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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.
page 393



a large army, entered Moray, for the purpose of warring against Harold Macmanud*0 who had taken possession of that territory; but before the king arrived in Caithness, Harold fiod to his ships, being unwilling to engage with the king. On this, the king of the Scots sent his army to Turreham, a town belonging to the said Harold, and destroyed his castle at that place. Accordingly, Harold, perceiving that the king would entirely lay waste his lands, came to the king's feet, and threw himself upon his mercy, the more especially, as there was a storm raging at sea, and the wind was contrary to him when attempting to reach the Orkney islands : he also made oath to the king, that he would bring to him all his enemies, on the next occasion that the king should return to Moray, and on that account the king allowed him to hold the moiety of Caithness : the other moiety of Caithness the king gave to Harold the younger, the nephew of Reginald, former earl of Orkney and Caithness. The king then returned into his territories, and Harold to Orkney. After this, in the autumn, the king of the Scots returned to Ilvernarran, in Moray, for the purpose of receiving his enemies at the hand of Harold ; but, after Harold had brought them to the port of Locloy, near Ilvernarran, he allowed them to depart. The king returning late from the chase, Harold came to him, bringing with him two boys, his nephews, for the purpose of delivering them to the king, as hostages ; and on being asked by the king where his enemies were, whom he was to deliver up to him, and where his son Torphin was, whom he had promised to deliver to him as a hostage, he made answer, " I let them go4 knowing that if I delivered them to you, they would not escape out of your hands ; and as for my son, I could not bring him, because in this land I have no other heir." Consequently, because he had not observed the covenants which he had made with his master, the king, he was condemned to remain in the king's custody, until his son should appear and become a hostage ; and because he had allowed the king's enemies to escape, he was adjudged to have forfeited the lands which he held of the king. The king accordingly took Harold with him to the castle of Edinburgh, and kept him in prison until his people in Orkney had brought his son Torphin ; on which, delivering him to their lord the king, as a hostage, they released Harold from the king's custody, and he returned w V.r. Macinadit.


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