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Robert the Bruce.

from the loss of their lands in Scotland, is said by Sir Thomas Gray to have been that these lords would not agree to the treaty unless this were done, "de quoy," says he, "puis enavoient grant mal."

Besides the above articles mentioned by Lord Hailes, provision was made for returning to the Scots the celebrated Ragman Roll, in which the Scots landowners had done fealty to Edward I. and the bit of the true Cross which the Scots called the Black Rood.[1] Lord Hailes inserts, as the second article in the treaty, a stipulation for the return to Scotland of the Coronation Stone, founding on a writ which he quotes, issued by Edward III. on July 1, 1328, to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, directing them to deliver it to the Sheriffs of London, who were to carry it to the Queen-Mother, because his council had agreed at the Parliament of Northampton that it should be sent to Scotland. It is, however, stated distinctly in the chronicle of Lanercost that the people of London—Londinenses—would on no account agree to part with this stone, and, as a matter of fact, they never have done so.

The conditions of peace were submitted to King Robert's Parliament assembled in Edinburgh in March, 1328, and approved by them.

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  1. Lanercost, 261.