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Robert the Bruce.

13th he receives King Edward's thanks for forwarding engines for the siege of Stirling.
June 11: concludes secret treaty with the Bishop of St. Andrews against all men; is served heir to English estates on the 14th, does homage for the same on the 17th, and his debts to the King are respited.
1305. March 20: is with King Edward at Westminster; petitions the King to give him de Umfraville's lands in Carrick, which is granted.
Attends Edward's Parliament in Lent.
August: is probably a witness of the trial and execution of Wallace.
September 15: is ordered by the King to appoint a keeper of Kildrummie Castle.

It is, in truth, a humiliating record, and it requires all the lustre of de Brus's subsequent achievement to efface the ugly details of it.

Having crushed his great enemy in Scotland, King Edward proceeded in September, 1305, to carry out his scheme for the government of that country, which he had already submitted to Parliament in spring. He had then caused the Bishop of Glasgow, the Earl of Carrick, Sir John de Segrave, his Lieutenant in the Lothians, and Sir John de Sandale, Chamberlain of Scotland, to announce that the Scots should elect a certain number of representatives to the Parliament he was about to hold at Westminster in July. This Parliament, however, had been prorogued till the autumn, when the following ten Scottish commissioners, chosen at a conference at Perth, attended: the Bishops of St. Andrews and Dunkeld, the Abbots of Cupar and Melrose, the Earl of Buchan, Sir John de Moubray, Sir Robert de Keith, Sir Adam de Gordon, Sir John de Inchmar-