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Strange News from SCOTLAND AND Their young King his Dream concerning England: with the appearing of a wonderful Viſion to him in the night, and what happened thereupon: Together, with his Speech to the Lords of his Privie Councel; And a dreadful Propheſie of Mr. Douglas a Scotchman, writ­ten by his own hand, and ſent to their young King, full of wonder and admi­ration; wherein he foretells the great things that ſhall befall his Perſon, this preſent year 1651. With a great Battel to be fought on the5. of May next, between the Engliſh and the Scots, the event and ſucceſs thereof. 20. Lords to be beheaded, and 20000 Hoſe and Foot totally vanquiſhed and ſubdued, and what ſhall happen upon the obtaining this great Victory.

Signed by James Douglas, the Authour of theſe prophetical Obſervations, and Licenſed according to Order.

[depiction of an execution by beheading

LONDON, Printed by J. C. 1651.


A ſtrange and wonderful Propheſie of Mr. James Douglas, a Scotchman, &c.


SCotland being the ſeat of Warre, on which all Europe (at this preſent) have fixt a moſt ſtedfaſt and vigilent eye; and conſidering that there are many things of great concern­ment and pertinency, that have not as yet been preſented to publice view: I ſhall there­fore endeavour to repreſent thee with a moſt faithful and infallible Narrative in relation thereunto, and the firſt thing that I inſiſt upon ſhall be, the ſtrange and wonderful Propheſie of a dumb Scot, living in the Town of Sterling, aged about 50. and written with his own hand, which followeth in theſe words, viz.

The Wars ſhall begin in the Spring,
Much woe to Scotland it ſhall bring:
Then ſhall the Lads cry well away,
That ever we liv'd to ſee this day.

For the beginning of the moneth of May, 1641 a great bat­tel ſhall be fought between the Engliſh and the Scots, and that for the ſpace of 10. hours, the victory ſhall ſeem both dubilous and doubtful; but at laſt it ſhall fall to the Engliſh; and their heads ſhall be crowned with the Trophies thereof; inſomuch that above 20000 Scots ſhall be totally ſubdued, their Lieut. Gen. and many other Officers of note, taken and killed; and their King himſelf enforced to a poor Cottage in the North I­ſlands with a ſmall party, where ſhall come an old Woman with an Axe, and ſhall ſay to him, what art thou? and he ſhall an­ſwer and ſay, with tears trickling upon his Cheeks, I am the King of Scots: Then ſhall ſhe make this Reply, make haſte and be gonfor thy enemes are near at hand, and betake thy ſelf to the Iſl••ds of Orkney, where a ſtrong Band of men ſhall unite together for thy ſafegard and ſecurity.

This being done, he ſhall then attempt to make the field a­gain, which ſhall provo more fatal then the former; inſomuch, that Treachery either by Sword or Bullet, threatens to take him off, and above 20 Noblemen ſhall looſe their heads.

Then ſhall the Engliſh ſummon Sterling Caſtle, and towards the later end of June, it ſhall be ſurrendred. After this St. John­stons ſhall yield, & many other formidable Caſtles in the North, but the quarrel diſputable till Auguſt; at which time an agree­ment ſhall be made, and the whole Confines of Scotland become ſubject and obedient to the Parliament of England: the Scotch King ſhall end his days in the field, and none of that race or Fa­mily for the future, ſhall any either England, Scotland, or Ire­land.

And further, this dumb Prophet verifies, at what time this great Battel ſhall be fought, which Verſes with great Art, he incloſed in a paper, and ſent to the King, a Copy whereof fol­loweth.

The 15 of this moneth of May,
Shall be a ſad diſaſtrous day;
And they that Charles his part do take
Shall dearly ſuffer for his ſake:
And many of his friends ſhall fly
Like duſt before the Enemy.

Theſe lines were written by the Authour, and his name with this further poſition prefixed. Signed by James Douglas, an enemy to the uſurping Norman Race, a cordial friend to truth and unſpotted liberty, and a loyal Native to the freedom of his Countrey, &c.

The young King had no ſooner peruſed theſe deſpicable liues, but he waxed exceeding wroth, giving ſtrict charge and Com­mand, that he ſhould forthwith be committed to ſafe cuſtody; and accordingly he was with great rigour ſent to Sterling Caſtle, where he now remains cloſe priſoner; but by the help of ſome friends, promiſing Pen, Ink, and paper, wrote this enſuing De­claration.

God the abſolute Soveraign Lord and King of all things in Heaven and earth, the original Fountain and cauſe of all cauſes, who is circumſcribed, limited, and governed by no Rules, but doth all things meerly and only by his ſoveraign will and unli­mited good pleaſure, wgo made the world and all things there­in, for his own glory, and who by his own will and pleaſure gave man (his mere Creature) the ſoveraignty (under himſelf) over all the reſt of his Creaturrs, and endued him with a ratio­nal ſoul or underſtanding, and thereby created him after his own Image, and by his ſoveraign and abſolute creating power, made a female or woman, called Eve, which two, and the earthly o­riginal Fountain, as begetters and bringers forth of all and eve­ry particular, and individual man and woman, that ever breath­ed in the world ſince, who are and were by nature all alike in power, dignity, Authority and Majeſty, none of them having a­ny Authority, Dominion, or Majeſterial power, one over or a­bove another, but by inſtitution, or donation, that is to ſay, by mutual agreement or conſent given, derived or aſſumed by mu­tual conſent and agreement, for the good, benefit, and comfort each of other, and not for the miſchief, hurt, or damage of any, it being unnatural, irrational, ſinful, wicked, and unjuſt for any man or men whatſoever, to part with ſo much of their power, as ſhall inable a Prince to deſtroy and undo them therewith.


And unnatural, irrational, ſinful, wicked, unjuſt, develiſh, and tyranical; it is for a Prince to appropriate and aſſume unto him­ſelf, a Power, Authority, and jurisdiction to unite, govern, or raign over any ſort of men in the world, without their free con­ſent; and he that doth it, does thereby as much as in him lies, endeavour to appropriate and aſſume unto himſelf the Office and Soveraignty of GOD, who alone doth, and is to rule by his will and pleaſure. And wickedneſs [in the higheſt] it is for any King to raign and govern by his Prerogative will and plea­ſure; although his late Father Charles the firſt, would needs maintain this erroneous maxime, That Kingdoms are Kings own, and that they may do with them what they will; as if Kingdoms were for them, and not they for their Kingdoms.

Therefore again I ſay, that their ways are wicked, unjuſt, and tyranical; and as it is a great wickedneſs for any ſort of men to ſuffer them ſo to do, ſo it is a great ſin and preſumption of all Gods Saints, if they do not uſe all poſſible means for the caſting off the yoak of uſurpation and tyranny.


Since the writing of this Declaration, the prophetical Scot having received advertiſement, that the King was crowned, de­ſired to ſpeak with his Keeper, who coming to him, took him by the hand, uttering theſe words.

My bony Lad and prerogative Goaler,

J Underſtand that your good Stuart is crowned, and that he intends to cauſe a great Army forthwith, to match againſt the Engliſh Saints; but I tell thee, he hath had ſuch a Dream, in re­lation to them, that his Majeſtical ſpirits are not a little danted; and withall, take notice, that when he marcheth over Sterling-Bridge, to give them battel, the tame and domeſtigne Fowls, as Hens, Geeſe, Peacocks, and the like, ſhall all vaniſh, and fly to the Mountains, and become exceeding wild; but after the Fight5 is over, they ſhall all of them return again to their reſpective places, where formerly they were bred up.

The Goaler hearing this, reproved him, and ſwore by his ſoul he was a mad man, and ſo lockt the doors and departed; but within 2 days after, he came to him again, having heard what the Dream was, and asked him, whither he could expound the Kings Dream, which he formerly told him of; he anſwered yes: well, pray let me hear it then, quoth the Goaler; why ſaid Pro­phet Douglas, the ſame night following that he was Crowned, falling into a ſlumber, he dreamed, that he ſhould never wear the Crown of England and Ireland, &c.

With that the Goaler ſhooke his head and departed, and ac­quainted the Governour with the mraculous things revealed by the Prophet; inſomuch, that the ſaid Governour ſeemed to be very well ſatisfied therewith, and ordered him fire and other proviſions, which before he was reſtrained of; but it is with as much ſecreſie as may be.

The Dream before hinted at is ſaid to be thus, That on the 2. of Jan. in the morning, many of the Nobles of Scotland went to give the King a viſit, and coming into his Bed-chamber, accord­ing to their uſual Cuſtom, ſaid, Good morrow my Liege for all day; but finding him to be ſoewhat〈◊〉, the Lord Ogleby••ke••m the reaſon and cauſe of his malancholy humour, who replyed, that he was much troubled the laſt night, and that in a ſlumber he fell into a Dream; at which inſtance, he eſpyed a poor Spi­der, with one Crown, as it were hanging over its head, tranſ­cending and working her ſelf lower and lower by a Cobweb-thread; and at laſt he eſpyed two other Crowns at the end of the thread, and the Spider endeavouring to work her ſelf down to them, imediately fell and loſt all: upon which, awaking, he began to meditate and commune with himſelf, what had been ſuggeſted to him, by apparition in a Dream, and upon ſerious cogitancy thereupon, theſe thoughts poſſeſſed him,

That upon the adventuring one Crown, to gain two, he was very doubtful he ſhould hazard the loſſe of 3, &c.

But the Lord Ogleby put it off with a laughter, ſaying, that Dreams were but Fables, &c.


The Scot is now more full of prophetical Predicti­ons, then Marſhall actions; for another of their gude Lairds hath foretold, the dread and terror that ſhall befall them this year 1651, by the Engliſh; and more­over, he doth further affirm, That the Son of the Eagle, ſhall in this enſuing year, have his wings ſo cloſe cut, by an Engliſh Rampart, that he ſhall be wholly ſubdu­ed, and utterly diſcomfited, and deprived of all earthly bliſs and happineſs: And that after 3 battels fought for the faith, the Land ſhall be quite over-run and conquered, and then there ſhall be a firm and univer­ſal peace throughout 3 Nations of Scotland, England, and Ireland.


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TextStrange news from Scotland and their young King his dream concerning England: with the appearing of a wonderful vision to him in the night, and what happened thereupon: together, with his speech to the lords of his privie councel; and a dreadful prophesie of Mr. Douglas a Scotchman, written by his own hand, and sent to their young King, full of wonder and admiration; wherein he fortells the great things that shall befall his person, this present year 1651. With a great battel to be fought on the 5. of May next, between the English and the Scots, the event and success thereof. 20. Lords to be beheaded, and 20000 horse and foot totally vanquished and subdued, and what shall happen upon the obtaining this great victory. / Signed by James Douglas, the author of the these prophetical observations, and licensed according to order.
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Bibliographic informationStrange news from Scotland and their young King his dream concerning England: with the appearing of a wonderful vision to him in the night, and what happened thereupon: together, with his speech to the lords of his privie councel; and a dreadful prophesie of Mr. Douglas a Scotchman, written by his own hand, and sent to their young King, full of wonder and admiration; wherein he fortells the great things that shall befall his person, this present year 1651. With a great battel to be fought on the 5. of May next, between the English and the Scots, the event and success thereof. 20. Lords to be beheaded, and 20000 horse and foot totally vanquished and subdued, and what shall happen upon the obtaining this great victory. / Signed by James Douglas, the author of the these prophetical observations, and licensed according to order. Douglas, James, fl. 1651.. [2], 6 p. Printed by J.C.,London :1651.. (Dated and signed on p.4: Sterling castle, 8. of Jan. 1651. J. Douglas.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "feb: 14 1650".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Charles -- II, -- King of England, 1630-1685 -- Early works to 1800.
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