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Full three nights ago, by some secret foe;
“ Alas! away, away !” she cried, That gay gallant was slain.
“ For the holy Virgin's sake!"
“ Lady, I know who sleeps by thy side; “ The varying light deceived thy sight,
But, lady, he will not awake.
In bloody grave have I lain;
The mass and the death-prayer are said for me,
But, lady, they are said in vain.
“ By the Baron's brand, near Tweed's fair Tothebartizan-seat, where, with maids thaton her wait, strand, He found his lady fair.
Most foully slain, I fell;
And my restless sprite on the beacon's height,
For a space is doom'd to dwell.
I must wander to and fro;
But I had not had power to come to thy bower “ Now hail, now hail, thou lady bright!"
Had'st thou not conjured me so.”-
“ How, Richard, hast thou sped !
And art thou saved, or art thou lost ?"“ The Ancram Moor is red with gore,
The vision shook his head !
“ Who spilleth life, shall forfeit life; To watch our beacons well.”—
So bid thy lord believe:
That lawless love is guilt above,
This awful sign receive."
His right upon her hand;
The lady shrunk, and fainting sunk, In sleep the lady mourn'd, and the Baron toss'd and For it scorch'd like a fiery brand.
turn’d, And oft to himself he said,
The sable score, of fingers four, “ The worms around him creep, and his bloody grave
Remains on that board impress'd; is deep...
And for evermore that lady wore It cannot give up the dead!"
A covering on her wrist.
i Mertoun is the beautiful seat of Lord Polwarth.
tery was never touched with more thrilling skill than in that 2 Trysting-place-Place of rendezvous.
noble ballad. It is the first of his original pieces, too, in 3 See Appendix, Note B.
which he uses the measure of his own favourite Minstrels; a The next of these compositions was, I believe, the Eve of measure which the monotony of mediocrity had long and sur St. John, in which Scott repeoples the tower of Smailholm, cessfully been labouring to degrade, but in itself adequate to the awe-inspiring haunt of his infancy; and here he touches, the expression of the highest thoughts, as well as the gentles for the first time, the one superstition which can still be ap- emotions; and capable, in fit hands, of as rich a variety of pealed to with full and perfect effect; the only one which music as any other of modern times. This was written at lingers in minds long since wcaped from all sympathy with Merroun-house in the autumn of 1799.”— Life of Scotl, vol. the machinery of witches and goblins. And surely this mys- p. 26. Sce anlı, p. 566.
BATTLE OF ANCRAM MOOR.
warrior (to whose conduct Pitscottie and Buchanan ascribe
the success of the engagement), Angus withdrew from the 1.-P. 592.
height which he occupied, and drew up his forces behind it,
upon a piece of low flat ground, called Panier-heugh, or Lord Evers, and Sir Brian Latoun, during the year 1544, Paniel-heugh. The 'spare horses being sent to an eminence committed the most dreadful ravages upon the Scottish fron
in their rear, appeared to the English to be the main body of tiers, compelling most of the inhabitants, and especially the
the Scots in the act of flight. Under this persuasion, Evers men of Liddesdale, to take assurance under the King of Eng- and Latoun hurried precipitately forward, and having asJand. Upon the 17th November, in that year, the sum total cended the hill, which their foes had abandoned, were no less of their depredations stood thus, in the bloody ledger of Lord dismayed than astonished to find the phalanx of Scottish Evers :
spearmen drawn up, in firm array upon the fiat ground be
low. The Scots in their turn became the assailants. A heron, Towns, towers, barnekynes, paryshe churches, bastill
roused from the marshes by the tumult, soared away betwurt houses, burned and destroyed,
the encountering armies: “O!" exclaimed Angus, “that I Scots slain,
had here my white gors-hawk, that we might all yoke at Prisoners taken,
once!"—Godscroft. The English, breathless and fatigued, Nolt (cattle),
having the setting sun and wind full in their faces, were unShepe,
able to withstand the resolute and desperate charge of the Nags and geldings,
Scottish lances. No sooner had they begun to waver, than Gayt, .
their own allies, the assured Borderers, who had been waiting Boils of corn,
the event, threw aside their red crosses, and, joining their Insight gear, &c. (furniture) an incalculable quantity.
countrymen, made a most merciless slaughter among the MURDIN's State Papers, vol. i. p. 51.
English fugitives, the pursuers calling upon each other to For these services Sir Ralph Evers was made a Lord of Par- “remember Broom house!"-LESLEY, p. 478. liament. See a strain of exulting congratulation upon his In the battle fell Lord Evers, and his son, together with Sir promotion poured forth by some contemporary minstrel, in Brian Latoun, and 806) Englishmen, many of whom were pervol. i. p. 417.
sons of rank. A thousand prisoners were taken. Among The King of England had promised to these two barons a these was a patriotic alderman of London, Read by name, feudal grant of the country, which they had thus reduced to who, having contumaciously refused to pay his portion of a a desert; upon hearing which, Archibald Douglas, the seventh benevolence, demanded from the city by Henry VIII., Fas Earl of Angus, is said to have sworn to write the deed of in- sent by royal authority to serve against the Scots. These, at vestiture upon their skins, with sharp pens and bloody ink, in settling his ransom, he found still more exorbitant in their resentment for their having defaced the tombs of his ances- exactions than the monarch.- REDPATH's Border History, tors at Melrose. ---Godscroft. In 1545, Lord Evers and Latoun p. 563. again entered Scotland, with an army consisting of 3000 mer- Evers was much regretted by King Henry, who swore to cenaries, 1500 English Borderers, and 700 assured Scottish arenge his death upon Angus, against whom he conceived men, chiefly Armstrongs, Turnbulls, and other broken clans. himself to have particular grounds of resentment, on account In this second incursion, the English generals eren exceeded of favours received by the earl at his hands. The answer of their former cruelty. Evers burned the tower of Broomhouse, Angus was worthy of a Douglas: "Is our brother-in-law of with its lady, (a noble and aged woman, says Lesley) and her fended, "9 said he, “that I, as a good Scotsman, have avenged whole family. The English penetrated as far as Melrose, my ravaged country, and the defaced tombs of my ancestors, which they had destroyed last year, and which they now upon Ralph Evers? They were better men than he, and I again pillaged. As they returned towards Jedburgh, they was bound to do no less-and will he take my life for that? were followed by Angus at the head of 1000 horse, who was Little knows King Henry the skirts of Kimetable :3 I can shortly after joined by the famous Norman Lesley, with a keep myself there against all his English host.—GODSCROFT. body of Fife-men. The English, being probably unwilling to Such was the noted battle of Ancram Moor. The spot, on cross the Toviot while the Scots hung uvon their rear, halted which it was fought, is called Lilyard's Edge, from an Amaupon Ancram Moor, above the village of that name; and the zonian Scottish woman of that name, who is reported, by traScottish general was deliberating whether to advance or re- dition, to have distinguished herself in the same manner as tire, when Sir Walter Scott, 1 of Buccleuch, came up at full Squire Witherington. The old people point out her monuspeed with a small but chosen body of his retainers, the rest ment, now broken and defaced. The inscription is said to of whom were near at hand. By the advice of this experienced have been legible within this century, and to have run thus:
1 The Editor has found no instance upon record, of this Buccleuch had a long account to settle at Ancram Voor.family having taken assurance with England. Hence, they Murdin's State Papers, pp. 45, 46, usually suffered dreadfully from the English forays. In August 1544, (the year preceding the battle, the whole lands belong- 2 Angus had married the widow of James IV., sister to ing to Buccleuch, in West Teviotdale, were harried by Evers; King Henry VIII. the outworks, or barmkin, of the tower of Branxholm burned; eight Scotts slain, thirty made prisoners, and an immense 3 Kirnetable, now called Cairntable, is a mountainous tract prey of horses, cattle, and sheep, carried off. The lands upon at the head of Douglasdale. (See Notes to Castle Dangerous Kale Water, belonging to the samo chieftain, were also Waverley Novels, vol. xlvii.] plundered, and much spoil obtained; 30 Scotts slain, and the Moss Tower (a fortress near Eckford) smoked very sore. Thus 4 Sec Chevy Chase
* Fair maiden Lylliard lies under this stane,
female wanderer took up ber residence in a dark vault, among Little was her stature, but great was her fame;
the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, which, during the day, she Upon the English louns she laid mony thumps,
never quitted. When night fell, she issued from this miseraAnd, when her legs wero cutted off, she fought upon her ble habitation, and went to the house of Mr. Haliburton of stumps."
Newmains, the Editor's great-grandfather, or to that of Mr. Vide Account of the Parish of Derose. Erskine of Sheilfield, two gentlemen of the neighbourhood.
From their charity, she obtained such necessaries as she could It appears, from a passage in Stowe, that an ancestor of be prevailed upon to accept. At twelve, each night, she Lord Evers held also a grant of Scottish lands from an Eng-lighted her candle, and returned to her vault, assuring her Lish monarch. “ I have seen,” says the historian, “under friendly neighbours, that, during her absence, her habitation the broad-seale of the said King Edward I., a manor, called
was arranged by a spirit, to whom she gave the uncouth name Ketnes, in the county of Forfare, in Scotland, and neere the of Fatlips ; describing him as a little man, wearing heavy iron furthest part of the same nation northward, given to John shoes, with which he trampled the clay floor of the vault, to Ure and his heires, ancestor to the Lord Ure, that now is, for dispel the damps. This circumstance caused her to be rehis service done in these partes, with market, &c. dated at garded, by the well-informed, with compassion, as deranged Lanercost, the 20th day of October, anno regis, 34."-STOwe's in her understanding; and by the vulgar, with some degree of Annals, p. 210. This grant, like that of Henry, must have terror. The cause of her adopting this extraordinary mode of been dangerous to the receiver.
life she would never explain. It was, however, believed to have been occasioned by a vow, that, during the absence of a man to whom she was attached, she would never look upon the
sun. Her lover never returned. He fell during the civil war NOTE B.
of 1745-6, and she never more would behold the light of day.
The vault, or rather dungeon, in which this unfortunate That nun ucho ne'er bcholds the day.-P. 593.
woman lived and died, passes still by the name of the super
natural being, with which its gloom was tenanted by her disThe circumstance of the nun, “who never saw the day,” is turbed imagination, and few of the neighbouring peasants not entirely imaginary. About fifty years ago, an unfortunate dare enter it by night.—1803.
Cad yow Castle.
The ruins of Cadyow, or Cadzow Castle, the an- | their ferocity occasioned their being extirpated, about cient baronial residence of the family of Hamilton, forty years ago. Their appearance was beautiful, are situated upon the precipitous banks of the river being milk-white, with black muzzles, horns, and Evan, about two miles above its jurction with the hoofs. The bulls are described by ancient authors as Clyde. It was dismantled, in the conclusion of the having white manes ; but those of latter days had Civil Wars, during the reign of the unfortunate Mary, lost that peculiarity, perhaps by intermixture with to whose cause the house of Hamilton devoted them- the tame breed.? selves with a generous zeal, which occasioned their In detailing the death of the Regent Murray, which temporary obscurity, and, very nearly, their total is made the subject of the following ballad, it would ruin. The situation of the ruins, embosomed in wood, be injustice to my reader to use other words than darkened by ivy and creeping shrubs, and overhanging those of Dr. Robertson, whose account of that methe brawling torrent, is romantic in the highest de- morable event forms a beautiful piece of historical gree. In the immediate vicinity of Cadyow is a grove painting. of immense oaks, the remains of the Caledonian Fo- “ Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh was the person who rest, which anciently extended through the south of committed this barbarous action. He had been conScotland, from the eastern to the Atlantic Ocean. demned to death soon after the battle of Langside, as Some of these trees measure twenty-five feet, and we have already related, and owed his life to the Reupwards, in circumference; and the state of decay, gent's clemency. But part of his estate had been in which they now appear, shows that they have wit- bestowed upon one of the Regent's favourites,3 who nessed the rites of the Druids. The whole scenery is seized his house, and turned out his wife, naked, in a included in the magnificent and extensive park of the cold night, into the open fields, where, before next Duke of Hamilton. There was long preserved in this morning, she became furiously mad. This injury forest the breed of the Scottish wild cattle, until made a deeper impression on him than the benefit be
1 The breed had not been entirely extirpated. There rc- are still to be seen at Chillingham Castle, in Northumberland. mained certainly a magnificent herd of these cattle in Cadyow For their nature and ferocity, see Notes. Forest within these few years. 1833.- ED.
3 This was Sir James Bellenden, Lord Justice-Clerk, whoso
shameful and inbuman rapacity occasioned the catastrophe % They were formerly kept in the park at Drumlanrig, and in the text.--SrottISWOODE.