Here lies Edward I, the Hammer of the Scots. Keep troth.

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kostasdhm

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Greece, Greek
Can someone please explain the meaning of "keep troth" in the following sentence (inscribed on King Edward I tomb):

Here lies Edward I, the Hammer of the Scots. Keep troth.

I suspect one might translate it in popular slang as:

Here lies Edward I, the Hammer of the Scots. Respect.
 
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    According to Wikipedia, the inscription on the tomb is in Latin, "pactum serva", meaning "keep the vow", and may refer to a vow to avenge the rebellion of the Scottish leader Robert Bruce. Troth-loyalty,fidelity, as in "I pledge my troth".
     
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