,
And to Sir John Jose be-take tho was he

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Soon after the tiding to the king come,
Hë sent him to London, with mony armed groom,
He came in at Newgate, I tell you it on a-plight,
A garland of leaves on his head y-dight

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Of green,

For he should be y-know
Both of high and of low,

For the traitour I ween,

Y-fettered were his legs under his horse's wombe,
Both with iron and with steel mancled were his hond,
A garland of pervynk' set upon his heved, 2
Much was the power that him was bereved,

In land.
So God me anend,
Little he ween'd

So to be brought in hand.

This was upon our lady's even, forsooth I understand,
The justices sate for the knights of Scotland,
Sir Thomas of Multon, an kinde knyght and wise,
And Sir Ralph of Sandwich that mickle is hold in price,

And Sir John Abel,
Moe I might tell by tale
Both of great and small

Ye know sooth well.

Then said the justice, that gentil is and free,
Sir Simond Frizel the king's traiter hast thou be ;


Ź lead.

In water and in land that mony mighten see,
What sayst thou thereto, how will thou quite be,

Do say,

So foul he him wist,
Ncde war on trust

For to say pay.

With fetters and with gins' y-hot he was to draw
From the Tower of London that many men might know,
In a kirtle of Burel, a selcouth wise,
And a garland on his head of the new guise.

Through Cheape
Many men of England
For to see Symond

Thitherward can leap.

Though he cam to the gallows first he was on hung,
All quick beheaded that him thought long ;
Then he was y-opened, his bowels y-brend,?
The heved to London-bridge was send

To shende.
So evermore mote I the,
Some while weened he

Thus, little to stand. 3

He rideth through the city, as I tell may,
With gamen and with solace that was their play,
To London-bridge be took the way,
Mony was the wives child that thereon lacketh a day,4

And said, alas!
That he was yoborn
And so vilely forlorn,

So fair man he was.5

I He was condemned to be drawn.

2 Burned. 3 Meaning, at one time' he little thought to stand thus. 4 viz. Saith Lack-a-day.

5 The gallant knight, like others in the same situation, was pitied by the female spectators as a proper young man."

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