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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.1

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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.1
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çopntry as far às Scone, and deftroyed ihe good town of Dunfermline, but touched not the abbey, for the king had itricUy forbidden it. They conquered the country as far as Dundee, and took Dumbarton, a veryftrong caftle on the borders of the Highlands, whither the king, and the queen, his confort, had retired*. No one dared to oppofe the Englifh ; for the Scots had all retreated to the forefts of Jedworth, which are im *. " Edward appears to have been at Belford on his march northward, 7 th May; Faedera, torn. iv. p. 557. So that it is probable, that, in a day or two after, he came to Berwick. Froiflart relates, that Edward leaving Baliol with his forces before Berwick, invaded Scotland, wafted the country, penetrated as far north as Dundee, and from thence marched acrofs the iiland to the neighbourhood of Dumbarton ; that he took the cailles of Edinburgh and Dalkeith, and placed garrifons in them ; and that, after having employed fix months in this expedition, he returned to the feige of Berwick. This ifcory has been tranfcribed by divers hiftoriant who could not diftinguifh when Froiflart was well informed, and when not. " Froiflart has placed in 1333 events, which, as to many particulars, occurred afterwards. This cour/e of ftx months is an impoflibility ; for Edward did not come to the feige of Berwick before May, and the place furrendered on the 20th of July, Befides, it appears from the Faedera, torn. iv. pp. 558, 564, that Edward was ih the neighbourhood of Berwick May 27th and 30th, the 2d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 26tK June, and the 2d, 6th, and 15th of July: fo that he never could have been three weeks abfent ; and, indeed, it is not probable that he was ever abfent from the feige. A n invafion of Scotland at that time could have ferved no purpofe of corî queft, and, by dividing the army, might have had fatal conse quences." Lord HAILSS' Annals. pene-'


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