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Compare 1577 edition: 1 Indeed the trauell taken heerein is not great, bicause I tie not my translation vnto his letter, neither the treatise of it selfe such, as ta|keth vp any huge roome in the volume of this chronicle. But such as it is, and whatsoeuer it is, I yeeld it wholie vnto you, as a testimonie of my good will, which detesteth vtterlie to receiue a|ny benefit, though it be neuer so small, and not to be thankfull for it Certes my vocation is such, as calleth me to a farre other kind of studie, so that I exercise these things onlie for recreation sake, & to saie the truth, it is much vnsitting for him that professeth Diui|nitie, to applie his time any otherwise vnto contemplation of ciuill histories. And this is the cause wherfore I haue chosen rather, on|lie EEBO page image 4 with the losse of three or foure daies to translate Hector out of the Scotish (a toong verie like vnto ours) than with more ex|pense of time to deuise a new, or follow the Latine copie, which is far more large and copious. How excellentlie if you consider the art, Boetius hath penned it, and the rest of his historie in Latine, the skilfull are not ignorant: but how profitablie and compendi|ouslie Iohn Bellenden archdeacon of Murrey his interpretor hath turned him from the Latine into the Scotish toong, there are ve|rie few Englishmen that know, bicause we want the books.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Wherefore sith the learned read him in his owne stile, and his countrimen in their naturall language, why should not we borow his description, and read the same in English likewise, sith the kno|ledge therof may redound to the great benefit of so manie as read or heare the same? Accept therefore (right worshipfull) this my simple offer, and although I assure my selfe, your naturall inclina|tion to be such, as that it will take nothing in ill part that is well meant toward you, how rudelie soeuer it be handled in the doing, yet I will not let to craue pardon for my presumption, in that I dare be so bold as to offer such a trifle to you, whom more weigh|tie affaires doo dailie call from things of so small importance. Almightie God keepe your worship from time to time in his feare, and blesse you and my good ladie your wife with such increase of his benefits, as may most redound to his glorie, & your own ad|uantage.

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The contents of the chapters conteined in this booke.

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  • 1 _OF the bounds of Albion, with the sundrie commodities thereof, and of the great infirmities that fall vnto the people there for their intemperan|cie: and finallie of the religion vsed there in old time.
  • 2 The description of the east, west, and middle borders of Scotland, with the most notable townes and flouds thereof.
  • 3 The description of Gallowaie, Kile, Carricke, and Cunningham, with the nota|ble townes, lakes, and riuers in the same.
  • 4 The situation of Renfrew, Cliddesdale, Lennox, Lowmund, Argile, Loughqua|ber, Lorne and Kentire, with all the notable things conteined in the same.
  • 5 Of Rosse, Stranauerne, and Murrey land, with such lakes and riuers as are to bee touched there.
  • 6 Of Boene, Anze, Buquhane, Mar, Mernes, Fiffe & Angus, with the lakes, flouds, abbeis, townes, and other notable commodities there to be seene and found.
  • 7 Of Louthian, Striuelin, Menteith, Calidon wood, Bowgewall, Gareoth, with the notable cities, castels and flouds thereof.
  • 8 Of the great plentie of hares, harts, and other wild beasts in Scotland, also of the strange nature of sundrie Scotish dogs, and of the nature of salmon.
  • 9 Of sundrie kinds of muskles and cockles in Scotland, and pearles gotten in the same. Of vncouth and strange fish there to be seene, and of the nature of the herbe Citisus, commonlie called Hadder.
  • 10 Of the Iles of Scotland, and such notable things as are to be found in them.
  • 11 Of the nature of their Claike geese, and diuerse maner of their procreation, and of the Ile of Thule.
  • 12 The description of Orkeney, and Shetland, with other sundrie small Iles, and of the maners and conditions of the people dwelling in the same.
  • 13 Of the maners of the Scots in these daies, and their comparison with the beha|uiour of the old and such as liued long since within this Iland.
  • 14 The description of an ancient Pict, and such as dwelled beyond the wall of Hadrian.
  • 15 Of bishoprikes, vniuersities, and counties in Scotland.

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