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That nane or few is

That are left oucht.

Bot1 commoun taking of blak mail,

They that had flesche, and breid and aill,

Now are sae wrakit,

Made bair and nakit,

Fane to be slakit

With watter caill.2

Thay theifis that steillis and tursis3 hame,
Ilk ane o' them has ane to-name ;*
Will of the Lawis,

Hab of the Schawis:
To mak bar wawis 5
Thay think nae schame.

Thay spuilye puir men of their pakis,"
Thay leif them nocht on bed nor bakis :
Baith hen and cok,

With reil and rok,9

1 But; besides. Broth of vegetables.- Pack up and carry off. Owing to the Marchmen being divided into large clans, bearing the same sirname, individuals were usually distinguished by some epithet derived from their place of residence, personal qualities, or descent. Thus every distinguished moss-trooper had what is here called, a to-name, or nom de guerre, in addition to his family name.-5 Bare walls. Despoil.- Pack, or wallet. Bread. Both the spinning instrument and the yarn.


The Lairdis Jok,

All with him takis.

They leif not spindell, spoone, nor speit ;1

Bed, boster, blanket, sark,2 nor scheit;
Johne of the Parke

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He is weil kend, John of the Syde;

A greater theif did never ryde.
He never tyris

For to brek byris ;5

Ouir muir and myris

Ouir guide ane gyde.

Thair is ane callet Clement's Hob,

Fra ilk puir wyfe reifis the wob,6
And all the lave,

Quhatever they haife,

The devil recaive

Thairfoir his gob."

To sic grit stouth quha eir wald trow it,
Bot gif some great man it allowit ?

1 Spit.-' Shirt.-3 Searches. Both clothes and meal-chests. 5 Cow-houses. Steals the web of cloth.


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Of sum great men they have sic gait,

That redy are thame to debait,

And will up weir

Thair stolen geir,

That nane dare steir

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Of stouth thocht now thay come gude speid,

That nother of men nor God has dreid,

Yet, or I dee,

Sum sall thame see,

Hing on a tree

Quhill thay be deid—

Quo' Sir R. M. of Lethington, knicht.

1 Ruth-a pity. Early.







A. D. 1529.

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The battle of Melrose (see Introduction, p. 114) occasioned a deadly feud betwixt the names of Scott and Ker. lowing indenture was designed to reconcile their quarrel. But the alliance, if it ever took effect, was not of long duration; for the feud again broke out about 1553, when Sir Walter Scott was slain by the Kers in the streets of Edinburgh.

"Thir indentures, made at Ancrum the 16th of March, 1529 years, contains, purports, and bears leil and suithfast witnessing, That it is appointed, agreed, and finally accorded, betwixt honourable men, that is

to say, Walter Ker of Cessford, Andrew Ker of Fairnieherst, Mark Ker of Dolphinston, George Ker, tutor of Cessford, and Andrew Ker of Primesideloch, for themselves, kin, friends, mentenants, assisters, allies, adherents, and partakers, on the one part; and Walter Scot of Branxholm, knight, Robert Scot of Allanhaugh, Robert Scot, tutor of Howpaisly, John Scot of Roberton, and Walter Scot of Stirkshaws, for themselves, their kin, friends, mentenants, servants, assisters, and adherents, on the other part; in manner, form, and effect, as after follows: For staunching all "discord and variance betwixt them, and for furthbearing of the king's authority, and punishing trespasses, and for amending all slaughters, heritages, and steedings, and all other pleas concerning thereto, either of these parties to others, and for unitie, friendship, and concord, to be had in time coming, 'twixt them, of our sovereign lord's special command: that is to say, either of the said parties, be the tenor hereof, remits and forgives to others the rancour, hatred, and malice of their hearts; and the said Walter Scot of Branxholm shall gang, or cause gang, at the will of the party, to the four head pilgrimages of Scotland,1 and shall say a mass for the souls of umquhile Andrew Ker of Cessford, and them that were slain in his company, in the field of Melrose; and, upon his expense, shall cause a chaplain say a mass daily, when he is disposed, in what

1 These pilgrimages were Scone, Dundee, Paisley, and Melrose.

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