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That blast was winded by the King !-St. XVIII. p. 153. The passage in Barbour, describing the landing of Bruce, and his being recognized by Douglas and those of his followers who had preceded him, by the sound of his horn, is in the original singularly simple and affecting.-The king arrived in Arran with thirty-three small row-boats. He interrogated a female if there had arrived any warlike men of late in that country. Surely, sir,” she replied, “ I can tell
you who lately came hither, discomfited the English governor, and blockaded his castle of Brodick. They maintain themselves in a wood at no great distance." The king, truly conceiving that 'this must be Douglas and his followers, who had lately set "forth to try their fortune in Arran, desired the woman to conduct him to the wood. She obeyed.
“ The king then blew his horn on highi ;
Then went they till the king in byc,
BARBOUR’s Bruce, Book V. p. 115, 16.
The kind, and yet fiery character of Edward Bruce, is well painted by Barbour, in the account of his behaviour after the battle of Bannockburn. Sir Walter Ross, one of the very few Scottish nobles who fell in that battle, was so dearly beloved by Edward, that he wished the victory had been lost, so Ross had lived.
Out-taken him, men bas not seen
2 Without lying
And here the venerable arch-deacon intimates a piece of scandal. Sir Edward Bruce, it seems, loved Ross's sister, per amours, to the neglect of his own lady, sister to David de Strathbogie, Earl of Athole. This criminal passion had evil consequences; for, in resentment of the affront done to his sister, Athole attacked the guard which Bruce had left at Cambuskenneth, during the battle of Bannockburn, to protect his magazine of provisions, and slew Sir William Keith the commander. For which treason he was forfeited.
In like manner, when in a sally from Carrick-fergus, Neil Fleming, and the guards whom he commanded, had fallen, after the protracted resistance which saved the rest of Edward Bruce's army, he made such moan as surprised his followers:
“ Sic moan be made meo bad ferly,'
Such are the nice traits of character so often lost in general history.
Upon the instant turn and stand.–St. XXVII. p. 164. : This incident, which illustrates so happily the chivalrous generosity of Bruce's character, is one of the many simple and natural traits recorded by Barbour. It occurred during the 'expedition which Bruce made to Ireland, to support the pretensions of his brother Edward to the throne of that king dom. Bruce was about to retreat, and his host was arrayed for moving.
“ The king has heard a woman cry, att
For certes I trow there is no man
While she was delivered he bade;
BARBOUB's Bruce, Book XVI. pp. 39, 40.