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THE REGENT'S TROOPS WERE DRAWN UP ON 'THE MOOR OF GLASGOW.' JT will
be instructive to consider the question?Why were the Regent's
troops drawn up outside the Gallowgate Port on the morning of the
thirteenth ? as the editor of Nau's Memoirs? following probably an
anonymous narrative printed with Nau's Memoirs, and the Herries's
Memoirs, assumes that the Regent had known that it was the Queen's
intention to march along the south side of the Clyde to Dumbarton,
and that, accordingly, he drew his troops directly out of the city
to Langside. As soon as Murray knew of the intention of Mary's
troops to march, he led his own, in the dawn of the morning of the
thirteenth, ' into the open ' fields before the town.'2 Glasgow, at
this period, consisted only of the High Street, Rottenrow, Drygate,
Gallowgate, Trongate, Saltmarket, Bridgegate, andStockwell.1 The
population did not exceed 7000.2 Gallowgate did not extend far
eastward. The east or Gallowgate Port was situated between the
present Saracen Street and St. Mungo Street. It was by this port
that the Regent emerged into the open fields or ' Moor of Glasgow,
' where he remained in battle array for some hours. The position
commanded a view of Rutherglen; and it was no doubt at or near that
part of the Queen's march where her forces were first seen by him.
Earlier intelligence by scout of the march would have been useless
to Murray, as Mary's army, as a matter of tactics, for the purpose
of deceiving him, could have crossed and recrossed the Clyde
several times. 1 Preface, cxc. 2 Buchanan, vol. ii. p. 535. Why did
the Regent, instead of drawing up his army outside the Gallowgate
Port, not advance directly on Langside ? He had considerable
information about the strength, composition, and movements of the
forces of his opp...
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