By March 16 it was clear that a pitch bat­tle was in­evitable

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Cun­ning­ham, the 4th Earl of Glen­cairn, joined to­gether to pro­mote the mar­riage of Ed­ward and Mary, hav­ing been in ef­fect bribed by Henry VIII to do so – Glen­cairn had been cap­tured by the English at the Bat­tle of Sol­way Moss and was re­leased sus­pi­ciously early hav­ing promised Henry he would be his man in Scot­land.

We have sev­eral con­tem­po­rary sources as to what hap­pened next, in­clud­ing Robert Lindsay of Pitscot­tie and Ge­orge Buchanan, who is most fa­mous as the tu­tor of James VI and I but who was an em­i­nent his­to­rian and scholar in his own right.

The var­i­ous ac­counts of what hap­pened in Glas­gow do have to be seen in the light of the writ­ers’ con­vic­tions as com­mit­ted protes­tant Re­form­ers.

The Catholic Len­nox, for one, had been as­so­ci­ated with Marie de Guise, mother of Mary, Queen of Scots, and is said to have re­turned to Scot­land from France in hope of mar­ry­ing her af­ter the death of King James V.

He was cer­tainly al­lied with Marie and the anti-Re­former Car­di­nal David Beaton as well as Re­gent Ar­ran – Len­nox per­son­ally es­corted the in­fant Queen Mary to Stirling Cas­tle in July, 1543.

The re­jec­tion of the Treaty of Green­wich saw Len­nox change sides, and the bad blood be­tween him and Ar­ran – they both had claims to the throne of Scot­land – got worse af­ter Len­nox mar­ried Lady Mar­garet Dou­glas, the daugh­ter of Henry VIII’s sis­ter Mar­garet Tu­dor who was the wife of King James IV, killed at Flod­den in 1513.

To the Re­gent and his coun­cil,

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