Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: who " releases " his rights to Galloway and " re-infeoffs " the dis inherited Galwegian in Cumnock and Cirrick and Cunningham and Kyle. The entire detail here is a skilful poetic blend of law and chivalry, displaying a knowledge not only of legal form but of the code of the chivalric duel " The Maner of Batale." Before David II., in 1368, we have already seen that Sir Hew of Eglintoun actually heard a lord of Galloway (Archibald the Grim) argue about right and reason (de jure et racionc) with the son and brother of the lord of Cumnock and Carrick and Cunningham and Kyle. Sir Hew also was at least once in close fellowship with an important Scottish duel in the same year, 1368. VI.?HUCHOWN IDENTIFIED WITH S1R HEW. In the search for the identification of Wyntoun's " Huchown off the Awle Ryale " there are undoubted difficulties?about the poems, about the poet, and even about his nationality?for our English friends, with that practical admiration for everything great which is so distinctively their characteristic, have never been very willing to let us keep Huchown's work, and latterly have even attempted to carry Huchown himself to Oxford and make him a fellow of Oriel. They must regret that Robert of Ogle, in 1342, let his prisoner, Sir Hew of Eglintoun, go! The bare proposal, however rash and ineffective, to deport Huchown now makes it incumbent on us to look narrowly at our vouchers. Wyntoun does not expressly say that Huchown was a Scot, but his manner makes that inference inevitable and necessary, for his words are more than a criticism?there is in them an allusion clearly personal and even affectionate to one whose individuality was known to Wyntoun himself and intelligible to his Scottish audience. Wyntoun, in short, compels us to look for a poet curious of style, eloque...
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