The History of Scotland During the Reigns of Queen Mary and King James VI., Till His Accession to the Crown of England; With a Review of the Scottish History Previous to That Period and an Appendix Containing Original Papers Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1802 edition. Excerpt: ... ob scure; an immense space is left for invention to pccupy; each nation, with a vanity inseparable rpm human nature, hath filled that void wish events calcu calculated to display its own antiquity and lustre. History, which ought to record truth and to teach wisdom, often sets.out with retailing fictions and absurdities. Ongin of The Scots carry their pretensions to antiquity as high as any of their neighbours. Relying upon uncertain legends, and the traditions of their bards, still more uncertain, they reckon up a series of kings several ages before the birth of Christ; and give a particular detail of the occurrences which happened in their reigns. But with regard to the Scots, as'well as the other northern nations, we receive the earliest accounts on which we can depend, not from their own, but from the Roman A.d. ti. authors. When the Romans, under Agricola, first carried their arms into the northern parts of Britain, they found it possessed by the Caledonians, a fierce and warlike people; and having repulsed, rather than conquered them;, they erected a strong wall between the firths of Forth and Clyde, and there fixed the boundaries of their empire. Adrian, on account of the difficulty of defending such a disA. D. Ii. tant frontier, contracted the limits of the Roman province in Britain, by building a second wall, which ran between Newcastle and Carlisle. The ambition of succeeding Emperors endeavoured to recover what Adrian had abandoned; and the country between the two walls -was alternately under the dominion of the Romans, and that of the Caledonians. About the beginning of the sifth century, the inroads of the Goths and other Barbarians obliged the Romans, in order to defend the.... centre centre of their empire, to recal...
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