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Patrick, Earl of Dunbar and March. Sir Dougal Macdouall of Galloway.


CHAPTER VIII.

DEATH OF EDWARD I. CAMPAIGNS OF EDWARD II.

A.D. 1307-1313.

AYMER DE VALENCE, frustrated in his attempts to take King Robert in Glentrool, had retired to Bothwell castle on the Clyde and, hearing that Bruce was recruiting in Kyle and Cunninghame, sent out Sir John de Moubray[1] to scour that country. Bruce detached Douglas with some sixty men to watch his movements. Douglas succeeded in leading de Moubray into an ambush at a place near Kilmarnock—

"That is in Machyrnokis way,
The Edryfurd it hat perfay"—[2]

and routing his party with slaughter. This must have been early in May, for a few days later de Valence himself appeared in Cunninghame with a large

  1. Barbour calls him Sir Philip, confounding him with the governor of Stirling seven years later.
  2. The Brus, xl., 33.

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