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Robert the Bruce.

[1304 A.D.-

ing, to assemble the good people[1] of Scotland in a convenient place, and there rehearse to them the laws of King David, as subsequently amended; such laws as should be found plainly against God and reason to be amended by the Lieutenant and his council. Such matters as the Lieutenant might feel unable to deal with in so short a time, to be put in writing by certain commissioners elected by the community, with power to confer with the King and finally determine the matter.

7. The Lieutenant to have power, with the advice of the good people of Scotland, to remove en corteise manere such persons as were likely to disturb the peace, and the King might command such to remain south of the Trent.

8. Sir Alexander de Lindsay to remain six months out of Scotland.

9. The Earl of Carrick to place Kildrummie Castle in the keeping of one for whom he shall answer.

10. Sir Simon Fraser to attend the King before December 20th, and to go into exile from England and France for four years—subject to the King's recall at pleasure.

Then followed the form of oath to be taken by the commissioners of both nations, binding them by our Lord's body, the holy relics, and the gospels, to give good advice for maintaining the peace, especially in

  1. The term probi homines then bore a different meaning to that which it came to have in later times. It meant the vassals, i.e., men holding land of a subject-superior. The more modern equivalent phrase was "lairds."