MOGALL being thus dispatched, as ye haue heard, his sonne Conarus was admitted king,
Conarus the sonne of Mogall succéedeth his father.
who (as is reported) was priuie to the conspiracie deuised against his father, and as he
came to the gouernment by wicked means, so in the end he vsed himselfe much what accordinglie in the same; for after he had for a time dissembled his naughtie nature, he began
at the last openlie to shew himselfe in his right colours, committing first of all the administration of publike affaires vnto men of base condition and vile nature. His chiefe delight
Conarus giuē to excessiue gluttonie.
was altogither in banketting and costlie fare, not regarding the ancient temperancie in féeding, vsed amongest his woorthie ancestors.
In wasting therefore his kinglie reuenues vpon such riotous excesse, he was nothing
abashed to require in an open assemblie of his nobles, a subsidie to be granted, towards
the maintenance of such roiall chéere, as he iudged to stand with his honor to haue dailie
in his house. And therefore whereas the rents that belonged to the crowne were not sufficient to furnish the charges, he requested a generall contribution to be leuied through the
realme, of euerie person according to their abilities, for the maintenance of such superfluous
expenses as he dailie vsed in excessiue banketting. The lords maruelling to heare him moue
anie such demand, and considering withall the occasion thereof, they asked respit to make
their answer till the next day: which being granted, in the night following they communed
The lords conspire against Conarus.
secretlie togither, and in the end concluded, not onelie to denie his request, but also to depose him of all kinglie gouernement, sith his naughtie life required no lesse.
The next day therefore when they were againe set downe in the councell-chamber, one of
them in name of the residue tooke vpon him to speake, declaring that the lords and commons
The answere of the lords to the demand of Conarus.
of the realme maruelled not a little how it should come to passe, that the king hauing no
warres wherewith to consume his treasure, should yet be inforced to demand a tallage for
maintenance of his estate and charges of his houshold; but the fault was knowen well
inough to rest in such as he most vnworthilie had preferred to rule things vnder him, who
being come of naught did nothing but deuise means how to cause the king to spoile his
naturall subiects of their goods and possessions, therewith to inrich themselues, but (saith
he) as they shal be prouided for well inough yer long, and so aduanced as they snall not
need to thirst for other mens liuings, that is to wit, euen to a faire paire of gallowes, there
to end their liues with shame, as a number of such other loosengers had often doone before
them: so it is conuenient that the K. sith his skill is so small in the administration of his
office, should be shut vp in some one chamber or other, and such a one to haue the gouernance of the realme, as may be thought by common assent of the lords most meet to take
it vpon him.
The king hearing this tale, started vp,. & with a lowd voice began to call them traitors;
adding, that if they went about anie hurt to his person, they shuld deerelie abide the bargaine. But notwithstanding these words, such as were appointed therto, caught him
Conarus is taken and committed to close kéeping.
Conarus his ministers are punished for their offenses.
Argadus is chosen to gouerne the realme.
betwixt them, and had him forth to a place assigned, where they laid him vp, maugre all his
resistance. In like maner, all such as had borne offices vnder him, were attached and had
to prison, where the most part of them, vpon examination taken of their offenses, suffered
death according to their iust demerits.
Then was the rule of the realme committed vnto one Argadus, a man of noble birth, and
ruler of Argile, who vnder the name of a gouernour tooke vpon him the publike regiment,
vntill other aduise might be taken. This mans studie in the beginning was onelie to clense
the countrie of all misdooers, and to see the peace kept to the quiet of the people; &
finallie in all his dooings shewed himselfe a perfect patterne of an vpright iusticer. But
Argadus an vpright iusticer.
Prosperitie changeth conditions.
within a few yeares after (as it often happeneth) prosperous successe changed his former
mind to an euill disposition, whereby he ordered things after his owne selfewill more than by
reason, without the aduise of his péeres. And further, to the manifest ruine of the commonwealth, he nourished ciuill discord and sedition amongest the nobles, supposing it to make
for his welfare, so long as they were at ods. He also maried a Pictish ladie, the better to
strengthen himselfe by this his forren aliance.
Herevpon the péeres of the realme, vnderstanding what mischiefe might insue by these
manifold and sundrie abuses of the gouernour, caused a parlement to be called, where, in
presence of the whole assemblie, they laid vnto his charge, how that (through his
Argadus is rebuked.
misgouernement and presumption, not onelie in coupling himselfe in mariage with a wife of a
strange nation, but also for attempting manie other things preiudiciall to the estate of the
realme, without consent of the nobles or commons of the same) he had deserued grieuous
punishment; his trespasse being so much the greater, in that considering the meane how he
came to that dignitie, he answered not their expectation, nor performed the trust and credit
which was gerrerallie committed vnto him.
Argadus hearing himselfe thus charged, and not able to laie anie likelie excuse, fell vpon
Argadus confesseth his fault.
his knées, & partlie confessing his fault with teares gushing from his eies, besought them
of pardon, wholie submitting himselfe to be ordered at their discretion. The lords being
Argadus is permitted to continue in his office.
mooued with this humble submission of Argadus, vpon promise he should redresse all his
former misdemeanours, were contented that he should continue still in the administration.
But such as had beene his chiefest councellors were committed to ward. After this sharpe
Argadus amendeth his former misgo uernance, and ruleth himselfe by better aduise.
admonition and warning thus giuen, Argadus did nothing touching the gouernement of the
common-wealth, without aduise of his peeres; and soone after, amongest other things, he
tooke order for the limiting how far the authoritie of inferiour officers, as bailiffes, boroughmaisters, constables, and such other should extend. But especiallie he trauelled most diligentlie for the punishing of theeues and robbers, of whome none escaped with life that fell
into his hands. Moreouer, he ordeined by statute, that no man exercising anie publike
A notable statute.
Fine cookerie banished.
office, should taste of anie drinke that might make him drunked. He also banished all
such persons as vsed with dressing of delicat meats, and (as I may call them) deintie dishes,
or banketing chéere, to allure mens appetites from the old rude fare accustomed amongest
their elders, who sought not to follow their delicious appetites, but onlie prouided to susteine
nature, which is satisfied with a little, & that void of costlie furniture. Argadus thus being
occupied in reforming the state of the common-wealth, brought manie euill dooers into
good frame and order, and such as were vpright liuers of themselues, indeuored still to
procéed forward to better and better. At length, in the eight yeare of his gouernement,
Conarus de parteth out of this world.
162. H. B.
Conarus being consumed with long imprisonment, departed out of this life, in the fourteenth yeare after the beginning of his reigne.