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Compare 1577 edition: 1 Now after that the truce with the Scots was expired, which tooke end at the feast of All saints last past, the king sent the lord Iohn Segraue, Polydor. The lord Se|graue sẽt with an armie into Scotland. a right valiant knight (but not so circumspect in his gouern|ment as was necessarie) with a great armie into Scotland, to haue the rule of the land as lord war|den of the same: with him was ioined also Rafe Confreie, treasurer of the armie. These two cap|teins comming to the borders, Abington. Polydor. and hearing that the Scotishmen alreadie were in armes, they entered into Scotland, and in order of battell passed foorth to Edenburgh, and hearing nothing of their eni|mies which kept them still in the mounteins, they de|uided their armie into three seuerall battels, two of the which came behind the fore ward vnder the lea|ding of the said Rafe Confreie, the third (that is to say) the fore ward, the lord Segraue led himselfe, in such order that there was the distance of foure miles betwixt their lodgings. This they did to be the more plentiouslie serued of vittels.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 But the Scots vnderstanding this order of their enimies, became the more hardie, and therevpon ha|uing knowledge where the lord Segraue was lod|ged with his companie, a good way off from the other two parts of the armie, they hasted forwards in the night season, and came néere vnto the place where the same lord Segraue was incamped, a little before daie, making themselues readie to assaile the En|glishmen in their campe. But the lord Segraue hauing knowlege of their comming, though he was counselled by some of them that were about him, ei|ther to withdraw vnto the other battels, or else to send vnto them to come to his aid, he would follow neither of both the waies; but like a capteine more hardie than wise in this point, disposed his compa|nies which he had there in order to fight, and incoura|ging them to plaie the men, immediatlie vpon the rising of the sunne, and that his enimies approched, he caused the trumpets to sound to the battell, and gaue therewith the ouset.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 The fight was sore and doubtfull for a while, till the Englishmen ouercome with the multitude of their enimies began to be slaine on ech side, so that few es|caped by flight. To the number of twentie worthie knights were taken,The English men vanqui|shed by the Scots. with their capteine the said lord Segraue being sore wounded, but he was by chance rescued and deliuered out of the enimies hands, by certeine horssemen, which vnder the leading of the EEBO page image 312 lord Robert Neuell a right valiant knight (vpon hearing the noise of them that fled) came on the spurs out of the next campe to the succour of their fellowes. Abington. Rafe Cõfreie was slaine at this incoun|ter, as Abing|ton saith. Rafe Confreie after this mishap (as Polydor saith) brought backe the residue of the armie into Eng|land, not thinking it necessarie to attempt any fur|ther enterprise at that time against the enimies, ouer|matching him both in strength and number. This in|counter chanced on the first sundaie in Lent. ¶I re|member the Scotish chronicles conteine much more of this enterprise greatlie to their glorie, and more (haplie) than is true, as by conferring the place where they intreat of it, with this that I haue here exem|plified out of our writers it may well appeare. The earle Marshall hauing spent largelie whilest he stood in contention against the king, who was now ear|nestlie called vpon to repaie such summes of monie as he had borowed of his brother Iohn Bigod, N. Triuet. The earle Marshall re|signeth his lands vnto the king. who was verie rich by reason of such benefices and spiri|tuall liuings as he had in his hands, the earle bicause he had no children, to whom he might leaue his lands, meant to haue left them vnto his said brother: but when he saw him so importunate in calling for the debts which he owght him; he tooke such displeasure therewith, that to obteine the kings fauour, and to disappoint his brother of the inheritance, he gaue vnto the king all his possessions, vpon conditi|on that the king adding thereto other lands in value woorth a thousand markes by yeare, should restore them to him againe to inioy during his life, the re|mainder after his deceasse to come vnto the king, and further, the king should paie and discharge him of all his debts.

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