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ROMACUS.

ANGUSIANUS being thus chased out of the relme, Romacus was receiued by the most
Romacus is receiued for king. part of the nobles and commons for their king. But as the accustomed maner of tyrants, comming thus to the gouernement of a realme through euill meanes, is to rule with crueltie, so did he behaue himselfe, according to that semblable rate, so soone as he thought himselfe to be sure of the estate. Wherefore such as had borne any euill will to Fincomarke, and were out of fauor in his daies, those did Romacus call vnto him, and afterward vsed their counsell aboue all other mens, aduancing them also to most high rule and rich offices. Againe, those which had béene in fauor with Fincomarke, or bare any affection toward his issue, he sought Romacus gouerneth tyrannicallie. Ethodius & Eugenins the sonnes of Fincomarke are conneied into the Ile of Man couertlie to bereaue them both of life, lands and goods, so that by such his dooings, there was gathered no light suspicion, that he would likewise yer long find meanes to dispatch Ethodius and Eugenius the sons of the same Fincomarke, thereby to be the more assured of the crowne & kingdome it selfe. The two children also fearing as much on their owne behalfe, by the aduise and helpe of their trustie friends, conueied themselues into Westmerland, and after ouer into the Ile of Man, where they remained looking for a daie.

Then began banishments, confiscations of goods, and slaughter of such as were thought to be fauorers of Angusianus cause, without respect either of sex or age, till the nobles of the The Scotish lords conspire against Romacus. realme being not a little mooued with such his cruell dooings, and tyrannicall gouernment, conspired togither by secret meanes how to deliuer their countrie of so pernicious a tyrant. And to bring this their purpose the more spéedilie to passe, they wrought so closelie, that they had assembled a great armie, and were come with the same within ten miles of the place where he then laie, yer he had any vnderstanding of their enterprise, so that whereas he (being vnprouided of resistance) assaied by flight towards Pictland to haue escaped their hands, it preuailed him nothing, for he was taken by the waie, and receiued such end as his former passed life Romacus apprehended and put to death. had verie well deserued, in the fourth yéere of his reigne: his head was set vpon the end of a pole, and carried about to be shewed vnto the people to their great reioisng. There were slain at the same time beside him, diuers Scots & Picts, of counsell with him in all his cruell practises.

After which execution doone, they sent for Angusianus, who returned into Scotland, & Angusianus proclamed king. was proclamed king, as well by consent of the lords, as fauour of the commons. About the same time, bicause the Britains had slaine the Romane lieutenant, the emperor Constantius sent one Maximus thither to chastise the rebels, with whom the same Maximus incountring in battell, gaue them a great ouerthrow. And within three daies after Octauius king of the Britains, through gréefe, age, and long sicknesse, being consumed to the last point, departed this life. He left a sonne behind him named also Octauius, who doubting to fall into the hands of the Romans, fled into the Ile of Man, and remained there certeine yéeres vnknowne with Eugenius and Ethodius, the sonnes of Fincomarke. The Britains also persisting in their rebellion, were eftsoones discomfited in battell by Maximus, and sore by him persecuted, till he had brought them againe to their full subiection.

While these troubles continued in Britaine, Angusianus K. of Scots was sore disquieted by Nectanus king of the Picts maketh sore warres vpon the Scots. Nectanus king of Picts, who inforced himselfe to reuenge the death of his cousine Romacus, making sundrie rodes & forraies into the Scotish confines, and greatlie indamaged the countrie, by spoiling of goods, murthering of the inhabitants, and burning of townes with villages; and in the end hauing his power increased by the aid of certeine Scotishmen, which had borne good will vnto Romacus, he preased so sore vpon Angusianus, that he had no remedie but to trie the hazard of battell in a pitched field; for no friendlie persuasions to haue peace or anie agréement could be heard, though Angusianus made humble sute to haue purchased the same. Wherefore perceiuing no hope of attonement, he prepared an armie, and met his enimie in the field, where (after sore fight and much slaughter) the victorie remained The Picts discomfited by Scots. with Angusianus, and Nectanus with his Picts were chased and forced to saue themselues by flight.

Nectanus himselfe neuer rested till he came vnto Camelon, where he caused a councell of Nectanus desirous of reuenge. his nobles to haue their aduise by what meanes he might be reuenged of the iniuries receiued by the Scots, whereof he was most desirous, not regarding into what danger he brought his owne realme, so he might somewhat ease his rancour and displeasure, which he had thus conceiued against his enimies the Scots. Neither wanted there diuers great personages in that assemblie, which (to content his mind and to win fauour of him) set forward the matter in such earnest wise that (notwithstanding what other could say to the contrarie) it was ordeined that with all spéed an armie should be leuied, and led foorth into the Scotish borders. Nectanus hauing thus the consent of his nobles to inuade the Scots anew, caused men of warre to be taken vp through all the parties of his dominion, and that of the choisest men that might be got; the which being once assembled, he staied not long but set forward with them, and Nectanus inuadeth the Scotish confines. entred into Kalendar wood, spoiling and destroieng all afore him at his owne will and pleasure.

Angusianus vnderstanding his furie, and doubting least the Britains through setting on of the Romans should séeke to ioine with the Picts, to the destruction of the Scots, thought good to assaie if by anie friendlie meanes he might bring Nectanus to fall vnto some reasonable point, rather than by the warres to indanger both the Pictish and Scotish estates, in putting the same in aduenture to fall into the hands of their ancient enimies the Romans and the Britains. Herevpon therefore he wrote vnto Nectanus a gentle letter, declaring therein all such Angusianus sueth for peace. dangers and inconueniences as might insue by this warre thus by him attempted. And againe, how necessarie it were for both the nations to haue peace togither as then, considering how it was not to be thought that Maximus the Romane legat (hauing now all the Britains at his commandement) would rest ( if occasion were offered) till that he had fullie subdued both the Scots and Picts: for the auoiding of which perill he offered for his part, to accept anie reasonable conditions of peace, that should by him be prescribed.

But Nectanus in no wise would giue eare to anie treatie of peace, so that Angusianus being Nectanus refuseth all offers of peace. forced to giue battell for defense of his subiects, brought his people into the field, and exhorting them to plaie the men with sundrie comfortable woords, he placed them in order of battell. On the other part Nectanus likewise incouraged his folkes to doo valiantlie, so that Angusianus and Nectanus ioine in battell with their armies. the archers on both sides stepped forward, letting their arrowes flie fréelie one at an other, vntill at length comming to handblowes they stroke on freshlie, beating downe and killing without sparing on either side, so that a good space the victorie was doubtfull. At length Angusianus perceiuing his people to be put to the woorst, rushed foorth into the thickest of the presse amongst his enimies, where he was quicklie espied, oppressed with prease, and Angusianus is slaine. The Scots are discomfited. slaine out of hand. The most part of his people missing him, & notunderstanding what was become of him, supposed that he had béene fled, and therefore fell also to running away; but the residue that stood still at their defense were slaine downe right. Thus the victorie remained with the Picts, but neither part had anie cause to reioise, for the capteins on both sides were slaine, besides manic thousands of other so that aswell the one nation as the other Nectanus is also slaine. departed from the place right pensife and sorrowfull; giuing manie a sore cursse vnto such as had béene the procurers and nourishers of such detestable hatred betwixt those two nations, which had so long a time beene conioined in the faithfull band of amitie, to the great quiet and wealth of both the countries. After this bloudie battell, aswell the Scots as Picts sat still for a season, not attempting anie enterprise of importance the one against the other.

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