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IMEV 3558.5
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These scattering Scots
A song of victory over the Scots inserted in the Brut Chronicles and early prose chronicles
Note: For the Langtoft version see 1384; non-source-specific editions by Weever (1631), 458; bad key, 2.261; Wilson (1936), 44; Scattergood (1974), 288.
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; Scots, songs against; historical poems; songs, soldiers’
Versification: — six-lines — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson B.171 (SC 11539), f. 108
Transcription:
Thus scaterand Scottes
holde y for sottes
of wrenches vnware
Erly in amornyng
in an euel tyming
went ȝe fro Dunbarre
Note: Written as prose, in rubric as a heading.
Editions:
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 58.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.2.14, f. 153v
Transcription:
Thys scaterant scottes
holde I for sottes
of wrenches vnware
Erly in a mornynge
in a fulle evill tymyng
comme ye from donbare
Note: In the prose Brut, rubric, as a heading, written in prose.
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.VIII, f. 83
Transcription:
Thesse skaterynge scottis
hold y for sottis
and wretchis vnware
erly yn a mornynge
yn an yuyl tydynge
went þe fro donbarre
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Brie, Friedrich, ed. The Brut, or the Chronicles of England. EETS o.s. 131 (1906), 136 (1908); repr. 1987: 191.
4.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 530, f. 130v
Transcription:
Þeos skaterand skottes
holde we but Sottes
of wrenches vn ware
Eorly in a mornyng
In an yvel tyming
went þee ffrome Dunbare
Note: Written as prose in prose Brut.
5.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 587, f. 70a
Transcription:
These scatering Scottes
holde I for sottes
of wrenches vnware
Erly in a mornyng
in a evyll tymyng
went þe ffrom dunbar
Note: In prose Brut; written as prose.
6.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 766, f. 124
Transcription:
These scaterand Scottis
holde we ffor Sottis
Off wrenchis vnware
Erly In a mornyng
In an Evill tymyng
Cam they to Dunbare
Note: In Fabyan’s Chronicle; written as prose.
7.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Richardson 35, f. 58va
Transcription:
Thes skateryng Scottes
Holde I for sottes
In one euyl tymyng
Went þei from donbare
Note: In prose Brut; written as verse; abbreviated 4-line version.
8.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 113 [olim Phillipps 8857], f. 84ra
Transcription:
These scatering skottis
Hold I for Sottis
for wrenchis vnware
Erly in an mornyng
in an euyl tyming
went þey fro dunbar
Note: In prose Brut; written as prose, in rubric.
9.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 131 [olim Buccleuch, Quaritch Cats. 303, 304], f. 81v
Transcription:
Thes scateryng Scottes
holde I for Sottes
of wrenkes vnware
That erely in an mornyng
In an evyll tymyng
come they fro Dunbar
Note: In prose Brut; written as prose, with virgules to mark line breaks.
10.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 136 [olim Phillipps 8858], f. 78v
Transcription:
Thus scaterand scottes
hold I for Sottes
of wrenches vnwarie
Erly yn a mornyng
in an euel tymyng
went ye fro dunbarre
Note: In prose Brut; written as prose, with virgules to mark line breaks.
11.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 133, f. 110
Transcription:
Thes scaterynge Scottes
I holde ffor slottis
off wrenkis wn warre
Erly in a mornynge
in a evil tymynge
Wente ȝee ffrome Donbare
Note: In prose Brut; written as prose, in rubric; last folio in volume as presently survives.
12.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 494, f. 68ra
Transcription:
Þus skyterandes Scottis
halde y for sottes
of wrenches vnwarre
Erly in a mornyng
In an euel tymynge
drif ȝe were fro Dunbare
Note: In prose Brut; written as prose, underlined in red.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 9991. Chronicles of England, Caxton, 1480
2.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533
First Lines:
These scaterande scottes
hold I for sottes…
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 398.
3.Source: STC 20724. Rastell, John, The pastyme of people The cronycles of dyuers realmys and most specyally of the realme of Englond breuely co[m]pylyd [and] empryntyd in chepesyde at the sygne of the mearemayd next to pollys gate. Cum priuilegio, [London: Printed by John Rastell, 1530?]
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 197.
4.Source: STC 10662. Fabyan, Robert , The chronicle of Fabyan whiche he hym selfe nameth the concordaunce of historyes, nowe newely printed, [and] in many places corrected, as to the dylygent reader it may apere. 1542. Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum solum, [London]: Printed by Iohn Reynes, dwellynge at the sygne of saynte George in Pauls churcheyarde, [1542] , sig. ll.5va
Transcription:
These scaterand Scottes
Holde wee for sottes
Of wrenches vnware
Erly in a mornyng
In an eiuill timyng
Came thei to Dunbarre
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 197.