The History of Leith

October 18, 2012

Douglas of Kilspindie

In 1528 the Lord Maxwell became again provost
of Edinburgh, and when, some years after, his
exiled predecessor, Douglas of Kilspindie, became
weary of wandering in a foreign land he sought in
vain the clemency of James V., who, in memory of
all he had undergone at the hands of the Douglases,
had registered a vow never to forgive them.
The aged warrior—who had at one time won the
affection of the king, who, in admiration of his
stature, strength, and renown in arms, had named
him ” Greysteel,” after a champion in the romance
of ” Sir Edgar and Sir Guion “—threw himself in
James’s way near the gates of Stirling Castle, to seek
pardon, and ran afoot by the side of his horse, encumbered
as he was by heavy armour, worn under
his clothes for fear of assassination. But James
rode in, and the old knight, sinking by the gate in
exhaustion, begged a cup of water. Even this was
refused by the attendants, whom the king rebuked
for their discourtesy; but old Kilspindie turned
sadly away, and died in France of a broken heart.

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