THIS Thereus for the first six yeares was equall in all points of princelie gouernement to
anie of his predecessors, but afterward he changed his copie in such maner, that iustice and all
Iustice neglected and vice imbraced.
other kinds of vertue being set apart, he neither regarded the lawes of the gods, nor yet of
men; but gaue himselfe to all sorts of filthinesse and most detestable vices, so farre forth,
that his subiects (as their custome is in following the maners and vsages of their princes) became so outragious in their licentious liuings, and namelie the nobles and gentlemen, that thereof insued theft, murther, rape, spoiling, and all kinds of oppression of those sillie soules that
had no meanes to resist, so as in fine, diuers gouernours of the tribes perceiuing no hope of
amendment while Thereus should reigne, conspired togither, deuising meanes how to depose
The nobles conspire against Thereus.
Thereus fled to the Britains.
him of all kinglie authoritie. But he hauing notice of their purposed intentions, and doubting
the sequele thereof, conueied himselfe out of the way in most secret wise, fléeing for succour
vnto the Britains, vnto whome though he made earnest sute for aid to be restored home againe,
yet could he purchase no such fauour amongst them: so that leding a miserable life a long
time after within the citie of Yorke, he finallie there ended his daies. He reigned in Scotland about 12 yeares or more.