The treaty dissolved, the new supply being come out of Denmark, Sir Alexander Leslie being made governor, he resolved for the credit of his countrymen, to make an out-fall upon the enemy, and desirous to confer the credit on his own nation alone, being his first essay in that city. And therefore made choice of Spynie's regiment, being their first service, to make the out-fall, ordaining Captain Mac-Kenyee, with the remainder of our regiment, in the Lieutenant Colonel his absence, to second them, for making good of their retreat.
My Lord Spynie being present with his regiment, consisting of brave and valourous officers, being all worthy cavaliers of noble descent, and of good families, having action, valour, and breeding answerable to their charges, they were desirous to gain honour and credit against a powerful enemy, with whom they were to be engaged; they went on with boldness and confident resolution, and falling into the enemies' works, they forced the enemy to retire, and to give ground, even to the body of their army: And delighting in the shedding of their enemies' blood, who had shed so much of their country's blood before, they pursued them hard, following them unto their main reserve or battle, where they seized on their cannon: but the enemy being too strong, and his forces still augmenting, they were made to retire with the loss of some brave cavaliers, especially the loss of Sir John Hume of Aiton, the first Captain of the regiment, who, after many bloody wounds received, was taken prisoner, being a brave resolute cavalier, of good carriage and moderation in all his actions, who after died of his wounds with the enemy, being a prisoner long, and was much lamented of all that knew him.
Here also was killed the valourous Captain Mac-Donald, who in valour succeeded his worthy predecessors; for with his own hands, as is credibly reported, he killed with his sword five of his enemies, before he was killed himself. Divers also of these officers were hurt, as Capt. Lundesey of Bainsho, who received three dangerous wounds, Lieutenant Pringle, who was hurt also, and divers more, they being made to retire, their powder being spent, to make their retreat good, falls up Captain Mac-Kenyee with the old Scottish blades of our regiment, to suppress the enemies' fury, they keeping faces to their enemies, while their comrades were retiring, the service went on afresh, where Lieutenant Seaton his company alone led by Lieutenant Lumsdell (in absence of their own officers, being then all under cure) there was lost of Seatons company above thirty valourous soldiers and the Lieutenant seeing Colonel Holke retiring, desired him to stay a little, and to see if the Scots could stand and fight or not. The Colonel perceiving him to jeer, shook his head, and went away: in the end Captain Mac-Kenyee retired softly from his enemy, keeping faces towards them with credit, till he was safe within works. And then made ready for his march towards Wolgast, to find his Majesty of Denmark.
The nineteenth Observation.
Here we see, that when his Majesty of Denmark did quit the protection of Stralsund unto his Majesty of Sweden, Sir Alexander Lesly being made governor, following the example of Justinian the Emperor, to put his authority in practice, he commanded out a party, and was obeyed by those he commanded: which should encourage all brave cavaliers to serve well and faithfully, where they serve, without spot or blemish, that in the end they may expect so great a reward, from so great a master, as we see here bestowed for valour and fidelity upon our countryman, being trusted with such a charge on a frontier garrison, though a stranger, before his Majesty's own countrymen; where he again following the example of Alexander the Great, who caused a combat to be fought with one of Darius' captains, before the army should fight, and his captain returning victorious, he (I say) took that as a good presage of his future fortune, in beating of Darius his army. Tacitus saith also, that the Germans were wont to fight, and try their valour, first after this manner, by parties, for presages of greater service to follow. And we find, that the valorous General Scanderbeg, King of Epirus, did fight many combats himself, for to give good presages of future victories, whose fortune was till his death to be ever victorious. The like fortune I heartily wish to this noble and worthy cavalier, happy already and blest in bringing honour to his country, being in all his time, beyond apprehension, happily excellent.
To conclude then this observation, here we may see the benefit of good order, where those that were in great danger, are happily preserved by the goodness of good order and discipline, and by the timely succours of their valourous comrades, taking the enemies' blows and shots in their own bosoms, to rescue their friends from danger, to the great praise of that noble spark, Captain Mac-Kenyee, being full of worth, as the purest oriental diamond, shining amongst the greatest stones, who did scorn to turn face from his enemies, but retired orderly, offending his enemy in defending his friends, till both he and they were returned with credit, though with loss: for where order is kept, as in this retreat was done by that noble spark, all things flourish and thrive, and I wish from my heart, he had followed his profession; for though he be honourable enough, as he is, none can blame me for wishing him better, he having once commanded me, and shall still while I live.