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1322 A.D.]

Invasion and Counter-Invasion.


of the injuries he received. It is recorded that the Scots "made shipwreck of his features"—ly naufrerent hu visage.

In the spring of 1319, King Edward, having composed for the time his quarrel with the Earl of Lancaster,[1] resumed preparations for the recapture of Berwick. He issued orders for the muster of a powerful army at Newcastle on July 24th. The pay-sheets, preserved in the Tower, furnish exact information of the strength of the land forces, amounting to 120 cross-bowmen, 1520 archers, 3000 English foot and 2400 Welsh, and 1040 hobelars (light horse); in all, 8080 men.[2] Besides these, there must be reckoned the King's bodyguard, as well as the numerous knights and their personal retinues, bringing the total to at least 12,000 of all ranks. The unlucky Earl of Pembroke was there; also Umfraville, Earl of Angus, and such well-known captains as Sir Anthony de Lucy, Sir Andrew de Harcla (who had regained his liberty), and Sir Hugh de Lowther. Of the numbers on board the fleet no record has been preserved. To help King Edward to defray the expense of this expedition, the Pope authorised the Archbishop of York to advance to him £2505 14s. 1d. out of the funds collected for the crusade[3]—significant evidence of the eagerness of his Holiness for the success of the English arms.

  1. Raine, 290.
  2. Bain, iii., 125. The pay from August 1st to September 24th amounted to £3048 3s. The Earl of Lancaster had been summoned with 2000 men, but his name does not appear on the pay-sheet. Barbour, however, says he was present at the siege.
  3. Raine, 310.