Anonimalle Chronicle


‘There came to England, in the vicinity of Carlisle, Thomas Randolph, earl of Moray, and James Douglas with twenty thousand well armed Scots, and during the day they occupied and stayed in woods and marshes far from the towns, so that the people of the area should have no knowledge of them, and at night they rode with their army until they reached Boroughbridge and Myton‑on‑Swale which was only twelve leagues from York.  They wished to go on to the city of York and to take the city by force, but soon news reached Sir William Melton archbishop of the city, and Sir John Hotham, who was then the king's chancellor, and immediately they assembled all the force that they could gather and raise for themselves.  And a certain Nicholas Fleming who was then the mayor of the said city, a noble and valiant man, went with many others from the city in strength with all their force towards Myton to oppose the malice of their Scottish enemies.  And when they had come to Myton, with the support of the local people, they formed up to give battle to their Scottish enemies.  But the Scots, who were well marshalled and well equipped for war, had great scorn for the English and now began to sound their trumpets and without further delay began to fight the English and soon the English were killed and defeated; many were drowned in the River Swale, over which there was sorrow, and the said Nicholas Fleming was there cut down and dismembered.  The archbishop, Sir William Melton, and Sir John Hotham, the chancellor, fled as best they could to the city of York and closed the gates and remained there.  But Sir William Ayremynne, a noble and valiant clerk, was captured there and taken to Scotland, imprisoned, and was subsequently freed for a heavy ransom.’


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