A true reportarie of the most triumphant, and royal accomplishment of the baptisme of the most excellent, right high, and mightie prince, Frederik Henry; by the grace of God, Prince of Scotland Solemnized the 30. day of August. 1594.
Fowler, William, 1560?-1612.
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A TRVE REPORTARIE OF THE MOST TRI∣VMPHANT, AND ROYAL ACCOM∣plishment of the Baptisme of the most Excellent, right High, and mightie Prince, FREDERIK HENRY; By the grace of God, Prince of SCOTLAND. Solemnized the 30. day of August. 1594.

Printed by R. Walde-graue, Printer to the K. Maiestie. Cum Priuilegio Regali.

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A TRVE REPORTARIE OF THE BAPTISME OF THE PRINCE of Scotland.

THE Noble and most potent Prince of Scot∣land, was borne in the Castell of Striuiling vp∣on Tuesday, the 19. day of Februarie 1594. vpon which occasion the Kingis Maiestie, sent for the Nobles of his Land, and to all the capitall Burrows thereof, to haue their aduise, how he should proceed for the due solemni∣zation of his Royall Baptisme, and what Prin∣ces he should send to: When they were all compei∣red with great diligence and goodwill, hee propo∣ned vnto them, that it was necessary, to direct out Ambassadours to France, England, Denmarke, the Lowe-Countries, the Duke of Brunswicke his bro∣ther in lawe, and to the Duke of Magdelburgh, the Queenes Maiesties Grand-father, and to such o∣ther Princes as should be thought expedient. Like∣wise, hee thought the Castell of Striuiling, the most Page  [unnumbered] conuenient place for the residence of this mot No∣ble and Mightie Prince, in respect that hee was borne there: As also, it was necessary, that sufici∣ent preparation might be made for the Ambassa∣dours that should be invited to come for honour of the Crowne and Countrie. And besides all this, because the Chappell Royall was ruinous, and too little, concluded, that the old chappell should be vtterlie rased, and a new erected in the same place, that shuld be more large, long and glorious, to en∣tertaine the great number of strangers exspected. These propositions at length considered, they all with a free voluntarie deliberation, granted vnto his Maiestie, the summe of an hundreth thousand pounds money of Scotland. Then was there Am∣bassadors elected, to passe in France, England, Den∣marke, the Lowe Countries, and other places before mentioned, who were al dispatched with such ex∣pedition, and their Legacies took such wished ef∣fect: That first there came two famous men from the King of Denmark, the one CHRISTIANVS BER∣NEKOVV, the other, STENIO BILLE, these came to Leyth the 16. of Iuly, The next day after them, came ADAMVS CRVSIVS, Ambassadour for the Duke of Brunswick, and IOACHIMVS BASSEVITIVS, Am∣bassadour for the Duke of Magdelburgh, who is Grand-father to the noble Princesse ANNE, by the grace of God Queene of Scotland. Thirdly, the 3. day of August, there came Ambassadours from the States of Holland and Zeland, the Barron of Bra∣derod, and the Treasurer of Zeland, called IAO∣VS FALKIVS.

Page  [unnumbered]There was also a Noble man directed from England, to wit, the Erle of Cummerland, who, euen when he had prepared himselfe richlie, and honou∣rablie in all respects for his voyage to come into Scotland, and diuers Noble men and Gentil men of renowne, prepared and commanded for his ho∣norable conuoy, It pleased God to visit him with sicknes: And in that respect another Noble man was chosen to supply his place, which was the Erle of Sussex, &c. And hee in consideration of his short, and vnexspected advertisement, made such diligence in his voyage, and magnificence for his owne persone and honourable convoy, as was thought rare and riche by all men: wher••y it fell out, that betwixt the sicknes of the one Nobleman and the hastie preparation of the other, the time was so farre spent, that the very prefixt daies of the Baptisme, were sundry tunes delaied. And be∣cause the Ambassadour of England was so long a comming: & the Ambassadors of Denmarke, Bruns∣wicke and Magdelbrgh, were feared to be hindered in their voyage by the Sea, by reason of the neere approching of Winter: They desired daily of the Kings Maiestie, during their remaining in Edin∣burgh, to haue some prefixed day to be nominate and certainly kept, that immediatly thereafter, they might be dispatched, which he granted at the last, although hee had diuers great impediments to the contrary. The first was because the Chap∣pell Ro••ll and Cstell of Striuiling, was not fully compl••t in all such necessries, as ws requisite, although he had the supply of the greatest numbre Page  [unnumbered] of Artificers in the whol Cuntrie, conuened there, of all craftes for that seruice, and his Maiesties owne person daily ouerseer, with large and libe∣rall payment: but the chiefest cause, was the long absence of an Ambassadour from England, which his Maiestie greatly respected for many causes: And last of al, exspecting, that some Ambassadour should haue come from France, which fel not out as was looked for. But when the Ambassadour was come from England to Edinburgh, foorthwith, his Maiestie dispatched one of the Gentlemen of his Nienes chalmer, to request him to repair towards Striuiling the next day with all possible diligence, (which was the 28. day of August) because he wold haue had the Baptisme administred the day fol∣lowing. But neither were the Propynes sent by the Queene of England, neither her Ambassadours owne cariages as then come: Therfore the Bap∣tisme was delaied vntill the 30. day of August, as ye shall heare particularly hereafter.

But in the meanetime, it is to be vnderstoode, that all these Noble Ambassadours before expres∣sed, were honourablie sustained vpon the Kings Maiesties owne proper costes, during the whole time of their residence in Scotland, saue onely the Ambassadour of England, whose whole expences, were defrayed by his Souerane the Queene of England. And because the rest of the Ambassadors were repaired to Striuiling by his Maiesties direc∣tion, long before the comming of the English Am∣bassador his Hienes bestowed the time with them in magnifique banketting, reuelling, & daily hun∣ting with great honour.

Page  [unnumbered]The Kings Maiesie, purposing further to de∣core by magnificence this action, committed the charge thereof to the Lord of Lendores, and M. William Fowler, who by their trauells, deligence, and inuention, broght it to that perfection, which the shortnes of time and other considerations culd permit. So they hauing consulted together, con∣cluded that those exercises, that wer to be vsed for decoration of that solemnitie, were to be deuided both in Feeld pastimes, with Martiall and hero-call exploites, and in houshold, with rare shewes and singular inventions,

The Feeld to be vsed at two seuerall dayes: the first to be of three Turks, three Christian knights of Malta, three Amazones, and three Mores. But by reason of the absence, or at the least, the vncer∣taine presence of the three last Gentlemen, who should haue sustained these personages, it was thought good, that the number of that mask shuld consist of Nyne Actors, nyne Pages, and nyne Lackes, which comming from sundry parts and at diuers times, together with the diuersitie of their apparell, should bring some noueltie to the behoulders.

The place most expedient for this action, was the Valey, neere the Castel, which being prepared for that purpose, both with Carier and Scaffold, after the comming of the Queenes Maiestie, with her honorable and gallant Ladies, together with the honorable Ambassadors, the field beeing beset by the braue Yonkers of Edinburgh with their hagbutes, during the whole time of that pastyme.

Page  [unnumbered]Then three Christians entered the fielde with sound of Trumpet, who were the Kings maiesty, 〈…〉 and THOMAS ERKINE, (〈◊〉 hs M••••lles chalmer) who made vp this 〈◊〉.

A little after followed, three apparelled lyke ••rhes, verie gogousle attred: and these wer the Dke of Lennox, the Lord Home, and Sir RO∣BERT KER of Cesurde Knight.

Last of all, came in three Amazones in womens att•••, verie sumptuouslie clad, and these were, the Lord of Lendores, the Laird of Barclewch, and the bbote of Holie-rood-house. So all these per∣sons beeing present, and at their entrie, making their reverence to the Queenes Maiesty, Ambas∣sadors and Ladies, hauing their Pages ryding vpon thir led Horse, and on their left armes, bea∣r••g th••r maisters imprese or deuice.

The Kings Maiesties, was a Lyons heade with open eyes, which signifieth after a mistique & •••roghphique sence, Fortitude and Vigilancie: the words were, Timeat & primus & vltimus orbis. The second was a Dogs collar, at veset with iron pykes, the wordes were these, Offendit, & defendit. The third of that Christian armie, was a Winde∣mil, with her spoakes vnmouin, and windes vn∣blowing on euerie side, with these words, Nisperat immeta.

The second faction did carie these: A Hart half in fire, & half in frost: on the one part Cupids torch, & on the other, Iupiters thunder, with these words, Hine amor, inde metus. The other Page a Zodiack, Page  [unnumbered] and in the same, the Moone farre opposite to the Sunn, with these wordes, Quo remotior, lucidior.hat is to say, the tarther, the fairer. The third of this pairte, caried painted, four coach wheeles, the hindmost following the formost, & yet never o∣uertaking thē, with these words, Quo magis insequor.

The last three Pages, bare in their Tar∣ges, these impreses following, & Crown, an eye, and a Portcuilis: the Crowne betokening the power of God, the Eye his Prouidence, and the Portcullis his protection, with these wordes, which were composed in Anagram, of Walterus Scotus, the Laird of Bacleughs name, Clausus tu∣tus ero The second Page of this pairtie, caried on his targe, the Portraiture of an hand, holding an Till by the tail, alluding to the vncertainty of per∣sons or of times, with these wordes: V frustrà sic pattenter. The last was this, a fire in sight of the Sunne, burning, and not perceaued, with this sentence, Oblector lumine victus.

And euerie Lackie, carying in his hand, his Misters Launce. They began their pastyme by running at the King and Gloue: The laws wher∣of were these.

First, tht all the persons of this pastime, com∣peare [ 1] masked, and in such order as they come into the field, so to run out all their courses. Second∣lie, [ 2] that none vse ante othr ring, but that which is put by: and vse no other Launce, but that which they hau brought for themslues. Thirdlie, hee [ 3] tht twise touches the ring, or stirres it, winneth asmuch as if he caried away the Ring. Fourthlie, [ 4] Page  [unnumbered]〈◊〉 lts his Launce fall out of his hand, is de∣••••ed of all the rest of his courses. Fiftlie, that e∣urie one run with loose rains, and with asmuch [ 6] speed, as his Horse hath. Sixtlie, that none after his race, in vptaking of his Horse, lay his Launce vpon his shoulder, vnder the pain of losse of that [ 7] which he hath done in his course. Seuinthlie, hee that carieth not his Launce vnder his arme, loo∣seth [ 8] his course. Eightlie, that none vntil his three courses be ended, change his Horse, if hee bee not hurt, or vpon some other consideration mooued to change him. These Laws being seen and appro∣ued by the Actors, the Queenes Miestie, signifi∣ed vnto them, that he who did run vest, shuld haue for his rewarde, a faire and a riche King of Dia∣monds: and hee also, who on that same side, had best Fortune in running, he shuld be acknowledg∣ed with another as fair as the first. The proofe hereof, being made, the victorie fel to the Duke of Lennox, who bringing it to his side & pairtie, had the praise and prise adiudged to himself. Thus the first dayes pastime was ended, with great con∣tentment to the beholders, and commendation of the persons enterprysers.

The second dayes pastime was extended, by reason, that the artisans were employed in other businesse, who should haue followed foorth that in∣uention giuen them: And seeing the grace of that exercyse, consisted in Embosserie, and the craftes∣men apt for the same, otherwise and necessarily bu∣sied, it was left off: Which, if it had bene brought to effect, this Countrie had not sene, nor practised Page  [unnumbered] a more rater: for what by the brauery and strange apparell of the persons themselues, and by the di∣uers shapes of the Beasts, that should haue beene born and broght ther in sight, had bene commen∣dable and wonderfull: by reason that such beasts, as Lyon, Elephant, art, Unicorne, and the Gri∣phon, together with the Camel, Hydre, Crocadile, and Dragon (carying their riders) had caried also with it by the newnes of that inuention, great con¦tentment and commendation of that exercise. But I say, some arising lets impeshed this inuention: & al things wer cast of, that might haue farther deco¦red this solemnity, throgh other vrgent occasions.

And when all the Ambassadours were conue∣ned together, and all necessary materialls readie, the Chappell Royall of the Castel of Striuiling was richelie hung, with costly tapestries: And at the North-east end of the same, a royall seat of Estate, prepared for the Kings maiestie: And on his right hand, was set a fatre wyde Chaire, with the dew ornaments pertaining therto, over which, was set the Armes of the King of France.

Next therunto, ws a princely trauers of Crim∣son Taffeta, for the Ambassador of England, & ouer his head, the Armes of England: on the desk before him, lay a Cushion of red veluot: Ther stood atten¦ding on him, two Gentlemen Vshers, apointed by the Queene of England, for that present seruice.

Next vnto him, sate M. Robert Bowes, Ambassador ordinary for the Queene of England: On the deske before him, was laid a cloth of purple veluote, and a Cushion sutable thereunto.

Page  [unnumbered]Then sat the Ambassador of the noble Prince, Henricus Iulius, Duke of Brunswick, and before him on the desk was laid a cloth of green veluote, with a cushen of the same: and ouer his head, the Arms of his Prince.

Next vnto him, sate the Ambassadours of the Lowe Countries, with a long faire cloth, spred on the desk before them of blew veluote, and two Cu∣shons sutable therunto, and ouer their heades the Armes of their Countries.

On the Kings left hand, was placed neerest his Maiestie, the two Ambassadors of Denmark, with a large broad cloth spred on the deske before them of purple veluot, and the Armes of Denmarke ouer their heades.

Next vnto them, sate the Ambassadour of the noble Prince Vdalricus, Duke of Magdelburgh, with his Princes Armes ouer his heade.

In the middest of the Chappell Royall within the partition, where the Kings Maiestie, the Am∣bassadors, and Prince with his conuoy were pla∣ced, there was a newe pulpite erected: The same was richely hung with cloth of gold: All the paue∣ment within this partition, was Prince-like laide with fine tapestrie,

Vnder the Pulpit was another deske, where∣in sate in the middest, M. David Cuninghame, Bi∣shop of Abirdene, M. Dauid Lindesay, Minister of Leyth, and Iohn Duncanson, one of the ordinary mi∣nisters to the kings Maiestie: Before whome was set a table, couered with yealowe veluote.

And when all things were in readines, as was Page  [unnumbered] requisite. There was placed a hundreth Hagbut∣ters (being onely the youkers of Edinburgh, braue∣ly apparrelled) in order, betwixt the Princes vtter chalmer doore, and the entry to the Chappel Roy∣all, on both the sides of the passage.

Then the Kings Maiestie, with his Nobles and Counsellers attending on him, entered the Chappell, and there sate downe in his Royall seat of Estate.

All the Ambassadours likewise were sent for, and conuoyed to the Princes Chalmer of presence where the Prince was lying on his bed of Estate, richly decored, and wrought with brodered work, containing the story of Hercules and his trauels.

This bed was erected on a platforme, very ar∣tificially, with a foot pace of three degrees ascen∣ding to it: The degrees being couered with tape∣strie, all wrought with golde, and a large cloth of Lawne, couering both the bed and the degrees which reached forth a great space ouer the flore.

Then the old Countesse of Mar, with reuerence past to the bed she took vp the Prince, and deliue∣red him to the Duke of Lennox, who presently rē∣dered him likewise to the Ambassador of England, to be borne to the Chappell Royall.

The Maister of the Ceremonies, addressing himselfe to a table in the saide Chalmer, curiouslie ordered, whereon stood those ornaments of honor, which were to be borne to the Chappell before the Prince, with due reuerence deliuered them to cer∣taine noble men, according to the order appointed by his Maiestie for the bearing thereof.

Page  [unnumbered]In lyke manner, the Princes Robe-royall, be∣ing of purple Velnote, very richele set with pearl, was deliuered to the Duke of Lennox, who put the saine about the prince: the traine wherof, was born up by the Lord Sinclair, & the Lord Vrquhart. Then they remoued themselues to the vtter chal∣mer, where, ther was a fair high Pale made four∣square, of Crimson Veluote attending: which was laid on with rich pasments, and fringed with gold. This Pale was sustained by four Worship∣ful Barons, The Laird of Bacleugh, the Consta∣ble of Dundie, Sir Robert Ker of Cesfurd Knight, & the Laird of Traquhair. Vnder the which Pale were the Ambassadors of England, Robert Erll of Sussex, carying the Prince in his armes, & M. Ro∣bert Bowes, ordinary Ambassador for England, assi∣sting him. Next to thē, was the Duke of Lennox. About the Pale, were the Ambassadors of Den∣marke, Magdelburgh, Brunswick, and the Estates. There followed, the old Countesse of Mar. Mistres Bowes, diuerse Ladies of Honor, with the Mistres Nurse.

Then the Trumpets sounding melodiously before the Prince and his conuoy, went forwarde: LYON King of Armes, and the Heraulds his bre∣thren with their coat-armors, in goodly order fol∣lowing.

Next followed the Princes Honors, borne by these Noblemen: The Lorde Sempill carying a Lavar of water, The Lord Seton, a fair Basen: The Lord Leuingston a Towell, and the Lorde Home a low Crowne competent for a Duke, rich∣lie Page  [unnumbered] set with Diamonds, Saphires, Rubies, and Emrauldes: who approching neere the Pulpit, where these Honors wre receaued from them, by the maister of the Ceremonies, and by him placed on the Table before the pulpite: the Noble men retyring back to their appointed places.

Lastlie, the Pale was caried in before the pul∣pite, where the Ambassador of England rendered the Prince to the Duke of Lennox, who immediat∣lie deliuered him to the olde Countesse of Mar, and she consequentli to the Mistres Nurse. And all the Ambassadors were then set, in such order of places, as the demonstration of their Armories, gaue notice.

Without the partition, were ornate fourmes, all covered with greene, whereupon were placed the Gentlemen of England, Denmarke, Almaine, Flanders, and Scotland.. And as all men wer thus competentlie placed, and vniversall silence made, entered M. Patrik Galloway, one of his Maiesties ordinarie Preachers into the Pulpite, who lear∣nedlie and godlite, entreated vpon the text of the 21. of Genesis. Which being done, the Bishop of A∣berdene, stood vp in his seate, and taught vpon the Sacrament of Baptisme, firste, in the vulgar tongue, and next in the Latine, to the end, all men might generallie vnderstand. This done, the Provost, and Prebends of the Chappell Royall, did sing the 21. Psalme of Dauid, according to the art of Msique, to the great delectation of the no∣ble Auditorie.

Then they proceeded to the action. The King Page  [unnumbered] aros▪ and came towards the Pulpit. The Am∣bassdours followed in their or•••. The Barons that carried the Pale aboue the Prince, mooued towards the Pulpit: The Dk of Lennox, re∣ceaued the Prince from the Countesse of Mar, and deliuered him to the handes of the Erll of Sussex, Ambassadour for Englad: Where he was named by all their consents, FREDERIK HENRIE, HENRIE FREDERIK, and so baptised, In the name of the Father, Sonne, and holie Ghost, by the said names.

This being done, Lyon King of Armes, with a loud voice, reportes these names thryse ouer: & then after him, the rest of his brethren Hrauldes, with Trumpets sounding, confirmed the same.

Then the Kings Maiestie, Ambassadors, and all removing to their places: the English Ambas∣sadour alone, withdrawing himself on the one side was mette and attended on, by two Groomes, who humblie on their knees, the one presenting a large rich Basen, the other a sutable Lavar, re∣pleat with sweet water, wherewith the Ambas∣sdor washed: a Gentleman Sewer, with humble reuerence, presenting him a fair To wll, where∣wth he dried his hands, and so forthwith retur∣ned to his place.

This beeing done, the Bishp ascended to the Pulpite, where, after that hee had deliuered in verse, a certaine praise and commendation of the Prince, then hee converted the rest of his Latine Oration, in prose to the Ambassadours, euery one in particular, beginning at the Ambassadour of Page  [unnumbered]England, and so continuing with the rest: Wherein he made mentiō of the Chronology of ech of these Princes: & recited the proximitie, and neernesse of bloo that they had with Scotland. Cōcluding his Ortion, with exhortation & thanksgiuing to God for that good occasion, and prosperous assemblie.

In conclusio, the lessing beeing giuen, Lyon King o Armes, cryed with a loud voice, God saue FREDERIK HENRIE, and HENRIE FRE∣DERIK, by the grace of God, Prince of Scotland. The rest of the Herauldes, proclaymed the same at an open window of the Chappell Royall, with sound of Trumpet.

Then the King, the Prince▪ the Ambassadors, the Nobles, and Ladies of Honor, retyred forth of the Chappell, in such order as they entered, and re∣payred towards the Kings Hal, During their pas∣sage, the Cannons of the Castel roared, that ther∣with the earth trembled, and other smaller shot made their harmonie after their kynde.

In the Kings Hall, the Duke of Lennox recea∣ued the Prince from the Ambassadour of England, and presented him to the Kings Maiesty, who ad∣dubbed him knight. Hee was touched with the Spur by the Erll of Mar: Thereafter the Kings Miestie presented a Ducall crowne of his head, & then was proclaimed by Lyon King of Armes, The right Excellent, High, and Magnanime, FRE∣DERIK HENRIE, HENRIE FREDERIK, by the grace of God, Knight and Barron of Renfrew: Lord of the Yles, Erll of Carrike, Duke of Rosay, Prince nd great Steward of Scotland.

Page  [unnumbered]These words were repeated by the Heraulds with a loud voice, at an open Window of the Hal.

Then the Prince was caried by the Ambassador of England, to his owne Chalmer of presence: where, the most rich, and rare propynes wer there presented.

Also, there were certain Barons and Gentle∣men addubbed Knights, whose names doe follow in order as they were proclaimed. And first their oath.

The Oath of a Knight.

1 I Shall fortifie and defend the true Christian Reli∣gion, & Christs holy Evangel, now presently pre∣ched within this Realm, to the vttermost of my power.

2 I shal be leil & true to my soverane Lord the Kings Majestie, To all orders of Chievalry, and to the noble office of Armes.

3 I shall fortifie and defend justice at my power, and that without favour or feed.

4 I shall never flie from my soverane Lord, the Kings Majestie, nor from his Hienes Lieuetenants in time of mellay, and battell.

5 I shall defend my natiue Realme, from all Allieners and strangers.

6 I shal defend the just action & quarrel of al Ladies of Honour, of all true and friendles Widowes, of Or∣phantes, and of Maidens of good fame.

7 I shal do diligence, whersoever I heare there is any Murtherers, Traytors or maisterfull Reavers, that op∣presseth the Kings Lieges, and poore people, to bring them to the Lawe at my power.

8 I shal maintain & vphold the noble estate of Che∣ualrie, Page  [unnumbered] with Horse, harnisse, and other Knightly abillze∣ments: And shall helpe and succour them of the same order at my power, if they haue neede.

9 I shall enquire and seeke to haue the knowledge & vnderstanding of all the Articles and points contained in the book of Chievalry.

All these premisses to obserue, keepe, and fulfill: I oblesse me, so helpe me my God, by my owne hand, so help me God, &c.

  • Sir William Stewart of Houstoun, Knight.
  • Sir Robert Bruce of Clackmannan, Knight.
  • Sir Iohn Boswell of Balmowtw, Knight.
  • Sir Iames Schaw of Salquhy, Knight.
  • Sir Iohn Murray of Ethilstoun, Knight.
  • Sir William Menteith of Kerse, Knight.
  • Sir Alexander Fraser of Fraserburgh, Knight.
  • Sir Iohn Lindesay of Dunrod, Knight.
  • Sir George Leuingston of Ogilface, Knight.
  • Sir Iames Forester of Torwood-head, Knight.
  • Sir Andrew Balfoure of Stratho••, Knight.
  • Sir Walter Dundas of ouer Newlistoun, Knight.
  • Sir Iohn Boswell of Glasemont, Knight.
  • Sir George Elphingstoun of Blythwood, Knight.
  • Sir William Leuingston of Darnechester, Knight.
  • Sir Dauid Meldrum of New-hall, Knight.

These names wer proclaimed vpon the Tar∣rase of the forefront of the Castell, with sound of Trumpets, and great quantity of diuerse especes of gold and money, cast ouer amongst the people.

These things beeing accomplished, the King Page  [unnumbered] and Queenes Maiesties, wth the Ambassadors, addressed themselues to the banket in the great Hal, about eight of the clock at night. Then came Lyon King of Armes, with his brethren the He∣rauldes, and entered the Hal before the King and Queenes meate, the Trumpets sounding melo∣diouslie before them: with these Noble men, bea∣ting office for the present.

  • The Erll of Mar, Great Maister-housholde.
  • The Lord Fleming, Great Maister-Vsher.
    For the Kings M.
  • The Erll of Montroze, Cartier.
  • The Erll of Glencarne, Copper.
  • The Erll of Orkenay, Sewar.
    For the Queenes M.
  • The Lord Seton Caruer.
  • The Lord Hume Copper.
  • The Lord Sempill Sewar.

This delicate banket beeing ordered with great aboundance, the King, Queene, and Am∣bassadours, were placed al at one Table, being for∣med of three partes, after a Geometricall figure, in such sort, that every one might haue a full sight of the other.

The King & Queens Maiesties, were placed in the midst of the table, and on the Kings right hand wre set the English Ambassadours, the Erle of Sussex, and M. Robert Bowes, next them sat the Am∣bassadour from the Duke of Brunswicke, and the Page  [unnumbered] Ambassadour from the Duke of Magdelburgh.

On the Kings left hand, next to the Queenes Maiestie, sate the Ambassadour of Denmarke, and Ambassadours from the States of Holland and Zeland: Betwixt every one of their seats, was left a good space.

On the East and west side of the Hal, was pla∣ced two very long Tables, where were set certain Noble men, Ladies of honour, and Counsellers of Scotland, and with them, the Noble men and Gen∣til-men of England, Denmark, Almaine and Flanders. And betwixt every Noble-man and Gentil-man stranger, was placed a Lady of honour, or Gentil-woman.

Nowe, beeing thus in a very honourable and comely order set, and after a while, hauing well refreshed themselues with the first seruice, which was very sumpteous, there came into the sight of them all, a Black-Moore, drawing (as it seemed to the beholders) a triumphall Charlot (and before it, the melodious noyse of trumpets and Howboyes) which Chariot entered the Hall, the motion of the whole frame (which was twelue foote long, and se∣uen foot broad) was so artificial within it selfe, that it appeared to be drawen in, onely by the strength of a Moore, which was very richly attyred, his tra∣ces were great chaines of pure gold.

Vpon this Chariot was finely and artificially deuised, a sumpteous couered Table, decked with all sortes of exquisite delicates and dainties, of pat∣tisserie, frutages, and confections.

About the table, were placed sit Gallant dames, Page  [unnumbered] who represented a silent Comedie, three of them clothed in Argentyne Saten, and three in Crim∣son Saten: All these six garments, were enriched with Togue and Tinsal, of pure gold and siluer, e∣uery one of them hauing a Crowne or Garland on their heades, very richely decked with fethers, pearles, and Iewels vpon their loose haire, in An∣tica forma.

In the first front stood dame Ceres, with a sickle in her right hand, and a handfull of Corne in the o∣ther, and vpon the outmost part of her thigh, was written this sentence, Fundent vberes omnia Campi, which is to say, the plenteous Fields shall affoord all things.

Ouer against Ceres, stood Faecunditie, with some bushes of Chesbolls, which vnder an hierogliphi sence, representeth broodines with this Deuise, For∣lix prole divum, and on the other side of her habite, Crescant in mille. The first importing that this Cun∣trie is blessed by the Childe of the goddes, and the second, alluding to the King and Queenes Maie∣stis, that their generations may grow into thou∣sandes.

Next on the other side, was placed Faith, hauing in her hands a Basen, and in the same two hands ioyned together, with this sentence, Boni alumna con∣iugij, The fortresse and nurse of a blessed mariage.

Ouer against Faith, stood Concorde, with a gol∣den Tasse in her left hand, and the horn of aboun∣dance in her right hand with this sentence, Pleno beant te numina Sinu. The heuenly powers do blesse thee with a full bosome.

Page  [unnumbered]The next place was occupyed by Liberalitie, who hauing in her right hand two Crownes, and in her left, two Scepters, with this denise, Me comite plura quam dabis, accipies. That is to say, hauing me thy follower, thou shalt receiue more than thou shalt giue.

And the last was Perseverance, hauing in her right hand a staste, and on her left shoulder an An∣chor, with this deuise, Nec dubiares mutabuns, nec se∣cunda, Neither doubtfull, nor more prosperous things shall change your state.

This Chariot which should haue bene drawn in by a Lyon, (but because his presence might haue brought some feare, to the neerest, or that the sight of the lights and torches might haue commoued his tamenes) It was thought meet, that the Moore should supply that roome: And so, he in outwarde shewe, preassed to draw that forward, which by a secreet conboy, was brought to the Princes Ta∣ble, and the whole desert, was deliuered by Ceres, Foecunditie, Faith, Concord, Liberalitie, and Perseve∣rance, to the Erles, Lords, and Barons that were Sewers.

Presently after the returning of the Chariot, entered a most sumpteous, artificiall, and wel pro∣portioned ship, the length of her keele, was 18. foot, and her bredth 8. foote: from her bottome to her highest flagge, was 40. foot: the Sea shee stoode vpon, was 24. foot long, with bredth convenient: her motion was so artificially deuised within her self, that none could perceiue what brought her in. The Sea vnder her, was liuely counterfeit, with¦al Page  [unnumbered] cououts: On her foresterne was placed Neptu∣nu, hauing in his hand hs Trident, & on his head a Crowne, his apparell was all of Indian cloth of siver and silk, which bare this inscription, unxi at∣quereduxi which in sence importeth, that as he ioy∣ned them, so he reduced their Maiesties.

Then Thetis with her Mce, goddesse of the sea with this deuise, Nunquam abero & tutum semper te lit∣tore sistam, which signifieth, that by her presence, she alwaies shall be carefull to bring them into a safe shore and harborow.

Then Triton with his wilke Trumpet, was next to her with this deuise, Velis, votis, ventis, by Sayles, by Vowes, by Windes.

Round about the Ship, were all the Marine people, as Syrenes, (aboue the middle as women, & vnder as fishes:) and these were Parthenope, Li∣gea, and Leucosia, who accommodating their ge∣stures to the voice of the Musitions, repeated this verse, Vnus eris nobis cantandus semper in orbe. And all the same was decored with the riches of the seas, as Pearls, Corals, Shelles, and Mettalls, very rare and excellent.

The bulke of this Ship was curiouslie pain∣ted, and her Galleries, wherevpon stood the most part of the Banket in Christalline glasse, gilt with Gold and Azure. Her Mastes were redde, her ta∣kling and cordage, was silk of the same coulour, with golden Pulles, Her ordinance was 36. pee∣ces of Brasse, bruelie mounted, and her Anchors Siluer-gylt. All her Sayles were double of white Taffata. And in her fore-sayle, a Ship Page  [unnumbered] Compas, regarding the North Star, with this sentence, Quascunque per vndas. Which is to say, through quhatsoeuer seas, or waues, the Kings Maiestie intendeth his course, and protect of anie acrysing action, Neptune as God of the Sea, shal be fauorable to his proceedings.

On the Main-saile, was painted the Armories of Scotland and Denmark, with this deuice, com∣petent in the person of the Prince of Scotland. En quae divisa beatos efficiunt, collecta tenes. That is to say, Beholde (O Prince) what doth make these king∣domes seuerally blessed, ioyntly (O Prince of hope) thou holdes, and hast together.

Her tops were al armed with Taffataes of his Maiesties Collours, Golde, and Geules: and all her flaggs and streamers sutable to the same.

Her Marriners were in number six, apparel∣led al in changeable Spanish Taffataes, and her Pilote in cloth of gold, he alone stood at the helme, who only mooued and gouerned the whole frame, both the Ship and her burden, very artificially.

The Musitions within the same, were 14. all apparelled in Taffataes of his Maiesties collors, besides Arion with his Harp.

Being thus prepared, at the sound of Trum∣pets, she approached, and at the next sound of Tri∣tons wilk Trumpet, together with the Masters whistle, she made sayle till shee came to the Table, discharging the ordinance in her Sterne by the way: But because this deuise caried some morall meaning with it, it shal not be impertinent to this purpose, to discover what is meant and propyned thereby.

Page  [unnumbered]The Kings Maiestie, hauing vndertaken in such a desperate time, to sayle to Norway, and like a newe Iaon, to bring his Queene our gracious Lady to this Kingdome, being detained and stop∣ped by the conspiracies of Witches, and such de∣nillish Dragons, thought it very meet, to followe foorth this his owne invention, that as Neptunus (speaking portically, and by such sictions, as the like Interludes and actions are accustomed to be decored withall) ioyned the King to the Queene.

So after this Coniunction, hee brought their Maiesties as happely hither: and now at this her blessed deliuery, did bring such things as the Sea affoords, to decore this festiual time withal: which immediatly were deliuered to the Sewers, forth of the Galleries of this Ship, out of Christalline glasse, very curiously painted with Gold & Azure, all sortes of Fishes: as Hearinges, Whytings, Flookes, Oysters, Buckles, Lampets, Partans, ••apstars, Crabs, Spout-fish, Clammes: with o∣ther infinit things made of Suger, and most blue∣ly represented in their owne shape. And whiles the Ship was vnloading: Arion sitting vpon the Ga∣l•• nose, which resembled the forme of a Dolphine fish, played vpon his Harp: Then began her mu∣sike in greene holyne Howboyes in fiue partes. After that, followed Violls with voices in plaine counterpointe, to the nature of these Hexameter Vrses.

Vndique conveniant, quot Reges nomine Christi
Gaudent, huc que suas maturent cogere vires.
〈◊〉, O Rex, opibusque antejueris omnes
Page  [unnumbered]Quisque suam jam posse velit tibi cedere sorte.
Regna, viros, aurum, quae tefecere potente.
Omnia conjugij decorant haec pignora chari:
ANNA precor foelix multos feliciter annos,
ive, resume novas, atque annuus anni
Instar eat, redeatque; novo tibi partus abor••.
Cresce Puer, sacri mens numinis imbibat imbres,
Semper vterque parens de te nova gaudia captet.
Scotia, qua quondam multis tenebrosa vocataes
Lumina magna nitent in te superantia coelum,
Lux Verbi, & Rex, & Princeps diademata Regni.

After which, ensued a stil noyse of Recorders and Flutes: and for the fourth, a generall consort of the bes Instruments.

So this Enterlude, drawing neere to an end, in the vere last courses, was discouered this sen∣tence likewise. Submissus adorat Occanus, inferring that the Occean Sea, by offering the shapes of her treasure humblie adored and honoured the sit∣ters. And when in this time, all the banket was done, after thanks being giuen, there was sung with most delicate dulce voices, and sweet harmo∣nie in 7. partes, the 128. Psalme, with 14. voices, And that being done, at the sound of Tritons wilk Trumpet, and the Pilotes whistle, she wayed an∣chor, made saile, and with noise of Howboyes and Trumpets, retyred, and then discharged the rest of her ordinance, to the great admiration of the beholdrs.

After all which Pastime and sport, with merry and ioyfull repast, the King and Queenes Maie∣sties, Page  [unnumbered] after other offices of honour and respect, the place being prepared for the Reuels, and the Per∣sons appointed for the same, discharging them∣selues sufficiently. Their Maiesties, and Ambas∣sadors, went to another Hal, most richly and mag∣nificently hung with riche Tapistrie, where for the collation, a most rare, sumpteous, and Prince∣like desart of Sugr was prepared, which being ended, after taking of leaue, and goodnights, they departed about three of the clock in the morning, to their nights rest.

The dates ensewing, so long as leasure might serue, was bestowed by the Ambassadors, in ban∣ketting of Noble men and Gentilmen of their ac∣quaintance, and the King in the meane time was Sollicite and carefull of honourable and magn•••ke rewardes, to be bestowed on either of them, which was also Princelie performed, to their great con∣tentments.

And as they were come to Edinburgh, they were all banketted at some time, seuerally, and at other times together, by diuers Noble men of Scotland, with great honour: Last of all, one Ambassadour banketted another, for commemoration of that Ioyfull meeting and good successe.

Then the King and Queenes Maiesties came to Edinburgh, where they were invited by the Am∣bassadours of Denmarke, vnto a Banket within their Shippe, which lay at anchor in the Riuer of Forth: Shee was so great, that shee could not en∣ter the Harborow.

The Banket was very sumpteous, and the Page  [unnumbered] Ambassadours so Ioyous of their finall dispatch, behaved themselues to their Maiesties on a kind∣ly maner, according to the ordinary custom of their Cuntrie, by propining of drink vnto them in name of their Princes, which was louingly accepted and requited: In commemoration whereof, the whole Artillerie of that great Vessell were shot in great number.

The three great Ships of the Estates, lying in the same Road neere by, made correspondance and resonance to the number of six score gret shot, and thus concluded their Bien alle.

Then the Castel of Edinburgh, for performance of the Kings honour, as they perceaued the ships to lose, and to hoyse vp sayle: The Captaine of the Castell saluted euery Ship, as they shewed them selues in readines by order, with a number of great Cannon shotte. And so I conclude.

FINIS.