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• The wilder'd traveller sees her glide,
“ Glencairn and stout Parkhead? were nigh, And hears her feeble voice with awe
Obsequious at their Regent's rein, * Revenge,' she cries, on Murray's pride!
And haggard Lindesay’s iron eye, And woe for injured Bothwellhaugh!'”
That saw fair Mary weep in vain.
I See Appendix, Note D.
tive in the murder of David Rizzio, and at least privy to that ? Selle-Saddle. A word used by Spenser, and other an
of Darnley. cient authors.
6 See Appendix, Note G.
7 Ibid, Note H. 8 See Appendix, Note I.
9 Ibid, Note K. 8 See Appendix, Note E.
4 Ibid, Note F.
10 An oak, half-sawn, with the motto through, is an anciert 6 of this noted person, it is enough to say, that he was ac- cognizance of the family of Hamilton.
For the loud bugle, pealing high,
Lo! high-born Beauty rules the stood,
Or graceful guides the silken rein.
And long may Peace and Pleasure own
The maids who list the minstrel's tale; For Chiefs, intent on bloody deed,
Nor e'er a ruder guest be known And Vengeance shouting o'er the slain,
On the fair banks of Evandale !
“Scott spent the Christmas of 1801 at Hamilton Palace, his · Pleasures of Hope.' Among the most eager to welcomo in Lanarkshire. To Lady Anne Hamilton he had been intro- him had been Scott; and I find the brother-bard thus expressduced by her friend, Lady Charlotte Campbell, and both the ing himself concerning the MS. of Cadyow:late and the present Dukes of Hamilton appear to have par- “ • The verses of Cadyow Castle are perpetually ringing in taken of Lady Anne's admiration for Glenfinlas, and the Eve my imaginationof St. John. A morning's ramble to the majestic ruins of the old baronial castle on the precipitous banks of the Evan, and
Where, mightiest of the beasts of chase
That roam in woody Caledon, among the adjoining remains of the primeval Caledonian forest, suggested to him a ballad, not inferior in execution to
Crashing the forest in his race, any that he had hitherto produced, and especially interesting
The mountain bull comes thundering onas the first in which he grapples with the world of picturesque and the arrival of Hamilton, when incident unfolded in the authentic annals of Scotland. With the magnificent localities before him, he skilfully interwove
* Reeking from the recent deed, the daring assassination of the Regent Murray by one of the
He dash'd his carbine on the ground.' clansmen of “the princely Hamilton.” Had the subject been taken up in after years, we might have had another Marmion I have repeated these lines so often on the North Bridge, that or Heart of Mid-Lothian; for in Cadyow Castle we have the whole fraternity of coachmen know me by tongue as I the materials and outline of more than one of the noblest pass. To be sure, to a mind in sober, serious street-walking ballads.
humour, it must bear an appearance of lunacy when ono “About two years before this piece began to be handed about stamps with the hurried pace and fervent shake of the head, ir. Edinburgh, Thomas Campbell had made his appearance which strong, pithy poetry excites.'"-Life of Scott, vol. üi. p. there, and at once seized a high place in the literary world by 77.
distinguished part during the troubles of Queen Mary's reign,
and remained unalterably attached to the cause of that un-sound the pryse !--P. 597.
fortunate princess. He led the van of her army at the fatal
battle of Langside, and was one of the commanders at the Pryse-The note blown at the death of the game.- In Ca- Raid of Stirling, which had so nearly given complete success ledonia olim frequens erat sylvestris quidam bos, nunc vero to the Queen's faction. He was ancestor of the present Marrarior, qui, colore candidissimo, fubam densam et demissam quis of Abercorn. instar leonis gestat, truculentus ac ferus ab humano genere abhorrens, ut quæcunque homines vel manibus contrectarint, vel halitu perflaverint, ab iis multos post dies omnino abstinuerunt. Ad hoc tanta audacia huic bovi indita erat, ut non solum irritatus equites furenter prosterneret, sed ne tantillum lacessitus
NOTE C. omnes promiscue homines cornibus ac ungulis peterit; ac canum, qui apud nos ferocissimi sunt, impetus plane contemneret.
Woodhouselee.-P. 597. Ejus carnes cartilaginosa, sed saporis suavissimi. Erat is olim per illam vastissimam Caledoniæ sylvam frequens, sed hu
This barony, stretching along the banks of the Esk, near mana ingluvie jam assumptus tribus tantum locis est reliquus, Auchendinny, belonged to Bothwellhaugh, in right of his Strivilingii, Cumbernaldia, et Kincarniæ.-LESLÆUS, Scotiæ wife. The ruins of the mansion, from whence she was expelled Descriptio, p. 13.—[See a note on Castle Dangerous, Waverley in the brutal manner which occasioned her death, are still to Novels, vol. xlvii.--Ed.]
be seen in a hollow glen beside the river. Popular report tenants them with the restless ghost of the Lady Both wellhaugh; whom, however, it confounds with Lady Anne Bothwell, whose Lament is so popular. This spectre is so tena
cious of her rights, that, a part of the stones of the ancient NOTE B.
edifice having been employed in building or repairing the pre
sent Woodhouselee, she has deemed it a part of her privilego Stern Claud replied.-P. 597
to haunt that house also; and, even of very late years, has
excited considerable disturbance and terror among the doLord Claud Hamilton, second son of the Duke of Chatel-mestics. This is a more remarkable vindication of the herault, and commendator of the Abbey of Paisley, acted a rights of ghosts, as the present Woodhouslee, which gives liis
title to the Honourable Alexander Fraser Tytler, a senator of side, says, “ In this batayle the valiancie of an Heiland gentle the College of Justice, is situated on the slope of the Pentland man, named Macfarlane, stood the Regent's part in great hills, distant at least four miles from her proper abode. She steede ; for, in the hottest brunte of the fighte, he came up always appears in white, and with her child in her arms. with two hundred of his friendes and countrymen, and 80
manfully gave in upon the flankes of the Queen's people, that he was a great cause of the disordering of them. This Macfarlane had been lately before, as I have heard, condemned to die, for some outrage by him committed, and obtayning pardon through suyte of the Countess of Murray, he recompensed
that clemencie by this piece of service now at this batayle." Note D.
Calderwood's account is less favourable to the Macfarlanes. Drives to the leap his jaded steed.-P. 598.
He states that “Macfarlane, with his Highlandmen, tied
from the wing where they were set. The Lord Lindsay, who Birrel informs us, that Bothwellhaugh, being closely pur. stood nearest to them in the Regent's battle, said, 'Let them sued, " after that spur and wand had failed him, he drew go! I shall fill their place better:' and so, stepping forward, forth his dagger, and strocke his horse behind, whilk caused the with a company of fresh men, charged the enemy, whose horse to leap a very brode stanke [i. e. ditch,] by whilk means spears were now spent, with long weapons, so that they were he escapit, and gat away from all the rest of the horses."- driven back by force, being before almost overthrown by the BIRREL's Diary, p. 18.
avaunt-guard and harquebusiers, and so were turned to fiight." -CALDERWOOD's MS. apud KEITH, p. 480. Melville mentions the flight of the vanguard, but states it to have been commanded by Morton, and composed chiefly of commoners of the barony of Renfrew,
Glencairn and stout Parkhead were nigh.-P. 598.
“So having stablischt all thing in this sort,
To Liddisdaill agane he did resort,
Scottish Poems, 16th century, p. 232.
haggard Lindesay's iron eye,
Lord Lindsay, of the Byres, was the most ferccious and brutal of the Regent's faction, and, as such, was employed to
extort Mary's signature to the deed of resignation presented NOTE F.
to her in Lochleven castle. He discharged his commission
with the most savage rigour; and it is even said, that when With hackbut bent.-P. 598.
the weeping captive, in the act of signing, averted her eyes
from the fatal deed, he pinched her arin with the grasp of his Hackbut bent-Gun cock'd. The carbine, with which the iron glove. Regent was shot, is preserved at Hamilton Palace. It is a brass piece, of a middling length, very small in the boze, and, what is rather extraordinary, appears to have been rified or indented in the barrel. It had a matchlock, for which a modern firelock has been injudiciously substituted.
So close the minions crowded nigh.— P. 398.
upon his life, but even of the very house from which it was NOTE G.
threatened. With that infatuation at which men wonder,
after such events have happened, he deemed it would be a sufThe wild Macfarlanes' plaided clan.--P. 598.
ficient precaution to ride briskly past the dangerous spot.
But even this was prevented by the crowd: so that BothwellThis clan of Lennox Highlanders were attached to the haugh had time to take a deliberate aim.--SportisWOODE, P. Regent Murray. Hollinshed, speaking of the battle of Lang- 233. BiCHAXAN,
The Gray Brother.
The imperfect state of this ballad, which was writ- | upon their minds the gloom of superstition, so general ten several years ago, is
a circumstance affected in that age. for the purpose of giving it that peculiar interest “ About the same time he (Peden) came to Anwhich is often found to arise from ungratified curiosity. drew Normand's house, in the parish of Alloway, in On the contrary, it was the Editor's intention to have the shire of Ayr, being to preach at night in his barn. completed the tale, if he had found himself able to After he came in, he halted a little, leaning upon a succeed to his own satisfaction. Yielding to the opi-chair-back, with his face covered ; when he lifted up nion of persons, whose judgment, if not biassed by his head, he said, “ They are in this house that I have the partiality of friendship, is entitled to deference, he not one word of salvation unto;' he halted a little again, has preferred inserting these verses as a fragment, to saying, “This is strange, that the devil will not go out, his intention of entirely suppressing them.
that we may begin our work !' Then there was a The tradition, upon which the tale is founded, re- woman went out, ill-looked upon almost all her life, and gards a house upon the barony of Gilmerton, near Lass- to her dying hour, for a witch, with many presumptions wade, in Mid-Lothian. This building, now called Gil- of the same. It escaped me, in the former passages, merton Grange, was originally named Burndale, from what John Muirhead (whom I have often mentioned) the following tragic adventure. The barony of Gil- told me, that when he came from Ireland to Galloway, merton belonged, of yore, to a gentleman named he was at family-worship, and giving some notes upon Heron, who had one beautiful daughter. This young the Scripture read, when a very ill-looking man came, lady was seduced by the Abbot of Newbattle, a richly and sat down within the door, at the back of the endowed abbey, upon the banks of the South Esk, now hallan, (partition of the cottage :) immediately he a seat of the Marquis of Lothian. Heron came to the halted and said, “ There is some unhappy body just knowledge of this circumstance, and learned also, now come into this house. I charge him to go out, that the lovers carried on their guilty intercourse by and not stop my mouth !' This person went out, and the connivance of the lady's nurse, who lived at this he insisted (went on,] yet he saw him neither come in house of Gilmerton Grange, or Burndale. He formed nor go out.”—The Life and Prophecies of Mr. Alexa resolution of bloody vengeance, undeterred by the ander Ped n, late Minister of the Gospel at New Glensupposed sanctity of the clerical character, or by the luce, in Galloway, part ii. & 26. stronger claims of natural affection. Choosing, there- A friendly correspondent remarks, " that the infore, a dark and windy night, when the objects of his capacity of proceeding in the performance of a relivengeance were engaged in a stolen interview, he set gious duty, when a contaminated person is present,
is fire to a stack of dried thorns, and other combustibles, of much higher antiquity than the era of the Revewhich he had caused to be piled against the house, rend Mr. Alexander Peden.”—Vide Ilygini Fabulus, and reduced to a pile of glowing ashes the dwelling, cap. 26. “ Medea Corintho exul, Athcnas, ad Ægeuin with all its inmates.
Pandionis filium devenit in hospitium, eique nupsit. ' The scene with which the ballad opens, was sug
“ Postea sacerdos Diana Medeam exagitare gested by the following curious passage, extracted cæpit, regipe negabat sacra caste facere posse, eo quod from the Life of Alexander Peden, one of the wan-I in ea civitate esset mulier venefica et scelerata; tunc exudering and persecuted teachers of the sect of Camero- latur.” nians, during the reign of Charles II. and his successor, James. This person was supposed by his followers, and, perhaps, really believed himself, to be pos
THE GRAY BROTHER. Bessed of supernatural gifts ; for the wild scenes which they frequented, and the constant dangers which The Pope he was saying the bigh, high mass, were incurred through their proscription, deepened All on Saint Peter's day,
1 This tradition was communicated to me by John Clerk, of Britain to concentrate her thunders, and to launch them Esq of Eldin, author of an Essay upon Naral Tactics, who against her foes with an unerring aim, will be remembered by posterity, as having taught the Genius