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after long attempting in vain to recover Bruce's trace, relinquished the pursuit. “ Others,” says Barbour, " affirm, that

upon

this occasion the king's life was saved by an excellent archer who accompanied him, and who perceiving they would be finally taken by means of the blood-hound, hid himself in a thicket, and shot him with an arrow. In which way,adds the metrical biographer, “this escape happened I am uncertain, but at that brook the king escaped from his pursuers.”

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« When the chasers rallied were,
And John of Lorn had met them there,
He told Sir Aymer all the case,
How that the king escaped was,
And how that he his five men slew,
And syne to the wood him drew.
When Sir Aymer heard this, in haste,
He sained him for the wonder :
And said, “ He is greatly to prise ;
« For I know none that living is,
« That at mischief can help him 80 :-
" I trow he should be hard to slay,
« And he were bodyn' evenly."
On this wise spake Sir Aymery."

BARBOUR'S BRUCE, p. 188.

The English historians agree with Barbour as to the mode in which the English pursued Bruce and his followers, and

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the dexterity with which he evaded them. The following is the testimony of Harding, a great enemy to the Scottish nation:

“ The King Edward with host hym sought full sore,
But aye he fled into woodes and strayte forest,
And slew his men at staytes and dangers those,
And at marreys and mires was ay full prest
Englishmen to kyll without any rest ;
In the mountaynes and cragges he slew ay where,
And in the nyght his foes he frayed full sore :

The King Edward with hornes and houndes him sought,
With men on fote, through marris, mosse, and myre,
Through wodes also, and mountains (wher thei fought,)
And euer the Kyng Edward hight men great hyre,
Hym for to take and by myght conquere ;
But thei might hym not gette by force ne by train,
He satte by the fyre when thei were in the rain.

HARDYNG's Chronicle, p. 303, 4.

Peter Langtoft has also a passage concerning the extremities to which King Robert was reduced, which he entitles

De Roberto Brus et fuga circum circa fit,

« And well I understood that the King Robyn
Has drunken of that blood the drink of Dan Warya.
Dan Taryn he les towns that he held,
With he made a res, and misberying of scheld.
Sithen into the forest he gede naked and wode,
Also a wild beast, eat of the grass that stood.
Thus Dan Waryn in his book men read,
God give the King Robyn, tbat all his kind so speed.

Sir Robynet the Brus he dorst none abide,
That they made him restus, bath in moor and wood-side,
To while he made his train, and did umwhile outrage.”

PETER LANGTOFT's Chronicle, vol. II. p. 336,

octavo, London, 1810.

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Note I.
For, glad of each pretext for spoil,

A pirate sworn was Cormac Doil.--St. IV. p. 87. A sort of persons common in the isles, as may be easily believed, until the introduction of civil polity. Witness the Dean of the Isles' account of Ronay. GS At the north end of Raarsay, be half myle of sea frae it, layes ane ile callit Ronay, maire then a myle in lengthe, full of wood and heddir, with ane havin for heiland galeys in the middis of it, and the same havein is guid for fostering of theives, ruggairs, and reivairs, till a nail, upon the peilling and spulzeing of poor pepill. This ile perteins to M'Gillychallan of Raarsay by force, and to the bishope of the iles be heritage.”—Sir DONALD MONRO's Description of the Western Islands of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1805, p. 22.

Note II.
Alas ! dear youth, the unhappy time,
Answer'd the Bruce,must bear the crime,

Since, guiltier far than you,
Eoen I. -he paused; for Falkirk's woes

Upon his conscious soul arose. -St. VII. p. 92. I have followed the vulgar and inaccurate tradition, that Bruce fought against Wallace, and the array of Scotland, at the fatal battle of Falkirk. The story, which seems to have no better authority than that of Blind Harry, bears, that having made much slaughter during the engagement, he sat down to dine with the conquerors without washing the filthy witness from his hands.

Fasting he was, and had been in great need,
Blooded were all his weapons and his weed;
Southeron lords scorn'd him in terms rude,
And said, Behold yon Scot eats his own blood.

Then rued he sore, for reason bad be knowo,
That blood and land alike should be his own;
With them he long was, ere he got away,
But contrair Scots, he fought not from that day.

The account given by most of our historians, of the conversation between Bruce and Wallace over the Carron river, is equally apocryphal.

There is full evidence that Bruce was not at that time on the English side, nor present at the battle of Falkirk; nay,

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