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Sir David Lyndsay of the Mount, Lion King at Arms under James V., was born about 1490, and became page and playmate to that king, born in 1512. He was a severe satirist of the times, and particularly of the clergy: a reformer, a poet, and ambassador to Charles V. and other sovereigns. Lyndsay would deserve respect were it only for his sentiment, written too by a man in office and at that period :
“Quhat is ane king ? Nocht but an officiar,
To cause his leigis live in aquitie.”
James ever protected him, and was “studious to enforce the payment of his pension even while his own means were few and
The Complaynt of Basche, the King's Hound, was composed during 1536. This dog was bred by Gordon of Pittarie; and presented to the king by his nephew the Earl of Huntly, son of Margaret a natural daughter of James IV., and the master of Huntly."
1 Sir David Lindsay's Works. By G. Chalmers. 1806.
The Kingis Auld Hound, callit
Directit to Bawte, the Kingis Best Belovit Dog,
and His Companzeonis.
Lyoun King of Armes.
I To whom.
? Make; give. * Beseeching
5 Bear. 6 Ere; before. 7 Out of the town. 8 I thought I had so much influence, that I never dreaded necessity.
Qukilk, in his hous, did bring me up,
Quhen to the king the cace was knawin 14
I rue the day. 2 Since then. 3 Must lie in the yard like a low fellow. + Worrier.
7 Murderer. 5 One year old sheep. 6 Wrestler; fighter.
16 Shown. 14 Known.
I High; alvanced.
3 Falsehood. s knocked me down. 9 Thought best. i Every one. 9 Rascal: worthless fellow. 10 Separated. 11 Banished.
4 Catch. 8 Were it not.
Gude brother Lanceman, Lyndsayis dog,
Get, be their solistatioun,
Bawtie, considder weill this bill,
2 Bloody shirts.
3 Laws. i Fault.
4 Suffer. 8 Foes.