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EWIN.

THIS Ewin, being the second of that name, made great prouision in the beginning of his reigne to resist the said Gillus his enimie. And hearing that he had béene in the Ile of Ila, and put the same to fire and swoord, he prepared an armie and ships also, to transport therewith ouer into Ireland, there to reuenge that iniurie vpon such as had aided Gillus therein to the hinderance of his countrie. The forenamed Cadall gouernor of Galloway, was
Cadall with an armie is sent into Ireland. appointed also to haue the leading of this armie: who taking the sea at Dunstafage, directed his course streight ouer vnto the coasts of Ireland, where taking land and encountering with his enimies, he put them to the woorse, insomuch that Gillus fearing to fall into his aduersaries hands, fled out of the field into the next wood, where he thought to haue saued himselfe. His souldiers also perceiuing him to be fled, gaue ouer the field, and yéelded themselues vnto Cadall, who tooke them to grace, and foorthwith sent out certeine companions to séeke Gillus, who found him in a den closed about with thicke woods and bushes, where he had Gillus taken. lien hid certeine daies, and was almost starued for hunger. Those that found him immediatlie stroke off his head, and presented the same vnto Cadall, to the great reioising of all the Gillus beheaded. companie.

Thus after that Cadall had atchiued his enterprise with good successe, he tooke the sea A shipwrack by a tempest. againe to returne into Scotland, but by meanes of a greeuous tempest, he lost the greatest part of his armie, with all the spoile and riches that they had gotten in that voiage. Which mischance sore blemished the glorie of so famous a victorie, so that the reioising of manie was turned into dolefull moorning for the losse of their friends and kinsfolke, but namelie Cadall tooke it so gréeuouslie, that nothing could be more offensiue vnto him. Howbeit, Cadall for his good & faithful seruice is rewarded. after he was come on land, the king and other of the nobles recomforted him in all that they might, and the king gaue him also much faire lands, with diuers castels in Galloway, in recompense of his good faithfull seruice at sundrie times shewed in defense of his countrie, and made him gouernor of Galloway also, which he verie thankfullie accepted.

After this king Ewin came to an interuiew with the king of Picts in the borders of An interview betwixt the kings of Scots and Picts. Galloway, and there renewed th' ancient leage betwixt the Scotish men and the Picts. For more corroboration wherof Sijora the daughter of Gethus the third king of the Picts, was ioined in marriage with Ederus, the solemnization being kept at Epiake. These things thus accomplished, Ewin returned to Duristafage, where being certified by letters from the lieutenant of The people of Orkney inuade Cathnesse. Rosse, that the Ilanders of Orkney had passed Pictland firth, and were entred into Cathnesse, robbing and spoiling that countrie with a great part of Rosse, he leuied an armie with all spéed, and hasted towards the enimies, constreining them by his sudden comming to fight whether they would or not, hauing no leisure to get awaie, so that with small resistance they were vanquished and chased, some into the mounteins, and other to the sea side: of whom part escaped by botes ouer into their countries, the residue of them in this their sudden ouerthrow being either slaine, drowned, or taken. But Bladus the king of Orkeney, for that he Bladus king of Orkeney sleieth himself. would not come into his enimies hands, slue himselfe. And thus ended this enterprise against the enimies of Orkeney: greatlie to the increase of Ewins fame amongst the Scotish nation.

After this he visited the west parts of his realme, and at the mouth of the riuer of Lochtey he builded a citie which he named Enuerlochtey, infranchising the same with a sanctuarie Enuerlochtey is builded. for the refuge of offendors. This citie afterwards was much frequented with merchants of France and Spaine, by reason of the great abundance of samons, herrings, and other fish which was taken there. The old ruines of this citie in part remaine to be seene in that place where it stood, euen to this day. He likewise built an other citie in the east part of the realme néere to the water called Lochnesse, which he named Enuernesse, after the name Enuernesse builded. of the water. Whither in times past there resorted manie merchants of Germanie, with such merchandize as the inhabitants of the countrie there stood in néed of, exchanging the same with them for marterne skins, and other such furres, wherewith they made their returne. This citie is as yet remaining, and beareth the old name, rich and well stored with diuers kinds of merchandize, so that this Ewin prooued a most famous prince for his worthie exploits right fortunatelie atchiued both in peace and warre. And finallie vnderstanding the death of his verie déere and intirelie beloued friend Cadall, he repaired vnto Epiake, as Cadall deceased. well to giue order for the pacifieng of his sonnes being at variance for their fathers inheritance, as also to doo the more honor to his friend now deceased, by erecting some monument néere vnto his sepulchre. Comming therefore to Epiake, and setting an accord betwixt the yoong men, he caused an image to be made in all points resembling the personage of Cadall, as néere as might be: which he placed in the middest of the market steed, commanding the same to be honored with burning of incense and other diuine ceremonies. Within a few daies also, through inward sorrow, as was thought, for the losse of so déere a friend, he began to wax sicke himselfe, and at length perceiuing he should not escape present death, he caused Ederus (of whom before mention is made) to be brought vnto him, into whose hands with manie wholsome aduertisements how to vse himselfe in gouernement of his subiects, he Ewin resigneth the estate. wholie resigned the estate, the which after his deceasse he knew to be due vnto him without all question and controuersie: and afterward departed this world, when he had reigned Ewins decease. seuentéene yeares continuallie for the most part in high wealth and felicitie.

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