By the time it began the freebooters had grown into princes.
David owed his success to his troop of freebooters (i Sam.
From this time to nearly the close of the 16th century the burgh was exposed to frequent raids, both from freebooters on the English side and from partisans of the turbulent chiefsDouglases, Maxwells, Johnstones.
attacked and captured Curzola and stormed the piratical stronghold of Lagosta, crushing the freebooters in their citadel.
This act called forth a protest from the 15th Lord Derby (now secretary of state for the colonies), stating that he could not recognize the right of Boer freebooters to set up governments of their own on the Transvaal borders.