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AMBIRKELETH.

AMBIRKELETH the nephue, or (as some say) the son of Eugenius the fift, succéeded
Ambirkeleth succéedeth Eugenius the sixt. The king turned from vertue vnto all licentiousnesse. Eugenius the sixt in the gouernment of the realme; who after his atteining to the crowne, shortlie changed therewith his manners and good disposition: for where before he shewed himselfe to be an earnest defendor of the poore and simple, that all men iudged that he would haue prooued a patrone of all vertue, he contrarie to that expectation, became suddenlie a paterne of all vices and couetousnesse, deligthing in nothing but in following his sensuall lusts, as in taking excesse of meats and drinks, and wallowing in fleshlie concupiscence of lecherous lust. To be briefe, when he tooke nothing in hand woorthie of his estate and degrée, it was thought that of necessitie the forme of the publike gouernement must néedes thorough his negligent slouthfulnesse fall into decaie and ruine: wherevpon Garnard king of the Garnard king of the Picts inuadeth Scotland. Picts, supposing he had conuenient time to reuenge all former iniuries receiued at the Scotishmens hands, gathered a great host of men, and with the same entring into the Scotish confines, made verie pitifull slaughter of the inhabitants.

At length Ambirkeleth (being sore blamed of his nobles for his negligence, in suffering his Ambirkeleth gathered an armie against the Picts. subiects thus to be destroied) gathered an armie togither, & with no small feare to shew his head amongst his people (as those princes which through their owne default haue their people in mistrust, doo euer stand in doubt of their owne safeties, and namelie when anie present danger beginneth to appéere) foorth he goeth without anie great good order (God wot) for what might be looked for at his hands, which was so ouerwhelmed with all kind of excessiue gluttonie, immoderate surfeting, insatiable lecherie, and deliting altogither in slouthfull ease, Idlenesse the bréeder and nourisher of sensuall lusts. and sluggish idlenesse, the root from whence all such filthie vices taking their beginnings, are nourished & mainteined.

To conclude, he liued as one that tooke no maner of regard to that which chieflie apperteined to his calling: whereby now when he should come into the field, he was neither able through lacke of practise to take paines to sée things doone as was behouefull, of himself, neither yet to giue order to others how the same ought to be doone. Neuerthelesse marching forward with his armie, he came to the water of Tay, and neere to the banks thereof, he pitched downe his tents, where after he had supped, he was occasioned to go foorth of his lodging to doo the necessities of nature, and being onelie accompanied with two of his seruants that were groomes of his chamber, he was suddenlie shot through the head with an arrow, but from whence it came, or who shot it, there was neuer anie knowne that could tell. Howbeit, the king immediatlie died of the hurt, after he had reigned not fullie two yéeres. The death of Ambirkeleth. He was buried in Colmekill amongst his noble ancestors.

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