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* The drought had made the waters small,
The stakes appeared dry;
Came down the dam thereby.
Forth of the milne (mill) came he ;
And shot at him sharply.
Whereupon the bolt did glide ;
Said, “Cousin, you shoot wide.”
Who nought was hurt with this ;
And said to them, “I wis
With armour such certaine,
And had not so been slaine.
“If thou but knew of this,
And of their purpose miss.”
The town would rise indeed;
And slew him thus with speed.
But dead he did not fall :
And died in Eland Hall.'
But if these vengeful men thought to escape from the second misdeed as they did from the first, they counted their chances ill. The domestics who had escaped the slaughter instantly gave the alarm, and the town and neighbourhood were roused to arms by the sound of the horn, and by the backward ringing of the bells. The whole parish being assembled,
* All sorts of men showed their good will ;
Some bows and shafts did bear;
That saw no sun that year.'
Beaumont, Lockwood, and Quarmby, seeing the Eland men approach, made a halt, and kept them at bay with their arrows, until these being exhausted, they were compelled to betake themselves to flight, and thought to make good their retreat into the thick copse of Aneley Wood : but Quarmby--who was, in truth, the hardiest of them, and one who had never ceased stirring up the less deadly vengeance of his companions-refused to turn his face,' and was soon mortally wounded by his foes :
* Lockwood, he bare him on his back,
And hid him in Aneley Wood,
Of gold and silver good.'
They did not leave Quarmby until the breath was out of his body; they then continued for some time the pursuit of the other assassins in the direction of Huddersfield. The fate of Lacie is not known, as he is not mentioned in the story after his coming with the others from Furness Fells. Adam Beaumont, deprived of his lands, made his escape into foreign parts, became a Knight of Rhodes, and after greatly distinguishing himself, was killed fighting against the Turks. Another version of the story is, that Lockwood took refuge in a solitary retreat, then called Camel, but now Canon Hall, five miles from Barnsley. This retreat becoming known, he fled to Ferrybridge, and next to Crossland Hall. The sheriff with a great company of men beset the house, and summoned him in the king's name to surrender. He refused to obey, and defended himself for a time, but was induced by fair promises to surrender to the sheriff, who no sooner had him in his power than he put him to death. By this catastrophe the ancient family of the Lockwoods of Lockwood was utterly extirpated. The name of Beaumont still continued to exist, as it appears that Adam de Beaumont had a younger brother, from whom descended a race that flourished to the reign of Charles I.
Dr. Bentley has annexed the history of Sir John Eland to his account of Halifax; and from the investigation of MSS., the whole tragedy here related appears not only probable, but supported by collateral evidence. The deadly feud commenced by Sir John Eland, ended in the murder of the knight and his son, and the extinction of the male line of his family. All the broad lands became the inheritance of the sole surviving child and daughter, Isobel, who, being placed under the guardianship of Sir John Saville of Tankersley, afterwards became his wife, and founded the great and puissant house of Saville, now represented by the Earls of Scarborough, who still hold the manor.
The ballad already quoted concludes with an injunction to this Saville, who married the heiress, as follows:
'Learn, Saville, here, I you beseech,
That in prosperitie
And dwell in charitie.
'For by such means your elders came
To knightly dignitie;
And came to miserie.'
It may be added, that the house where lived Exley, from whose foul deed this tragedy originated, is still standing in the village of the same name. In its style of building, security sets at defiance convenience, but was fitted for those lawless times when might was right.
· Burke's Anecdotes of the Aristocracy, second series, vol. i.
KONTEFRACT, one of the most notable his
toric sites of England, lies about two miles
south-west from Ferrybridge, nine miles nearly east from Wakefield, and fifteen miles north-west from Doncaster, in Yorkshire. The town was a burgh in the time of Edward the Confessor. Ilbert de Lacy must be regarded as the founder of the castle, which subsequently became the scene of many events which have conferred upon it opprobrious repute in English history. Judging from the character of the position, on an elevated rock, commanding extensive and picturesque views, and the form of the surrounding earthworks, this fortress was evidently the work of that great Earl whose devotion and services had attached him to the Conqueror, by whom Ilbert de Lacy had made to him large grants of land ; and according to the custom of the age, he enriched as well as founded several religious houses. Kirkstall Abbey and St. Oswald's still exhibit in their ruins a testimony of his munificence. Of the castle which he built at Pontefract in twelve years, there exist but slight architectural vestiges.