Notes Section XI
|1.||33 Henry VIII. c. 9.|
|2.||An accidental mark, in contradistinction to butts and targets: trees, bushes, posts, mounds of earth, landmarks, stones, &c., are roving marks.|
|3.||See Heath's Surrender of Ragland Castle.|
|4.||His father was a clerk of fame,
Of Bethuné's line in Picardie:
He learned the art' men may not name,
In Padua, far beyond the sea.
Lay of the Last Minstrel.
At Malling, in Kent, one of Queen Marie's Justices, upon the complaint of many wise men and a few foolish boys, laid a poor, but very skilful, archer by the heels, because he shot so near the white at butts; for he was informed and persuaded, that the poor man played with a fly, otherwise called a devil or familiar; and because he was certified that the archer aforesaid shot better than the common shooting which he before had heard of or seen, he conceived it could not be in God's name, but by enchantment; whereby this archer, as he supposed, abusing the Queen's liege people, won, one day with another, two or three shillings, to the detriment of the commonwealth and to his own enriching. And therefore the archer was severely punished, to the great encouragement of archers, and to the wise example of justices; but specially to the overthrow of witchcraft!--Reg. Scot's Discovery, p. 35. edit. 1665.