244 THE GOLD OF FAIRNILEE.
He had been slain at Flodden, fighting for the king. An arrow had gone through his brain, and he had fallen beside James IV., with many another brave knight, all the best of Scotland, the Flowers of the Forest.
What was it Randal saw, when he thought he met his father in the twilight, three days before ?
He never knew. His mother said he must have dreamed it all.
The old nurse used to gossip about it to the maids. "He's an unco' bairn, oor Randal; I wush he may na be fey."
She meant that Randal was a strange child, and that strange things would happen to him.