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FETHELMACUS.

ANGUSIANUS reigned not past two yeares before he was slaine thus in the field, as before ye haue heard, in whose place succeded his cousine Fethelmacus with little better successe: for in the second yeare of his reigne, desirous to be reuenged of the Picts, he assembled an armie, and entring into Angus, began to spoile & slea downe right all that was before him, without regard to impotent, aged, tender infants, or other. The Picts also being kindled herewith, gathered their power togither, and incountring with the Scots, there was a
The Scots discomfit the Picts. sore bettell fought betwixt them: but the Scots first putting the wings of their enimies host to flight, at length discomfited their maine battell also, being left naked on both sides of all aid or succour, great slaughter was made in the chase of the Picts as they fled hither and thither to saue themselues. So that among other, their king named Nectanus, brother to the An other Nectanus king of the Picts dieth of hurts receiued in the fight with the Scots. aboue remembred Nectanus, being wounded with an arrow, died within thrée dates after this cruell conflict was ended. The courage of the Scots now being aduanced with this their prosperous successe, they passed forthwith ouer the riuer of Taie, to rob harrie, and spoile the countrie of Fife.

The Picts, perceining themselues not to be strong inough to match with their enimies in plaine field at hand-strokes, determined yet with skirmishes and light incounterings (if it were possible) to kéepe them off from the winning of anic of their fensed townes, castels or strong holds. And to be the more able to mainteine themselues in this their purposed intention, they did choose on Heirgust to their king, a man of subtill nature and craftie Heirgust is chosen king of the Picts. imagination. This Heirgust deuising how to deliuer his countrie of such an intollerable enimie as Fethelmacus was, procured two slie fellowes Picts by nation, to counterfelt themselues for A pretended treason. Scots, and for that they were cunning throwers of the dart, in which kind of exercise the same Fethelmacus tooke great pleasure, they were appointed to make sute to be in seruice with him, to the intent that when they might espie their time, they should slea him, by one kind of meane or other.

They (according as they were instructed, comming into Scotland) found meanes not onelie to haue place in the kings house, but also to corrupt one of his musicians an harper, and tó bring him to be of counsell with them in this their wicked purpose. By reason whereof, in one night as he laie at Carrike, where he was busie to make his prouision there for the warres against the Picts, the same musician (hauing plaid in the kings bed-chamber till he had brought him asléepe) did let in those two Pictish traitors, who foorrhwith slue him euen as he Fethelmacus is murthered in his bed. laie so sléeping: but the king groning-gréeuouslie at the deadlie stroke, some of them that watched before the chamber doore perceiuing what was happened, followed after the murtherers, who fled with all speed vnto the next mounteins, where they sought to defind themselues with hurling downe stones vpon them that came vp towards them : but in the end, being taken, and confessing the déed, with the whole maner of the same, they were drawen in péeces with wild horsses: the musician also being apprehended and conuict of the treason, suffered semblablie the like kind of death. Fethelmacus came to his end in the third yeare In the fift years of the emperour Constantius. of his reigne, being the second yeare after the death of the emperour Valentinian.

In this season (as in times past hath béene beleeued) certeine bones of the apostle saint 369. H. B. Saint Reule commeth into Fife, then a part of Pictland, and now of Scotland. Andrew were brought foorth of Achaia, a prouince in Grecia, into Scotland by a Gréekish moonke named Regulus Albatus, commonlie called S. Reule, a man in those daies highlie estéemed, for the opinion which the world had conceiued of him for his holie and vertuous life, to whome king Heirgust gaue his palace that stood in that-part of Fife, where the same Regulus first landed; at whose contemplation also, he erected a church in old time called Kirkruil, that is, the church of S. Reule, afterwards named the old church of S. Andrews, standing in the abbie church-yard, where the chanons were woont to be buried. But to leaue this matter to the further report and credit of the Scotish chronicles, we will procéed with our purpose. After the death of Fethelmacus, the nobles and commons of the Scotish nation The Scots send into the Ile of Man, for Fincomarke his sonnes. sent into the lie of Man for Eugenius the sonne of king Fincomarke, where he with his brother Ethodius had remaned, during the daies of the thrée last remembred kings, Romacus, Angusianus, and Fethelmacus.

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