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the *Seige of Berwick, that the King gave that gfdwnew disgust to Lancaster, and the other Lords, which made them depart from the Field, and renewed those Discontents, which the Year following, brake out into fresh Troubles. How far our Lord Thomas was concerned, at the beginning of these Disorders, I cannot say; but having no where found his Name among those who then took up Arms, I am inclined to think that either he was not at all concern'd in them; or that If he was, he took part with the King against the Barons.
But howsoever he behaved himself at first, certain it is, that when the King persisted in his Obstinacy, So that the 5Queen and Prince forsook him, Thomas Lord Wake came into the Barons with Them; 6and was by the Queen upon her taking up the Administration of the Go
. vernment, made Justice of all the Forrests
South of Trent, and Constable of the Tower of London.
King Edward the second, in the Consequence Km“ of these troubles, being first deposed, and then 31'murder’d, his Son King Edward the 3d. suc
4 Walslngh: ibid. p. 112. 5 Walsing: ibid. p. 124. 6 Baronag: T. l. p. 541. a. G
132-1126"- ceeded in his stead: And Thomas Lord Wake was presently, thereupon, made Governour of the Castle of Hertford, with leave to turn his own Mannor House of Cottingham in Yorkshire, into a Castle also. And this was but a small part of the Honour that was done him, upon this Revolution: 7For if we may credit our late Historians, He was moreover made one of the twelve Governours assign‘d, by Parliament to the King, during his Minority without whose Advice he was to do nothing; and who were every Year to answer in Parliament, for what was done during the time of their Administration. But this Establishment how prudently soever it was design’d, yet prov’d but of little benefit to the Realm: For the Queen, with Mortimer her Minion, managed all, and that to the dishonour, as well as dissatisfaction, of the Nation ; 8as by the Peace concluded with Scotland sufliciently appear’d.
Thomas Earl of Lancaster, having the Misfortune to fall under his last Attempt, in King Edward the seconds time; Henry Father in Law to our Lord Thomas, was now Earl of Lancaster in his Place; and with his Son, gé'Edm Thomas, one of the Governours of the young King. Being enraged at the Queen, and Mor- ' timers proceedings,9 he resolved openly to stand
7 So Daniel p. 218. To: Major, calls him Tho: Vatre: asif his Name had been Waters; but it was doubtless by a Mistake for Wake Hist: fol: cv: a. v
8 Wals'mgham Hist: p. 128.
up against them, and redress those disorders by force of Arms, which by his Advice he could
not prevent; With him Thomas Lord Wake joyn’d. And being summon’d to meet the King
the next Year at his Parliament at Salisbury, Ana-do. they refused to come, the they were both of them in Arms not far from it. By these proceedings they fell, for the present, under the Kings displeasure; who yet by the Mediation
of the Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, was in a little time again reconciled to them.
It happened that the next Year following Are-<10several of the Nobility laid before the King their pretensions to certain Estates in Scotland and desired leave to proceed by Force to the Recovery of them. At the same time Baliol also laid claim before Edward, to the Crown : and they resolved to joyn together for the maintenance of their respective Interests there. Among these Thomas Lord Wake was one; and with the Kings leave, he entered Scotland
9 Walsingham Hist: p. 128.
ISi-‘Edw- with them, and they proceeded with such Success, that in a little time, they lcrown’d Baliol King of that Realm.
He was scarce returned from this Expidition, before he was accused to the King of being privy to the design of Edmund Woodstock, Earl of Kent; and Uncle to King Edward. This unfortunate Prince was by Marriage Brother to our Lord Thomas: and being either really perswaded or pretending so to be, that his Brother King Edward the 2d. was still living, he took up Arms against his Nephew, to restore his Brother to his right, and lost his Head by it. Upon this the 2"King seized his Estate: but being in a little while convinc’d of his Innocence, his Lands were again restored to Him.
Nor did the Kings favour stop here, but in farther Testimony of the Satisfaction he had of his Innocency, He, the next Year, made him 3Governour of the little Isles lying in the Channel on the french Coast. vizf Garnsey, Jersey, Serke and Aureney.
l Knygton Co]: 2560. 2 Baronag: To: 1: p. 541. 3 Ibid An. Edwd. 5th.
Being thus hononr’d by the King, He fail’d 23;: not to lay hold on all Opportunities of expressing 9: Hhis Duty to Him. And therefore the War of Scotland continueing, and the King being resolved to go in Person thither; Our Thomas fail’d not among others to attend upon Him. And when, not long after, a War with France broke out, and was carried on with a more than ordinary Vigour, He was appointed by the King to be Guardian of the Coast of Lincoln- £35" shire, and to secure that Country, from any 18Invasion that should be attempted to be made upon it. He was also, the same Year, by Order
. of Parliament appointed to be one of the Com
missioners of array, for the County of York ;" which was again renew’d the next Year, with very large Power, relating to the Peace of those parts.
And here. I must take Notice of an odd Accident, which happen’d about this time, and in which our Lord Wake was concern’d. The King was absent upon his Affairs abroad, and had in testimony both of his right to the Crown of France, and of his Resolution to pursue it, joyn’d the Arms of fi'rance to those of England.
4 Cotton Abrig: Records P. 23: 25.