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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.9

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.9
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fil the field. In confequence, he rofe from table, ordered his horfes to be faddled, and his trum-pets to found for thofe who had horfes to make themfelves ready, and the infanty to be drawn out in array for quitting the place. When my fall. ' It Is m old proverb, that a dead man iiai gain a field, and I hope it will be accorophihed this fright/ ' The two fquires of the body to Douglas were Robert Hart and Simon Glendinning : the chaplain, Richard JLundie, afterwards archdeacon of Aberdeen. • The banner of Douglas was borne by bis natural fou, Archibald Douglas, anceftor of the family of Cavers, heredi-tary Jherifla of Tiviotdale, amongft whofe arehieves this glo-rious relic is til preferred. The earl, at the onfet, is faid to have charged his fon to defend it to the lait drop of his blood* • Hotfpur, for his ranfom to the lord Montgomery, built the caille of Penoon, in Ayrfhire, belonging to the family of Montgomery, now earls of Eglintoun.* In this ballad, Douglas is faid to have been murdered by one of his own men ; and, in the introductory difeourfe, there feems to have been a traditionary foundation for it, and the very perfon is named that was fuppofed to |iive done the deed ; but Mr. Scott rejects this as totally untrue, and arilûg from the common defire of aligning fome remote and extraordinary caufe for the death of a great man. Dr. Percy fays in a note, that ' Otterbourne is near the old Watling ftreet road, in the pariUi of£lfdon. The Scots were encamped on a grafly plain near the river Read. The place where the Scots and Englifh fought is ilill called Battle-riggs/ Warriors mmiimei by Froissari m engaged mt OtteremtrM : ^ • Sir Robert Avereequi. Erskine. Sir Robert Erskifee of Alva was taken at Homeldown. ' • Sir Marc Ordrenoeii. A terrible corruption of John Gordon, killed in the battle. Perhaps (like on* of his fons} he


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