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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
page 398



When the night was pafled, king David decamped, to purfue his match to Scotland ; and the Scots paffed through roads clofe to this caftle, heavily laden with the booty which they had made at Durham. As foon as fir William faw that they had pafled the caftle without halting, he failied out of it well armed on horfeback, with about forty companions, and followed in filence the laft divifion, which confided of horfes fo loaded with money and riches that they could fcarcely get on, and came up with them at the entrance of a fmall wood-; when he and his companions fell upon them, killed and wounded • upwards of two hundred, and took one hundred and twenty horfes very richly laden, which they drove towards the caftle. The cries and the runaways foon reached the lord William Douglas, who commanded the rearguard, and had already pafled the wood. Whoever at that time had feen the Scots return full gallop, over mountain and valley, with fir William Douglas at their head, would have been alarmed. They made fuch hafte that they foon came to the caftle, and afcended the hill on which it is fituated with great expedition ; but as they came to the barriers, thofe within had clofed them, and placed what they had feized in fafety. The Scots commenced a violent aflault, and the garrifon defended themfelves well : the two Williams did all they could devife to hurt each other. This lafted until tjie whole army, and even the king himfelf, arrived there. When


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