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Count?s troops, chiefly cavalry, now gave way, but still fighting with the dogged valour of Walloons. Part of them that fled by Sk Mary?s Wynd were nearly cut to pieces by Sir David de Annan, who led his men battle-axe in hand. The few that escaped him joined others who had reached the Castle. There they slaughtered their horses, made a rampart of the bodies,andfought behind it with an energy born of despair, till hunger and thirst on the following day compelled them to capitulate, and the Earl of Moray suffered them to depart on giving oath never again to beararms against David 11. of Scotland. In 1867 agreat q u a n t i t y of bones-the relics of this conflictwere discovered about five feet below the surface, on the northern verge of the Eurghmuir, where now Glengyl e Terrace is built, and were decently re-interred by the authorities. In 1336 Edward III., still prosecuting the cause of the minion ~~ cunning enemy to whom the secret is unknown. The entrance is still seen in the side of the deep draw-well, which served alike to cloak their purpose and to secure for the concealed a ready supply of pure water. From this point Ramsay often extended his ravages into Northumberland. ?? WALLACE?S CRADLE,? EDINBURGH CASTLE. Baliol against King David, re-fortified the ruin ; and on the 15th June Sir John de Kingeston was again appointed its governor ; but he had a hard time of it ; the whole adjacent country was filled by adventurous bands of armed Scots. The most resolute and active of these was the band of Sir Alexander Ramsay of Dalhousie, whose place of retreat was in the caves beneath the romantic house of Hawthornden, then the abode of a traitor named Abernethy, and which are so ingeniously constructed as to elude the vigilance of the most 4 Covered with glory and honour, the noble King Robert, the skilful Randolph, and the chivalrous Sir James Douglas, had all gone down to the silent tomb ; but other heroes succeeded them, and valiant deeds were done. The Scots thought of nothing but battle; the plough was allowed to rust, and the earth to take care of itself. By 1337 the Eoglish were again almost entirely driven out of Scotland, and the Castle of Edinburgh was recaptured from them through an ingenious strai% gem, planned by William Bullock, a priest, who had been captain of Cupar Castle for Baliol, ?and was a man very brave and faithful to the Scots, and of great use to them,? according to Buchanan. Under his directions, Walter Curry, of Dundee, received into his ship two hundred select Scottish soldiers, led by William Douglas, Sir Simon Fraser, Sir John Sandilands, and Bullock also. Anchoring in Leith Roads, the latter presented himself to the governor as master of an English ship just arrived with wines and provisions, which he offered to sell for the use of the garrison. The bait took all the more Keadily that the supposed captain had closely shaven himself in the Anglo-Norman fashion. On
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