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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 17  1878  page 46a
SCOTNEY CASTLE By Edward Hussey

the knees, for by reason of the darkness they kept the highway. [It is said, as from himself, that in the morning, meeting a maid with a pail of milk, he begged a draught, and she answered that he should first wash his dirty face.*] And not late in the morning they got to the house of a Catholic gentleman, where the Father lay sick three weeks, having the best care that the place could afford him. But his legs and his feet being inflamed, and growing very ill, he was removed to London, where Dr. Foster being his chirurgeon, he hardly escaped death, and ever after he had aches in his thighs from the cold taken in the stone wall.
   The next morning, having found the place which the Father had shut after him, they went and got a bloodhound, which (as one of the Culpepers is said to have affirmed) could by no means be brought to follow the scent. 
   I thought it not amiss to mention an accident that happened at this time to a Protestant plough-boy belonging to the house, which accident by God's Providence was in cause the gentleman saved his land. This boy being frighten that morning they entered the house, ran into the barn, and hid himself in the straw, and there remained without meat or drink all that four or five days. But being extremely hungry, he came creeping out to see if he could get any meat. Just at that time they were dragging the moat for the priest, and being espied, they cried, "The priest, the priest," and then pursued him to the barn again, where he lay close until they pricked him out with prongs. This story the gentleman had notice of, and when he was called before the Council table, and it was laid to his charge how he harboured a priest which escaped, he made his case so good by telling their Lordships the priest escaped was no other than a frighted plough-boy, and so told them the story (the Pursuivants not denying it) of the boy. They presently without any more ado acquitted him.
The strange death of Henberry, the servant who betrayed his former master, was holden of all (and yet fresh in memory at Lamberhurst within which parish Scotney stands), a just punishment for his perfidious villainy. God visited this Henberry with a strange loathsome disease, and so loathsome it was that they made means he might be removed to London to a hospital, but they of the hospital, not being able to endure the loathsomeness, sent him back to Lamberhurst, where he lay awhile, but so that no man was able to come near him, and in the end died, his limbs rotting and falling from him, whose death was, by the estimation of all, a just judgement of God.

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