Capitulum tricesimum nonum.
A CONTRAVERSY was hade what man scholde reioyce þe realme of Scottelonde after the dethe kynge Alexander, dedde withowte eny childer. And for cause that mony men chalangede that realme by reason of consanguinite, hit was decidede that the realme myȝhte not be reioycede by eny of theyme withowte consente of the principalle lorde of that realme. Wherefore hit was founde by writynge autentike and olde, that the kynge of Ynglonde is the principalle lorde of Scottelonde. Kynge Edwarde, willynge his successor to have Page 275, vol.8 knowledge þerof, causede alle monasteryes of Ynglonde and of Scottelonde to be serchede to knowe what ryȝhte he scholde have in Scotlonde. Where hit was founde in the cronicles of Marianus the Scotte, of William Malmesbery, of Roger Huvden, of Henricus Huntyndon, and of Rawfe Biȝete, that in þe yere of oure Lorde ix.c. and x. kynge Edwarde the senior subduede to hym the kynges of Scottelonde and of Cumbrelonde. Also in the yere of oure Lorde ix.c. and xxj. the seide peple electe kynge Edwarde into theire patrone. Also in þe yere of oure Lorde ix.c. and xxvj., kynge Athelstan devicte Constantyne kynge of Scottes, and suffrede hym to reigne under hym. Also Canutus, kynge of Ynglonde and of Denmarke, hade victory ageyne Malcolinus kynge of Scottes, in the xvj. yere of his reigne; and after that he was kynge of iiij. londes, as of Ynglonde, of Page 277, vol.8 Scottelonde, of Norway, and of Denmark. Also seynte Ed|warde ȝafe the realme of Scottelonde to Malcolinus, sonne of the kynge off Cumbrelonde, to holde hit of hym. Also hit was founde in bulles of the pope directe to Scottelonde, the kynges in hit to be excommunicate, in that thei wolde not obbey theire lordes, kynges of Ynglonde. Thes auctorites and mony other schewede to the noble men of Scottelonde, metynge Edwarde kynge off Yngelonde at Noreham, in the costes of Page 279, vol.8 the marches, they knowleged by theire letters patent the seide kynge to be principalle lorde of the realme of Scottelonde, and to abide his decrete and ordinacion in that eleccion and succession. Then the cownsellours longynge to the kynge [folio 384a] perceyvynge that the kynge myȝhte not grawnte the ryȝhte of succession of that realme withowte he hade that realme in his possession afore, wherefore suerte made to the Scottes that Page 281, vol.8 realme of Scottelonde to be restorede with in ij. monethes, to whom hit scholde longe by ryȝhte in the peyne of a c. M.li. of sterlynges to be payde to Rome unto the subsidy of the Holy Londe, and also in peyne of the sentence of excommunicacion and of interdiccion of his londe of Ynglonde; that doen the Scottes delyverede to kynge Edwarde þe realme of Scottelonde, with the castells, ryȝhtes, and consuetudes. After þat, kynge Edwarde herynge the allegacions of diverse men for that regalle succession, and the ryȝhtes discussede, preferrede Iohn Baillol, whiche knowlegede*. [Sic.] kynge of Ynglonde to be chiefe lorde of that realme, doynge homage to hym, and promysynge fidelite by an othe. Maister Iohn Pecham diede in this yere, whom maister Robert Wynchelese succedid in the seete of Caunterbery. In whiche yere Madoc, a man of Wales, mowede Page 283, vol.8 guerre in Wales, in the feste of seynte Michel; wherefore kynge Edwarde, commynge to Chestre, toke the yle of Angleseye abowte the feste of seynte Nicholas, causynge also mony woodes to be kytte downe in Wales; and the seide Madoc was taken soone after and brouȝhte to London. And so from that tyme guerres began to cease in Wales, for now Walschemen lyve lyke to Ynglische men, gedrenge rychesse and dredynge the losse of þeire goodes. Kynge Edwarde causede alle the monas|teryes of Ynglonde to be serchede in this yere, commaundynge alle the treasures founde in þeym to be brouȝhte to London, and arestede wolles and leder of þe londe, and a grete derthe of corne and wyne folowede.