The Works of Walter Scott, Esq Volume 18
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...prisoner, to the infinite prejudice of the royal cause; his place being poorly supplied by Archibald Douglas, although a brave soldier, and brother to the good lord James. lt was a great additional misfortune, that a short time after, in a severe battle which was fought on the borders, the knight of Liddisdale (sir VVilliam Douglas, natural son of the good lord James) was defeated in a considerable action, and made prisoner. He was treated with great rigour, and detained captive for two years. Thus was Scotland deprived, in her hour of utmost need, of two more of her choicest soldiers. Edward lII. now prepared (May, i333.) t assist his vassal Baliol, and, assembling a large army, came before Berwick, the securing of which place the Scots deemed justly an object of primary consequence, since Baliol had consented to surrender it to England. The earl of March; whose apostasy was not yet suspected, was govornor of the castle of Berwick, and sir Alexander Seaton of the town. They defended ih? Place strenuously, and burnt a large vessel with which the English assaulted the walls from the sea. But the garrison were reduced to such distress, that they were compelled, according to the custom of the time, to agree to surrender, if not relieved by a certain day, and hostages were delivered to that effect, the son of Seaton the governor being one. Before the time appointed the numerous army ofScotland appeared in sight of Berwick, and succeeded in throwing some knights and soldiers into the place. One efthet iormer, sir William Keith, assumed the coinmantlof the town. '"' But the caution _of the English, who kept within-their trenches and refused a general action-, prevented the relief from accomplishing the raising of the siege. In order to...
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