THIS Findocke was in the flower of his age, of person most beautifull, ceane made,
Findocke his noble qualities and vertuous disposition.
& of a goodlie stature; wherewith were ioined most excellent gifts of the mind, not so
much desirous to séeme as to be vertuous in déed. He was courteous, méeke, & full of
affabilitie, studieng alwaies to win friendship and loue, rather by gentlenesse, than by feare
and menacing words. The leagues with the Britains, Picts and Romans he firmelie
Findocke obserueth the leagues confirmed of former times with his neighbors.
Those of the out Iles inuade the countries of Rosse and Murrey land.
Findocke maketh a iournie into the Iles, to subdue the rebels.
Donald is drowned.
The Ilandmen with aid of the Irish Kerns, make often inuasions into Argile, and other of the Scotish countries.
Findocke goeth againe to subdue the rebels of the Iles.
obserued. But as peace with forraine enimies breedeth oftentimes ciuill discord at home, so
came it then to passe with him at this present: for one Donald of the Iles, a noble man
borne, came ouer with an armie into Rosse and Murrey land, fetching from thence a great
spoile and bootie, not without great slaughter of such as inforced themselues for to resist
him. The occasion as he pretended was to reuenge the death of Natholocus. But Findocke vnderstanding his dooings, prepared an armie with ships, and sailed ouer with the
same into the Ile of Ila, where incountring with Donald and other his enimies, he vanquished
and chased them egerlie, without returning once backe, till either the sword or the sea had
made an end of them all.
Donald himselfe taking a bote, in hope to haue escaped, the prease was such at his entring
into the same, that before they could get it off from the shore, it sunke by means of the
ouerlading, and so he and all they that were on boord were drowned therewithall. The
king hauing atchiued this victorie, returned into Albanie; but the Iland-men not fullie
quieted with this slaughter of their fellows, sent ouer into Ireland, and got from thence
certeine Kerns, who vnder the leading of an other Donald, the sonne of the former Donald,
made starts now and then into Argile and Cantire, dooing manie shrewd turnes in the same,
yer they could be suppressed. But Findocke being soone informed of these tidings, went
ouer againe into the Iles, and such of his enimies as he found, he caused to be hanged, to
giue other example what to looke for when they should rebell, but Donald escaped, and
got ouer into Ireland, where he remained, till he heard that the king was returned backe
into Albanie, and then he came againe. But perceiuing himselfe not able to worke such
Donald offereth to yéeld himselfe vpon certeine conditions, but is not receiued.
feats as he hoped to haue doone, he sent a messenger vnto the king, offering to yéeld himselfe, and to become his true subiect if he might get his pardon, and be at his owne libertie.
But being answered that he should not be receiued, vnlesse he would come vnto Dunstafage
with other of his chiefest compices, and to stand fullie at the kings mercie; he refused
thus to doo, deuising an other meane how to be reuenged.
Therefore to begin withall, he procured two naughtie persons to go ouer into Albaine,
Donald deuiseth how to murther king Findocke by two naughtie persons.
and to feine themselues to haue fled from him, where also he willed them to offer their seruice vnto the king, and to disclose vnto him certeine light secrets of the said Donalds, thereby to win credit if it might be, and in the end to espie a time to rid him out of the way.
These craftie mates working according to Donalds wicked instructions, at length with much
adoo they got credit, and after credit they got place so néere the king by the furtherance of
Carantius the kings brother (whome they made priaie also vnto their intent) that finding
all things correspondent vnto their purpose (one day as the king hunted) the one began
to féed him with a tale of the hatred which the Ilanders bare towards him, whereto he
gaue verie good care, whilest the other smote him to the heart with a iaueline, & so leauing
Findocke is slaine.
the iron sticking in his bodie, he fled away in hast with his traitorous companion and fellow.
Those that were néere, seeing what had happened, some of them ran to him, to sée if they
might relieue him as then strugling with the pangs of death; others followed the murtherers,
and ouertaking them, brought them backe to receiue their meed according to that which
they had iustlie deserued; being also examined, they confessed how they were procured vnto
The murtherers confesse by whose procurement they did the déed.
A pretie induction (if notforged) to the historie that afterwards followeth of Carausius or Carantius as Scots write him.
it, not onelie by Donald of the Iles, but also by Carantius the kings owne brother, who of
set purpose being out of the way at that present, and hauing knowledge that he was accused
of the kings death, fled out of the countrie as a banished man, first into Britaine, from
whence (after he had remained there for a time) he went vnto Rome, and seruing in the
wars vnder the emperours, Aurelius Probus, Carus, and Dioclesianus, he became a right
famous and a verie skilfull capteine.
But if this report be true that Carausius (of whom Eutropius maketh mention) were descended of so high parentage, maruell it is, that neither the same Eutropius, nor anie other of
the Romane writers, could at no time come to the knowledge thereof, which if they had doone,
no doubt they would haue spoken somewhat of the same; for although he might happilie
vpon the consideration aforesaid counterfeit himselfe to be borne of some base kinred, and
so for a time to dissemble what he was, yet afterwards that he atteined vnto so high degrée
of honour, as to vsurpe the imperiall robes of purpure, and to possesse the dominion of
Britaine, it is not like but that to aduance his credit and authoritie roiall, he would haue set
foorth to the vttermost the nobilitie of his birth, if he had beene come of anie, and that so
apparantlie to the world, that aswell his enimies as friends should both haue knowen and
spoken of it.