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Saying—“Marie Hamilton, where's your babe ?
For I am sure I heard it greet."“O no, O no, my noble Queen!
Think no such thing to be; 'Twas but a stitch into my side,
And sair it troubles me.”_
Get and follow me;
A rich wedding for to see.”-
And slowly put she on;
Wi' mony a weary groan.
Her merry maids all in green; And every town that they cam to,
They took Marie for the Queen. “Ride hooly, hooly, gentlemen,
Ride hooly now wi' me!
Rade in your cumpanie.”—
When she rade on the brown,
And a' to be put down.
Why look ye so on me!
A rich wedding for to see.”
The corks frae her heels did flee;
She was condemn’d to die.
She laughed loud laughters three ;
The tears biinded her ee. “Yestreen the Queen had four Maries,
The night she'll bae but three ; There was Marie Seaton, and Marie Beaton,
And Marie Carmichael, and me.5 "0, often have I dress'd my Queen,
And put gold upon her hair ; But now I've gollen for my
And often made her bed ;
The gallows tree to tread.
When ye sail ower the faem, Let neither my father nor mother get wit,
But that I'm coming hame. “I charge ye all, ve mariners,
That sail upon the sea, Let neither my father nor mother get wit
This dog's death I'm to die.
And my bold brethren three,
This day wad be spilt for me! “O little did my mother ken,
That day she cradled me, The lands I was to travel in,
Or the death I was to die!”
WI' the gold rings in her hair:
And I hope there pe'er will be;
And I'm just like to dee.'
Atween the bowsters and the wa',
What need ye bow ! for me?
Queen Mary has nane to gie.'
Gae forward, that ye may see;
Kinlocu's Version.) 3 The Netherbow port was the gale which divided the city of Edinburgh from the suburb, called the Canongate. It had towers and a spire, which formed a fine termination to the view from the Cross. The gate was pulled down in one of those fils of rage for indiscriminate destruction, with which the magistrales of a corporation are sometimes visited.
4 [At Balfour House, in Fiseshire, there is a full-length portrait of Mary Beaton.-C. K. SHARPE.)
5 The Queen's Maries were four young ladies of the highest families in Scotland, who were sent to France in her train, and returned with her to Scotland. They are mentioned by Knox, in the quotation introductory to this ballad. Keith gives us their names, p. 55. “The young Queen, Mary, embarked at Dunbarton for France,
and with her went. ....., and four young virgins, all of the name of Mary, viz. Livingston, Fle. ming, Seatoun, and Beatoun." The Queen's Maries are mentioned again by the same author, p. 288 and 291, in the note. Neither Mary Livingston, nor Mary Fleming, are mentioned in the ballad; nor are the Mary Hamilion, and Mary Carmichael, of the ballad, mentioned by Keith. But if this corps continued to consist of young virgins, as when originally raised, it could hardly have sube sisted without occasional recruits ; especially if we trust our old bard, and John Knox. The following additional notices of the Queen's Maries occur in MONTEITH's Translation of Buchanan's Epigrams, etc. Page 60. Pomp of the Gods at the Marriage of Queen Mary,
291h July, 1563, a Dialogue.
Were of my quire the glorious digoitie;
And stole away one."----
And noto you glad oracies I sing;
• The Queen seems to be included in this pumber.
THE BONNY HYND.
THE BONNY HYND.
From Mr. HERD's Ms., where the following Note is prefixed to
it—"Copied from the mouth of a milkmaid, 1771, by W. L."
FROM THE MOUTH OF A MILKMAID,
O May she comes, and May she goes,
Down by yon gardens green;
As squire had ever been,
Down by yon hollin tree;
And a brisk young squire was he.
Give me your maidenhead!'
Give me your maidenhead!”
It was originally my intention to have omitted this ballad, on account of the disagreeable nature of the subject. Upon consideration, however, it seemed a fair sample of a certain class of songs and tales, turning upon incidents the most horrible and unnatural, with which the vulgar in Scotland are greatly delighted, and of which they have current amongst them an ample store. Such, indeed, are the subjects of composition in most nations, during the early period of society; when the feelings, rude and callous, can only be affected by the strongest stimuli, and where the mind does not, as in a more refined age, recoil, disgusted, from the means by which interest has been excited. Hence incest, parricide-crimes, in fine, the foulest and most enormous, were the early themes of the Grecian muse. Whether that delicacy, which precludes the modern bard from the choice of such impressive and dreadful themes, be favourable to the higher classes of poetic composition, may perhaps be questioned; but there can be little doubt that the more important cause of virtue and morality is advanced by this exclusion. The knowledge, that enormities are not without precedent, may promote, and even suggest them. Hence, the publication of the Newgale Register has been prohibited by the wisdom of the legislature, having been found to encourage those very crimes of which it recorded the punishment. Hence, too, the wise maxim of the Romans, Facinora ostendi dum puniantur, flagitia autem abscondi debent.
The ballad has a high degree of poetical merit.
Perhaps there may be bairns, kind sir ;
Perhaps there may be nane;
You'll tell me soon your name."-
But new come frae the sea ;
But when I court with thee
Sometimes they call me John ;
Jock Randal is my name."
Juno commands your Maries to be married. stanza in an old Scottish ballad, which, notwithstanding its rude
simplicity, speaks feelingly to the heartP. 62. JUPITER.-" Fire Maries thine :
'Little did my mother think,
That day she cradled me,
What land I was to travel in,
Or what death I should die.' 65. " To Mary Beton, Quan by lot, the day before the coronation." “Old Scotch songs are, you know, a favourite study and par
suit of mine; and now I am on that subject, allow me to give you The Queen's Maries are mentioned in many ballads, and the Iwo stauzas of another old simple ballad, which, I am sure, will Dame seems to bave passed into a general denomination for female please you. The catastrophe of the piece is a poor ruined female, attendants :
Jamenting her fale. She concludes with the pathetic wish"Now bear a band, my Maries a',
o that my father bad ne'er on me smild; Apd busk me brave, and make me ine."
o ibat iny mother had ne'er to me sung ; Old Ballad.
O that my cradle had never been rock'd ;
But that I had died when I was youug! ["The Lament of the Queen's Marie, connected with its tale,
o that the grave it were my bed ; bears so strong a stamp of nature, that we cannot resist quoting
My blankets were my wioding-sbeet ; it; hoping, at the same time, that Mr. Scott will spare no pains to
The clocks and the worms my bed-fellows a'; recover the remainder, if there be any."
And, 0, sae sound as I sbould sleep!'
"I do not remember, in all my reading, to have met with any (The reviewer had then only three stanzas to quote, and these, thing more truly the language of misery, than the exclamation in in the order they are now given, were stanzas 23, 18, 19.)
the last line. Misery is like love; 10 speak its language truly, the Il is evident that Burns had known more of this exquisite old
author must have felt it." ballad than Mr. Scott gave in his first edition of the Minstrelsy.
Burns, 8vo, vol. Il. p. 289.-Ed.)
(V. R. It's not for you a weed.-ED.) In a letter to Mrs. Dunlop, conveying some information about poor Falconer's fate, and dated 25th January, 1795, he introduces
: (Mr. Motherwell gives the following as the stanza here omilted the following:
by Herd :
" He's ta'en ber by tbe milkwhite band, “Little does the fond mother think, as she hangs delighled
And saftly laid ber down; over the sweet little leech at her bosom, where the poor fellow
Aud when be lifted her up again, may hereafter wander, and what may be his fate. I remember a
He gae her a silver kaim."-Ep.)
O gin my love were a coffer o'gowd,
And I the keeper of the key, I wad open the kist whene'er I list, And in that coffer I wad be.
O my love's bonny, etc.
O TELL ME HOW TO WOO THEE.
The following verses are taken down from recitation, and are averred to be of the age of CHARLES I. They have, indeed, much of the romantic expression of passion common to the poets of that period, whose lays still reflected the setting beams of chivalry; but, since their publication in the first edition of this work, the Editor has been assured that they were composed by the late Mr. GRAHAM of Gartmore, 3
“ Ye lee, ye lee, ye bonny lad !
Sae loud's I hear ye lee!
He has nae mair nor me.”-
Sae loud's I hear ye lee!
Just now come o'er the sea."-
And out she's ta'en a knife;
And ta'en away her life.'
With the big tear in his een;
Amang the hollins green.
His father dear to see-
Beneath yon hollin tree!”“ What needs you care for your bonny hynd ?
For it you needna care;
Since plenty is to spare.”-
I carena for your fee;
Beneath the hollin tree!”–
Your sister fair to see,
Beneath the hollin tree.”
If doughty deeds my ladye please,
Right soon I'll mount my steed; And strong his arm, and fast bis seat,
That bears frae me the meed. I'l} wear thy colours in my cap,
Thy picture in my heart;
O tell me how to woo thee!
Tho' ne'er another trow me.
I'll dight me in array ;
And squire thee all the day.
These sounds I'll strive to catch;
O tell me how to woo thee!
Tho' ne'er another trow me.
I never broke a vow;
I never loved but you.
For you I wear the blue;
O tell me how to woo thee!
Tho' ne'er another trow me.
OGIN MY LOVE WERE YON RED ROSE.
FROM MR. HERD'S Ms.
O gin my love were yon red rose,
That grows upon the castle wa',
O my love's bonny, bonny, bonny;
My love's bonny, and fair to see ; Whene'er I look on her weel-far'd face,
She looks and smiles again to me. O gin my love were a pickle of wheat,
And growing upon yon lily lee,
O my love's bonny, etc.
THE SOUTERS OF SELKIRK.
• Up wi' the souters of Selkirk,
And down with the Earl of Home. This little lyric piece, with those which immediately 666 There was no Earl of Home,' he adds, 'at that follow in the collection, relates to the fatal battle of time, nor was this song composed till long after. It Flodden, in which the Power in the Scottish nobility arose from a bet betwixt the Philiphaugh and Home fell around their sovereign, James IV.
families; the souters (or shoemakers) of Selkirk, The ancient and received tradition of the burgh of against the men of Home, at a match of football, in Selkirk affirms, that the citizens of that town distin- | which the souters of Selkirk completely gained, and guished themselves by their gallantry on that disas- afterwards perpetuated their victory in that song.' trous occasion. Eighty in number, and headed by This is decisive; and so much for Scottish tradition.” their town-clerk, they joined their monarch on his --Note to Historical Essay on Scottish Song, prefixed entrance into England. James, pleased with the ap- to Scottish Songs, in 2 vols. 1794. pearance of this gallant troop, knighted their leader, It is proper to remark, that the passage of Mr. William Brydone, upon the field of battle, from Robertson's Statistical Account, above quoted, does which few of the men of Selkirk were destined to not relate to the authenticity of the tradition, but to return. They distinguished themselves in the con the origin of the song, which is obviously a separate flict, and were almost all slain. The few survi- and distinct question. The entire passage in the vors, on their return home, found, by the side of Statistical Account (of which a part only is quoted Lady-Wood Edge, the corpse of a female, wife to in the essay) runs thus :one of their fallen comrades, with a child sucking at “Here, too, the inhabitants of the town of Selkirk, her breast. In memory of this latter event, conti- who breathed the manly spirit of real freedom, justly nues the tradition, the present arms of the burgh merit particular attention. Of one hundred citizens, bear a female, holding a child in her arms, and seated who followed the fortunes of James IV. on the plains on a sarcophagus, decorated with the Scottish lion; of Flowden, a few returned, loaded with the spoils in the background a wood.
taken from the enemy. Some of these trophies still A learned antiquary,' whose judgment and ac survive the rust of time, and the effects of neglicuracy claim respect, has made some observations gence. The desperate valour of the citizens of Selupon the probability of this tradition, which the kirk, which, on that fatal day, was eminently conEditor shall take the liberty of quoting, as an intro- spicuous to both armies, produced very opposite duction to what he has to offer upon the same sub- effects. The implacable resentment of the English ject. And if he shall have the misfortune to differ reduced their defenceless town to ashes; while their from the learned gentleman, he will at least lay can- grateful sovereign (James V.) showed his sense of didly before the public the grounds of his opinion. their valour, by a grant of an extensive portion of the
“That the souters of Selkirk should, in 1513, forest, the trees for building their houses, and the amount to fourscore fighting men, is a circumstance property as the reward of their heroism.”—A note is utterly incredible. It is scarcely to be supposed that added by Mr. Robertson.—"A standard, the appeaall the shoemakers in Scotland could bave produced rance of which bespeaks its antiquity, is still carried such an army, at a period when shoes must have annually (on the day of riding their common) by the been still less worn than they are at present. Dr. corporation of weavers, by a member of which it Johnson, indeed, was told at Aberdeen, that the was taken from the English in the field of Flowden. people learned the art of making shoes from Crom- It may be added, that the sword of William Brydone, well's soldiers. The numbers,' he adds, 'that go the town-clerk, who led the citizens to the battle, barefoot, are still sufficient to show that shoes may (and who is said to have been knighted for his valour,) be spared; they are not yet considered as necessaries is still in the possession of John Brydone, a citizen of of life; for tall boys, not otherwise meanly dressed, Selkirk, his lineal descendant.”—An additional note run without them in the streets; and, in the islands, contains the passage quoted in the Essay on Scottish the sons of gentlemen pass several of their first years Song. with naked feet.'—(Journey to the Western Islands, If the testimony of Mr. Robertson is to be received p. 55.) Away, then, with the fable of the Souters as decisive of the question, the learned author of the of Selkirk! Mr. Tytler, though he mentions it as essay will surely admit, upon re-perusal, that the the subject of a song, or ballad, does not remember passage in the Statistical Account contains the most ever to have seen the original genuine words,'—as positive and unequivocal declaration of his belief in he obligingly acknowledged in a letter to the Editor. the tradition. Mr. Robertson, however, who gives the Statistical Neither does the story itself, upon close examinaAccount of the Parish of Selkirk, seems to know tion, contain any thing inconsistent with probability. something more of the matter.— Some,' says he, The towns upon the Border, and especially Selkirk "have rery falsely attributed to this event (the battle and Jedburgh, were inhabited by a race of citizens, of Flowden,) that song,
who, from the necessity of their situation, and from
[The late Mr. Joseph Ritson.)
the nature of their possessions, (held by burgage te “ bus propicietur Deus dat. et concess. per guerranure,) were inured to the use of arms. Selkirk was rum assultus pestem combustionem et alias pro a county town, and a royal burgh; and when the ar majore parte vastantur et distruuatur unde merray of the kingdom, amounting to no less than one “ cantiarum usus inter ipsos burgenses cessavit in hundred thousand warriors, was marshalled by the eorum magnam lesionem ac reipublice et libertatis royal command, eighty men seems no unreasonable Burgi nostri antedict. destruccionem et prejudiproportion from a place of consequence, lying so very "cium ac ingens nobis dampnum penes nostras near the scene of action.
“ Custumas et firmas burgales ab eodem nobis debit. Neither is it necessary to suppose, literally, that " si subitum in eisdem remedium minime habitum the men of Selkirk were all soulers. This appella “ fuerit—NOS igitur pietate et justicia moti ac pro tion was obviously bestowed on them, because it was “ policia et edificiis infra regnum nostrum habend. the trade most generally practised in the town, and “ de novo infeodamus,” etc. The charter proceeds, therefore passed into a general epithet. Even the in common form, to erect anew the town of Selkirk existence of such a craft, however, is accounted im- into a royal burgh, with all the privileges annexed to probable by the learned essayist, who seems hardly such corporations. This mark of royal favour was to allow, that the Scottish nation was, at that period, confirmed by a second charter, executed by the same acquainted with the art “ of accommodating their monarch, after he had attained the age of majority, feet with shoes.” And here he attacks us with our and dated April 8, 1538. This deed of confirmation own weapons, and wields the tradition of Aberdeen first narrates the charter, which has been already against that of Selkirk. We shall not stop to en- quoted, and then proceeds to mention other grants, quire, in what respect Cromwell's regiment of mis- which had been conferred upon the burgh, during sionary cobblers deserves, in point of probability, to the minority of James V., and which are thus extake precedence of the souters of Selkirk. But, ale pressed : “We for the gude trew and thankful serlowing that all the shoemakers in England, with vice done and to be done to ws be owre lovittis the Praise-the-Lord Barebones at their head, had genea baillies burgesses and communite of our burgh of rously combined to instruct the men of Aberdeen in Selkirk and for certain otheris reasonable causis and the arts of psalmody and cobbling, it by no means considerationis moving ws be the tennor hereof granbears upon the present question. If instruction was tis and gevis license to thame and thair successors at all necessary, it must have been in teaching the to ryfe out breke and teil yeirlie ane thousand acres natives how to make shoes, properly so called, in op- of their common landis of our said burgh in what position to brogues : For there were cordiners in part thairof thea pleas for polecy strengthing and Aberdeen long before Cromwell's visit, and several bigging of the samyn for the wele of ws and of fell in the battle of the Bridge of Dee, as appears lieges repair and thairto and defence againis owre auld from Spalding's History of the Troubles in Scotland, innemyis of Ingland and other wayis and will and vol. ii. p. 140. Now, the single-soled shoon,” made grantis that thai sall nocht be callit accusit nor inby the souters of Selkirk, were a sort of brogues, cur ony danger or skaith thairthrow in thair perwith a single thin sole ; the purchaser himself per sonis landis nor gudes in ony wise in time coming forming the farther operation of sewing on another NochtwITHSTANDING ony owre actis or statutis of thick leather. The rude and imperfect state of maid or to be maid in the contrar in ony panys conthis manufacture sufficiently evinces the antiquity of tenit tharein anent the quhilkis we dispens with the craft. Thus, the profession of the citizens of thame be thir owre letters with power to them to Selkirk, instead of invalidating, confirms the tradi-occupy the saidis landis with thare awne gudis or to tional account of their valour.
set theme to tenentis as thai sall think maist expeThe total devastation of this unfortunate burgh, dient for the wele of our said burgh with frei ische after the fatal battle of Flodden, is ascertained by and entri and with all and sindry utheris commodithe charters under which the corporation hold their teis freedomes asiamentis and richtuis pertenentis privileges. The first of these is granted by James V., whatsumever pertenyng or that rychtuisly may perand is dated 4th March, 1535-6. The narrative or tene thairto perpetually in tyme cuming frelie quietlie inductive clause of the deed, is in these words: / wele and in peace but ony revocatioun or agane call“ Sciatis quia nos considerantes et intelligentes quod ing whatsumever Gevin under owre signet and sub“ Carte Evidencie et litere veteris fundacionis et in- scrivit with owre band at Striveling the twenty day “ feofamenti burgi nostri de Selkirk et libertatum of Junii The yere of God ane thousand five hun
ejusdem burgensibus et communitati ipsius per dreth and thretty six yeris and of our regne the "s nobilissimos progenitores nostros quorum anima- | twenty thre year.” Here follows another grant :
It is probable that Mr. Robertson had not seen this deed, possessed of a spacious domain, to which a thousand acres in tilwhen he wrote his Statistical Account of the Parish of Selkirk; for lage might bear a due proportion. This circumstance ascertains it appears, that, instead of a grant of lands, the privilege granted the antiquily and power of the burgh ; for, had this large tract of to the community was a right of tilling one thousand acres of land been granted during the minority of James V., the donation, those which already belonged to the burgh. Hence it follows, to be effectual, must have been included in the charters of conthat, previous to the field of Flodden, the town must have been firmation.