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your king, and will yield it to no power whatever. But I respect that of the Parliament, and require six days to consider its demand; for most important is my charge, and my councillors, alas ! are now few,? she added, bursting into tears, probably as she thought of the many ? Who on Flodden?s trampled sod, Rendered up their souls to God.? For their king and for their country, Alarmed at a refusal so daring, Angus entreated PLAN OF EDINRURGH, SHOWING THE FLODDEN WALL. (Snscd on &rdon of Rothiemy?s Mnp, 1647.) her brother, Henry VIII., by complaining that she had been little else than a captive in the Castle Edinburgh. Meanwhile the Duke of Albany had taken UP his residence at Holyrood, and seems to have proceeded, between 1515-16, with the enlargement the royal buildings attached to the Abbey House, in continuation of the works carried on there by the late king, till the day of Flodden. Throughout the minority of James V. Edinburgh continued tO her to obey the Estates, and took an instrument to the effect that he had no share in it; but she remained inexorable, and the mortified delegates returned to report the unsuccessful issue of their mission. Aware that she was unable to contend with the Estates, she secretly retired with her sons to Stirling, and, after placing them in charge of the Lords Borthwick and Fleming, returned to her former residence, though, according to Chalmers, she had no right of dowry therein. Distrusting the people, and, as a Tudor, distrusted by them, she remained aloof from all, until one day, escorted by Lord Home and fifty lances, she suddenly rode to the Castle of Blackadder (near Berwick), from be disturbed by the armed contentions of the nobles, especially those of Angus and Arran ; and in a slender endeavour to repress this spirit the salary of the Provost was augmented, and a small guard of halberdiers was appointed to attend him. Among those committed prisoners to the Castle by Albany were the Lord Home and his brother William for treason; they escaped, but were retaken, and beheaded 16th October, 1516, and their heads were placed on the Tolbooth.* Huntly and Moray were next prisoners, for fighting at the head of their vassals in the streets; and the next was Sir Lewk Stirling, for an armed brawl. --
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