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disastrous defeat of the Scottish army at Flodden, by leaving the
country in a great measure unprotected, gave a shock to the whole
border district; and following the general example, Peebles looked
to the strengthening of its bastel-houses and its walls. We may
likewise suppose that its castle was put in a posture of defence
adequate to the means at command and the importance of the
occasion. Some portions of the fortifications reared at this season
of panic are still seen in good preservation on the eastern and
least defensible side of the burgh; though it must be allowed that
the walls would have had a slender chance of preserving the town
had the English thought fit to march against it. The adjoining cut
(fig. 20) shews a portion of the town-wall as it still exists near
the east port. Fig. 20.?Town-wall of Peebles. Ensuing on the battle
of Flodden, during the minority of James V., and when The Flowers
of the Forest were a' wede away, we have accounts of disturbances,
thefts, and slaughters, aggravated beyond precedent. Douglas, Earl
of Angus, who married the widow of James IV., commanded on the
eastern borders, and for a time retained the custody of the young
king, greatly to the popular discontent. After his accession to
power, James V., with the resolute spirit of a sportsman, hunted
down the vermin- like freebooters of the border. Of this famous
expedition against the Scotts, Elliots, Armstrongs, and other
habitual disturbersof the southern counties, the following account
is given by Lindsay: The king ' maid ane convention at Edinburgh
with all the lordis and barronis, to consult how he might best
stanch the thieff and revis [reiving] within his realme, and to
caus the commounes to lieve in peace and rest, quhilk lang tyme had
beine perturbed befoir. To ...
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