AFTER him succéeded in gouernment of the Scotish kingdome Constantine the brother
Constantine the first of that name is created king of Scots.
of the aboue rehearsed Eugenius, a prince vnlike in noble vertues vnto his brother the said
Eugenius. For though in him there appéered some good tokens of commendable towardlinesse, as he séemed outwardlie to shew, yet was he giuen more vnto wanton pleasure and
lust, than to the regard of the good rule and gouernment of his subiects, a deflourer of
virgins, a rauisher of honest matrones, and aboue all, a fauourer of backbiters and
slanderers; neuer shewing anie ioifull countenance amongst his nobles, but amongst scoffing
Constantine the Scotish king nothing like in noble conditions vnto Constantine king of the Britains.
iesters and other vile persons he was as pleasant and merie as the iocundest man aliue.
Thus though he represented the British king Constantine in name, yet in manners he far
differed from him: for the British Constantine studieng to aduance the commonwealth of
his subiects, trained them in laudable exercises, & reduced them from their former euill
vsages vnto ciuill order and good customs. Contrariwise, the Scotish Constantine did nothing woorthie praise at all, after he was once instituted king, but followed still his owne
inordinate lust and sensuall appetite.
He granted peace vnto the Britains they scarse requiring the same, releasing not onelie
Peace granted vnto the Britains, and diuers castels deliuered into their hands.
the tribute, but also deliuering vp into their hands by secret meanes diuers castels standing
vpon the riuer of Humber. Manie other things he was about to haue doone to the great
preiudice and hinderance of the Scotish estate, had not the nobles of the realme the sooner
withstood his rash and vnaduised attempts. Such malice also was ingendred in the harts
of the most part of the nobilitie towards him, that had it not béene through the wholesome
admonition & persuasion of Dongall of Galloway, a noble man of right reuerend authoritie
amongst them, they had leuied ciuill wars against him, but the foresaid Dongall declaring
The good counsell of Dongall.
to them the great danger and inconuenience that might thereof insue, restreined their wrathfull minds from enterprising anie thing against him by force, so that for certeine yéeres they
suffered and bare with this his misordered gouernment.
In the meane while the Picts noting the want of all vertuous qualitiest hus in the king
The Picts stand in feare of the king of Britaine.
of Scots, and againe what tokens of valiant courage appéered in the king of the Britains,
doubted least if he should séeke to reuenge old iniuries against them, they should be little
able to match him without aid of the Scots (whereof they had small trust now, by reason of
the insufficiencie of the Scotish king) they deuised a meane how to rid the British king out
of the waie, and so appointing certeine slie fellowes to go into Britaine for the accomplish.
ment of their deuised purpose, at length the same was brought to passe, as in the English
chronicles ye shall find more at large, though in the same chronicles there is mention made
but of one Pict that should woorke this feat, where the Scotish writers record of diuers, which
neuerthelesse were apprehended, and after bound both hand and foot, were cast into a
mightie great fire, and therein burnt to ashes in most miserable wise, as by the said Scotish
writers it appéereth. The death of this Constantine king of Britains happened in the 15
Constantine the Scotish king is slaine by one whose daughter he had rauished.
yéere of Constantine king of Scots, neiher liued he long after: for hauing rauished a noble
mans daughter, borne in the westerne Iles, he was slaine by hir father in the night season,
after he had reigned in great infamie for his reprochfull life, the space of 17 yéeres.