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On his shield was a hound, in a silver leash bound, "Alas! away, away!'' she cried,
“For the holy Virgin's sake!!!"Thou liest, thou liest, thoù little foot-page,
"Lady, I know who sleeps by thy side;
But, lady, he will not awake.
In bloody grave have I lain; * Yet hear but my word, my noble lord !
The mass and the death prayer are said for me, For I heard her name his name;
But, lady, they are said in vain. And that lady bright, she called the knight "By the Baron's brand, near Tweed's fair strand Sir Richard of Coldinghame.".
Most foully slain, I fell ;.
And my restless sprite on the beacon's height, The bold Baron's brow then changed, I trow From high blood-red to pale
For a space is doomed to dwell. * The grave is deep and dark-and the corpse is stiff " At our trysting-place,t for a certain space, and stark
I must wander to and fro; So I may not trust thy tale.
But I had not had power to come to thy bower, "Where fair Tweed flows round holy Melrose,
Had'st thou not conjured me so.”And Eildon slopes to the plain,
Love master'd fear-her brow she cross' Full three nights ago, by some secret foe,
How, Richard, hast thou sped ? That gay gallant was slain.
And art thou saved, or art thou lost ?"
The vision shook his head! "The varying light deceived thy sight, And the wild winds drown'd the name;
"Who spilleth life, shall forfeit life; For the Dryburgh bells ring, and the white monks So bid thy lord believe : do sing,
That lawless love is guilt above, For Sir Richard of Coldinghame!"
This awful sign receive." He pass'd the court-gate, and he oped the tower- He laid his left palm on an oaken beam ; gate,
His right upon her hand, And he mounted the narrow stair,
The lady shrunk, and fainting sunk, To the bartizan seat, where, with maids that on her For it scorch'd like a fiery brand.
wait He found his lady fair.
The sable score, of fingers four,
Remains on that board impress'd; That lady sat in mournful mood;
And for evermore that lady wore Look'd over hill and vale;
A covering on her wrist. Over Tweed's fair flood, and Mertoun'st wood,
There is a nun in Dryburgh bower, And all down Teviotdale.
Ne'er looks upon the sun; * Now hail, now hail, thou lady bright!”
There is a monk in Melrose tower,
He speaketh word to none.
That monk, who speaks to none“The Ancram Moor is red with gore,
That nun was Smaylho'me's Lady gay,
That monk the bold Baron.
Nor added the Baron a word:
The ruins of Cadyow, or Cadzow Castle, the an
cient baronial residence of the family of Hamilton, In sleep the lady mourn’d, and the Baron toss'd and are situated upon the precipitous banks of the river turn'd,
Evan, about two miles above its junction with the And oft to himself he said,
Clyde. It was dismantled, in the conclusion of the "The worms around him creep, and his bloody Civil Wars, during the reign of the unfortunate Magrave is deep
ry, to whose cause the house of Hamilton devoted It cannot give up the dead !"
themselves with a generous zeal, which occasioned
their temporary obscurity, and, very nearly, their total It was near the ringing of matin-bell,
ruin. The situation of the ruins, embosomed in The night was wellnigh donc,
wood, darkened by ivy and creeping shrubs, and When a heavy sleep on that Baron fell,
overhanging the brawling torrent, is romantic in the On the eve of good St. John.
highest degree. In the immediate vicinity of Cad
yow is a grove of immense oaks, the remains of the The lady look'd through the chamber fair,
Caledonian Forest, which anciently extended through By the light of a dying flame;
the south of Scotland, from the eastern to the AtAnd she was aware of a knight stood there lantic Ocean. Some of these trees measure twentySir Richard of Coldinghame!
five feet, and upwards, in circumference; and the • Endon is a high hill, terminating in three conical summits, vault, assuring her friendly neighbours, that, during her absence, immediately above the town of Melrose, where are the admired her habitation was arranged by a spirit, to whom she gave the ruins of a magnificent monastery. Eildon-tree is said to be the uncouth name of Fatlips; describing him as a little man, wearing spot where Thomas the Rhymer uttered bis prophecies. See heavy iron shoes, with which
he trampled the clay floor of the
vault, to dispel the damps. This circumstance caused her to be * Mertoun is the beautiful sest of Hugh Scott, Esq. of Harden. regarded, by the well-informed, with compassion, as deranged in Trysting place--Place of rendezvous.
her understanding; and by the vulgar, with some degree of terror. The circumstance of the mun," who never saw the day," is The cause of her adopting this extraordinary mode of life she not entirely imaginary. About fifty years ago, an unfortunate would never explain. It was, however, believed to have been female wanderer took up her residence in a dark vault, among the occasioned by a vow, that, during the absence of a man to whom ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, which, during the day, she never quitted, she was attached, she would never look upon the sun. Her lover When might fell, she issued from this miserable habitation, and never returned. He fell during the civil war of 1745-6, and she went to the bouse of Mr. Haliburton of Newmains, the Editor's never more would behold the light of day. great-grandfather, or to that of Mr. Erskine of Sheilfield, two gen The vault, or rather dungeon,
this unfortunate woman tlemen of the neighbourhood. From their charity, she obtained lived and died, passes still by the name of the gupernatural being, puch necessaries as she could be prevailed upon to accept. At with which its gloom was tenanted by her disturbed imagination, twelve, each night, sho lighted her candle, and returned to her I and few of the neighbouring peasants dare enter it by night. 1803,
BY WALTER SCOTT.
state of decay, in which they now appear, shows provocation, seemed to his kinsmen to justify his that they may have witnessed the rites of the Druids. deed. After a short abode at Hamilton, this fierce The whole scenery is included in the magnificent and determined man left Scotland, and served in and extensive park of the Duke of Hamilton. There France, under the patronage of the family of Guise, was long preserved in this forest the breed of the to whom he was doubtless recommended by having Scottish wild cattle, until their ferocity occasioned avenged the cause of their niece, Queen Mary, upon their being extirpated, about forty years ago.* Their her ungrateful brother. De Thou has recorded, that appearance was beautiful, being milk-white, with an attempt was made to engage him to assassinate black muzzles, horns, and hoofs. The bulis are de- Gaspar de Coligni, the famous Admiral of France, scribed by ancient authors as having white manes; and the buckler of the Huguenot cause. But the but those of latter days had lost that peculiarity, character of Bothwellhaugh was mistaken. He perhaps by iniermixture with the tame breed.t was no mercenary trader in blood, and rejected the
In detailing the death of the Regent Murray, offer with contempt and indignation. He had no which is made the subject of the following ballad, it authority, he said, from Scotland to commit murwould be injustice to my reader to use other words ders in France; he had avenged his own just quarrel, than those of Dr. Robertson, whose account of that but he would neither, for price nor prayer, avenge memorable event forms a beautiful piece of historical that of another man.- Thuanus, cap. 46. painting..
The Regent's death happened 23d January, 1569. "Hamilton of Both wellhaugh was the person who it is applauded or stigmatized, by contemporary hiscommitted this barbarous action. He had been con- torians, according to their religious or party prejudemned to death soon after the battle of Langside, dices. The triumph of Blackwood is unbounded. as we have already related, and owed his life to the He not only extols the pious feat of Bothwellhaugh, Regent's clemency. But part of his estates had been “who," he observes, "satisfied, with a single ounce bestowed upon one of the Regent's favourites, I who of lead, him, whose sacrilegious avarice had stripped seized his house, and turned out his wife naked, in a the metropolitan church of St. Andrews of its cocold night, in to the open fields, where, before next vering;" but he ascribes it to immediate divine inspimorning, she became furiously mad. This injury ration, and the escape of Hamilton to little less than made a deeper impression on him than the benefit he the miraculous interference of the Deity.--JEBB, vol. had received, and from that moment he vowed to be ii. p. 263. With equal injustice, it was, by others, revenged of the Regent. Party rage strengthened made the ground of a general national reflection; and inflamed his private resentment. His kinsmen, for, when Mather urged Berney to assassina te Bura the Hamiltons, applauded the enterprise. The leigh, and quoted the examples of Poltrot and Bothmaxims of that age justified the most desperate wellbaugh, the other conspirator answered, "that course he could take to obiain vengeance. He fol- neyther Poltrot nor Hambleton did attempt their enlowed the Regent for some time, and watched for an terpryse, without some reason or consideration to opportunity to strike the blow. He resolved, at last, lead ihem to it; as the one by hyre, and promise of to wait till his enemy should arrive at Linlithgow, preferment or rewarde; the other, upon desperate through which he was to pass, in his way from Stir- mind of revenge, for a lyttle wrong done un to him, ling to Edinburgh. He took his stand in a wooden as the report goethe, according to the vyle trayterous gallery, which had a window towards the street; dysposyşyon of the hoole natyon of the Scottes." spread a feather-bed on the floor, to hinder the noise Murdin's State Papers, vol. i. p. 197. of his feet from being heard; hung up a black cloth behind him, that his shadow might not be observed from without; and, after all this preparation, calmly
CADYOW CASTLE, expected the Regent's approach, who had lodged, during the night, in a house not far distant. Some ADDRESSED TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LADY ANNE indistinct information of the danger which threatened
HAMILTON, ST BY WALTER SCOTT. him had been conveyed to the Regent, and he paid so much regard to it, that he resolved to return by When princely Hamilton's abode the same gate through which he had entered, and 10 Ennobled Cadyow's Gothic towers, fetch a compass round the town. But, as the crowd The song went round, the goblet flow'd, about the gate was great and he himself unac And revel sped the laughing hours. quainted with fear, he proceeded directly along the street; and the throng of people obliging him to
Then, thrilling to the harp's gay sound, move very slowly, gave the assassin time to take So sweetly rung each vaulted wall, so true an aim, that he shot him, with a single bul. And echoed light the dancer's bound, let, through the lower part of his belly, and killed the
As mirth and music cheer'd the hall. horse of a gentleman who rode on his other side.
But Cadyow's towers, in ruins laid, His followers instantly endeavoured to break into
And vaults, by ivy mantled o'er, the house, whence the blow had come: but they
Thrill to the music of the shade, found the door strongly barricadoed, and, before it Or echo Evan's hoarser roar. could be forced open, Hamilton had mounted a fleet horse, ll which stood ready for him at a back Yet, still, of Cadyow's faded fame, passage, and was got far beyond their reach. The You bid me tell a minstrel tale, Regent died the same night of his wound.” — History And tune my harp, of border frame, of Scotland, book v.
On the wild banks of Evandale. Bothwellhaugh rode straight to Hamilton, where he was received in triumph; for the ashes of the
For thou, from scenes of courtly pride, houses in Clydesdale, which had been burned by
From pleasure's lighter scenes, canst turn
To draw oblivion's pall aside, Murray's army, were yet smoking: and party prejudice, the habits of the age, and the enormity of ihe
And mark the long-forgotten urn. * (The breed had not been entirely extirpated. There remain Then, noble maid! at thy command, ed certainly a magnificent herd of these caille in Cadyow Forest Again the crumbled halls shall rise; within these few venrs. 1833.--ED.)
Lo! as on Evan's banks we stand,
i This was Sir James Beilenden. Lord Justice-Clerk, whose Where, with the rock's wood cover'd side,
Rise turrets in fantastic pride,
And feudal banners flaunt between : a natural brother to the Duke of Chatelberault, und uncle to Bothwellhaush. This, among many other circumstances, seenis
Where the rude torrent's brawling course in evince the aid which Bothwellbaugh received from his clan in Was shagg'd with thurn and tangling sloe, effecting his purpose.
The gift of Lord Jobn Hamilton, Commendator of Abroath. T (Eldest daughter of Archibald, 9th Duke of Hamilton.-ED.)
The ashler buttress braves its force,
Stern Claud replied, # with darkening face, And ramparts frown in battled row.
(Gray Paisley's haughty lord was he,) *Tis night-the shade of keçp and spiro
At merry feast, or buxom chase, Obscurely dance on Evan's stream;
No more the warrior wilt thou see. And on the wave the warder's fire
"Few suns have set since Woodhouselees Is chequering the moonlight beam.
Saw Both wellhaugh's bright goblets foam, Fades slow their light; the east is gray ;
When to his hearths, in social glee, The weary warder leaves his tower ;
The war-worn soldier turn'd him home. Steeds snort ; uncoupled stag-hounds bay,
"There, wan from her maternal throes, And merry hunters quit the bower.
His Margaret, beautiful and mild, The drawbridge falls—they hurry out
Sate in her bower, a pallid rose, Clatters each plank and swinging chain,
And peaceful nursed her new-born child. As, dashing o'er, the jovial rout
“O change accursed ! past are those days; Ürge the shy steed, and slack the rein.
False Murray's ruthless spoilers came, First of his troop, the Chief rode on ;*
And, for the hearth's domestic blaze, His shouting merry-men throng behind;
Ascends destruction's volumed flame. The steed of princely Hamilton
“What sheeted phantom wanders wild, Was fleeter than the mountain wind.
Where mountain Eske through woodland flows, From the thick copse the roebucks bound,
Her arms unfold a shadowy childThe startled red-deer scuds the plain,
Oh! is it she, the pallid rose ? For the hoarse bugle's warrior sound
" The wilder'd traveller sees her glide, Has roused their mountain haunts again.
And hears her feeble voice with aweThrough the huge oaks of Evandale,
* Revenge,' she cries, 'on Murray's pride! Whose limbs a thousand years have worn,
And wo for injured Bothwellhaugh!” What sullen roar comes down the gale,
He ceased--and cries of rage and grief And drowns the hunter's pealing horn?
Burst mingling from the kindred band, Wightiest of all the beasts of chase
And half arose the kindling Chief, That roam in woody Caledon,
And half unsheath'd his Arran brand. Crashing the forest in his race,
But who, o'er bush, o'er stream and rock, The Mountain Bull comes thundering on.
Rides headlong, with resistless speed, Fierce, on the hunter's quiver'd hand,
Whose bloody poinard's frantic stroke He rolls his eyes of swarthy glow,
Drives to the leap his jaded steed ;ll Spurns with black hoof and horn, the sand, Whose cheek is pale, whose eyeballs glare, And tosses high his mane of snow.
As one some vision'd sight that saw, Aim'd well, the Chieftain's lance has flown;
Whose hands are bloody, loose his hair ?Struggling in blood the savage lies;
"Tis he! 'tis he! 'tis Both wellhaugh. His roar is sunk in hollow groan
From gory selle, IT and reeling steed, Sound, merry huntsmen! sound the Pryse !t
Sprung ihe fierce horseman with a bound, Tis noon-against the knotted oak
And, reeking froin the recent deed, The hunters rest the idle spear;
He dash'd his carbine on the ground. Curls through the trees the slender smoke,
Sternly he spoke—"'Tis sweet to hear Where yeomen dight the woodland cheer.
In good greenwood the bugle blown, Proudly the Chieftain mark'd his clan,
But sweeter to Revenge's ear, On greenwood lap all careless thrown,
To drink a tyrant's dying groan. Yet miss'd his eye the boldest man,
" Your slaughter'd quarry proudly trode, That bore the name of Hamilton.
At dawning morn, o'er dale and down, " Why fills not Both wellhaugh his place,
But prouder base-born Murray rode Sull wont our weal and wo to share?
Through old Linlithgow's crowded town. Why comes he not our sport to grace?
"From the wild Border's humbled side, ** Why shares he not our hunter's fare ?”—
In haughty triumph, marched he, * The head of the family of Hamilton, at this period, was founds with Lady Ann Bothwell, whose Lament is so popular. Jarpes, Earl of Arran, Duke of Chutelherault, in France, and first This spectre is so tenacious of her rights, that, a part of the stones reer of the Scottish realm. In 1569, he was appointeil by Queen of the ancient edifice having been employed in building or repair. Mary her lieutenant-general in Scotland, under the singular tille ing the present Woodhouselee, she has deemed it a part of her ef ber adopted father.
privilege to haunt that house aleo ; and, even of very late years, ! Pryse-The pote blown at the death of the game.--In Cale has excited considerable disturbance and terror among the dodonia glinn frequeos erat sylvestris quidam bos, nunc vero rarius, mestics. This is a more remarkable vindication of the rights of Gil. Eokre candidissimo. jubam densam et demissam instar leonis ghosts, as the present Woodhouselee, which gives his title to the gestal, truculentus ac ferus ab humano genere abhorrens, ut quæ Honourable Alexander Fraser Tytler, a senator of the College of egar homines vel manibus contrectarint, vel halitu perflaverint, Justice, is situated on the slope of the Pentland billy, distant at ab is multos post dies omnino abstinuerunt. Ad hoc tanta auda- least four miles from her proper abode. She always appears in cia haie bovi indita erat, ut non solum irritatus equites furenter white, and with her child in her arms. frosterneret, sed ne tantillum lacessitus omnes promiscue homines !! Birrel informs us, that Bothwellhaugh, being closely pursued, cornibus ac ungulis peteret ; ac canum, qui apud nos ferocissimi after that «pur and wand had failed him, he drew forth his sunt, impetus plane contemneret. Ejus carnes cartilaginosa, rod dagger, and strocke his horse behind, whilk caused the horse to maporis ena vissiini. Erat is olim per illam vastissimam Caledonite leap a very brode stanke, li. e. ditch, by wbilk means he escapit, sylrann frequens, sed humana ingluvie jam assumplus tribus tan- and gat away from all the rest of the horses."-BIRREL's Diary. tom locis est reliquus, Strivilingü, Cumbrmaldiæ, et Kincarnim.-P. 18. LESLET3, Scotia Descriptio, p. 13. --See a wote Castle Dan 1 Selle-Saddle. A word used by Spenser, and other ancient Berou, Waverley Novels, vol. v.-ED)
authors. : Lord Claud Hamilton, second son of the Duke of Chatelhe ** Murray's death took place shortly after an expedition to the rault, and commendator of the Abbey of Paisley, acted a distin-Borders; which is thus commemorated by the author of his guished part duriog the troubles of Queen Mary's reign, and re
Elegy: mained upalteratily attached to the cause of that unfortunate "So having stablischt all thing in this sort, princess. He led the van of her army at the fatal battle of Lang To Liddisdaill ngane he did resort. side, and was one of the commanders at the Raid of Stirling, Throw Ewisdaii Eskdail, and all the daills rode he, which had so nearly given complete success to the Queen's fac And also lay three nights in Cannabie, tica He was ancestor of the presrnt Marquis of Ahercorn.
Whair na prince lay thir hundred yeiris before. $ This barons, stretching along the banks of the E-k, near Au Nae thief durst stir, they did him feir sa ruir; chendirmy, belonged to Pothwellhaugh, in right of his wife. The And, that thay auld na mair thair thift allege, rons of the man jon, from whence she was expelled in the brutal Threescore and twelf be brocht of thame in pledge, manner which vocazioned her death, are still to be seen in a hollow Byne wardit thame, whilk maid the rest keep ordour : Glen beside the river. Popular report tenants tbemn with the rest Than mycht the rasch bus keep ky on the Border." kiss ghost of the Lady Bothwollhaugh; whom, however, it con.
Scottish Poems, 16th century, p. 232.
While Knox relax'd his bigot pride,
But, see! the minstrel vision failsAnd smiled, the traitorous pomp to see.
The glimmering spears are seen no more;
The shouts of war die on the gales, "But can stern Power, with all his vaunt,
Or sink in Evan's lonely roar.
For the lond bugle, pealing high,
The blackbird whistles down the vale,
And sunk in ivied ruins lie “With hackbut bent,* my secret stand,
The banner'd towers of Evandale.
And vengeance shouting o'er the slain, “Dark Morton,t girt with many a spear,
Lo! high-born Beauty rules the steed, Murder's foul minion, led the van ;
Or graceful guides the silken rein. And clash'd their broadswords in the rear
And long may Peace and Pleasure own The wild Macfarlanes' plaided clan.I
The maids who list the minstrel's tale, “Glencairn and stout Parkheads were nigh,
Nore'er a ruder guest be known
On the fair banks of Evandale !
THE GRAY BROTHER.
BY WALTER SCOTT. " From the raised vizor's shade, his eye,
The imperfect state of this ballad, which was writDark-rolling, glanced the ranks along,
ten several years ago, is not a circumstance affected And his steel truncheon, waved on high, Seem'd marshalling the iron throng.
for the purpose of giving it that peculiar interest,
which is often found to arise from ungratified curi“But yet his sadden'd brow confess'd
osity. On the contrary, it was the Editor's intention A passing shade of doubt and awe;
to have completed the tale, if he had found himself Some fiend was whispering in his breast;
able to succeed to his own satisfaction. Yielding to 'Beware of injured Both wellhaugh!'
the opinion of persons, whose judgment, if not bias
ed by the partiality of friendship, is entitled to defeThe death-shot parts-the charger springs rence, he has preferred inserting these verses as a Wild rises tumult's startling roar!
fragment, to his intention of entirely suppressing And Murray's plumy helmet rings
them. -Rings on the ground, to rise no more.
The tradition, upon which the tale is founded, re“What joy the raptured youth can feel,
gards a house upon the barony of Gilmerton, near To hear her love the loved one tell
Lasswade, in Mid-Lothian. This building, now callOr he, who broaches on his steel
ed Gilmerton Grange, was originally named BurnThe wolf, by whom his infant fell !
dale, from the following tragic adventure. The ba
rony of Gilmerton belonged, of yore, to a gentleman “But dearer to my injured eye
named Heron, who had one beautiful daughter. To see in dust proud Murray roll;
This young lady was seduced by the Abbot of NewAnd mine was ten times treblcd joy,
battle, a richly endowed abbey, upon the banks of To hear him groan his felon soul.
the South Esk, now a seat of the Marquis of Lo"My Margaret's spectre glided near;
thian. Heron came to the knowledge of this cir.
cumstance, and learned also, that the lovers carried With pride her bleeding victim saw; And shriek'd in his death-deafen'd ear,
on their guilty intercourse by the connivance of the
lady's nurse, who lived at this house of Gilmerton “Remember injured Bothwellhaugh!'
Grange, or Burndale. He formed a resolution of " Then speed thee, noble Chatlerault!
bloody vengeance, undeterred by the supposed sancSpread to the wind thy banner'd tree! *
tity of the clerical character, or by the stronger claims Each warrior bend his Clydesdale bow !
of natural affection. Choosing, therefore, a dark Murray is fall'n, and Scotland free."
and windy night, when the objects of his vengeance
were engaged in a stolen interview, he set fire to a Vaults every warrior to his steed;
stack of dried thorns, and other combustibles, which Loud bugles join their wild acclaim
he had caused to be piled against the house, and re"Murray is fali'n, and Scotland freed!
duced to a pile of glowing ashes the dwelling, with Couch, Arran! couch thy spear of flame !" all its inmates.tt * Hackbut bent-Gun cock'd. The carbine, with which the driven back by force, being before almost overthrown by the Regent was shot, is preserved at Hamilton Palace. It is a brass avaunt-guard and harquebusiers, and so were tumed to flight."piece, of a middling length, very small in the bore, and, what is CALDERWood's MS. apud KEITH, p. 450. Melville mentioos rather extraordinary, appears to have been ritled or indented in the the flight of the vanguard, but states it to have been commanded barrel. It had a match-lock, for which a modern firelock has by Morton, and composed chiefly of communers of the barony of been injudiciously substituted.
Rentrew. t of this noted person, it is enough to say, that he was active $ The Earl of Glencairn was a steady adherent of the Regent in the murder of David Rizzio, and at least privy to that of George Douglas of Parkhead was a natural brother of the Earl Darnley.
of Morton, whose horse was killed by the same ball by which This clan of Lennox Highlanders were attached to the Re- Murray fell
. gent Murray. Hollinshed, speaking of the battle of Langside, !! Lord Lindsay, of the Byres, was the most ferocious and brutal Ruys" In this batayle the valiancie of an Heiland gentleman, of the Regent's fact, in, and, as such, was employed to extort Ma: pamed Macfarlane, stood the Regent's part in great steede ; for, ry's signniuro to the deed of resignation presented to her in Lochin the hottest brunte of the fighte, he came up with two hundred leven castle. He discharged his commission with the most savage of his friendes and countrymen, and so manfully gave in upon the rigour; and it is even said, that when the weeping captive in the Hankes of the Queen's people, that he was a great cause of the act of signing, averted her eyes from the fatal deed, he piuehed disordering of them. This Macfarlane had bren lately before, as her arm with the grasp of his iron glove. I have heard, condemned to die, for some outrage by him com.. Not only had the repent nutice of the intended attempt upon mitterl, and obtayning pardon through suyte of the Countess of his life, but even of the very house from which it was threatened. Murray, he recompensed that clemencie by this piece of service With that infatuation at which men wonder, after such events now at this batayle.” Calderwood's account is less favourable to have happened, he deemed it would be a suflicient precaution to the Macfarlanes. He states that " Macfarlane, with his High ride briskly past the dangerous spot. But even ihis was prevent Jandmen, fed from the wing where they were set, The Lord ed by the crowd: so that Bothwellbaugh had time to take a deliLindegy, who stood nearest to them in the Regent's battle, maid, berato aim.-SPOTTISWOODE, P. 233, BUCHANAN. Let them go! I shall fill their place better :' and so, stepping ** An oak, half huwn, with the motto trough, is an ancient forward, with a company of fresh men, charged the enemy, whose cognizance of the family of Ilomilton. spears were now spent, with long wuapons, 60 that they were 1. This tradition was communicated to me by John Clerk, E84
The scene with which the ballad opens, was sug; And, when he would the chalice rear, gested by the following curious passage, extracted He dropp'd it to the ground. from the Life of Alexander Peden, one of the wandering and rersecuted teachers of the sect of Came
"The breath of one of evil deed ronians, during the reign of Charles II. and his suc
Pollutes our sacred day; CESSOr, James. This person was supposed by his
He has no portion in our creed, followers, and, perhaps, really believed himself
No part in what I say. be possessed of supernatural gifts; for the wild
A being, whom no blessed word scenes which they frequented, and the constant dan
To ghostly peace can bring; gers which were incurred through their proscription, det-pened upon their minds the gloom of superstition,
A wretch, at whose approach abhorr'd,
Recoils each holy thing. so general in that age.
About the same time he [Peden) came to Andrew "Up, up, unhappy! haste, arise ! Normand's house, in the parish of Alloway, in the My adjuration fear! sbire of Ayt, being to preach at night in his barn. I charge thee not to stop my voice, After he came in, he halted a little, leaning upon a Nor longer tarry here!"chair-back, with his face covered; when he lifted up tis bead, he said, "They are in this house that I
Amid them all a pilgrim kneelid, bave not one word of salvation unto ;' he halted a
In gown of sackcloth
gray; Lute again, saying, “This is strange, ihat the devil
Far journeying from his native field, will not go out, that we may begin our work!
He first saw Rome that day. Then there was a woman went out, ill-looked upon
For forty days and nights so drear, almost all her life, and to her dying hour, for a witch,
I ween he had not spoke, with many presumptions of the same. It escaped
And, save with bread and water clear, me, in the former passages, what John Muirhead
His fast he ne'er had broke. (whom I have often mentioned) told me, that when he came from Ireland to Galloway, he was at fami Amid the penitential flock, ly-worship, and giving some notes upon the Scrip
Seem'd none more bent to pray; ture read, when a very ill-looking man came, and But, when the Holy Father spoke, sat down within the door, at the back of the hallan, He rose and went his way (parution of the cottage : Jimmediately he halted and sard There is some unhappy body just now come
Again unto his native land into this house. I charge him to go out, and not
His weary course he drew,
To Lothian's fair and fertile strand, stop my mouth!'. The person weni out, and he insisted, (went on.) yet he saw him neither come in
And Pentland's mountains blue. bor go out."— The Life and Prophecies of Mr. His unblest feet his native seat, Avander Peden, late Minister of the Gospel at Mid Eske's fair woods, regain ; Seu Glenluce, in Galloway, part i. $ 26,
Thro' woods more fair no stream more sweet A friendly correspondent remarks, " that the in Rolls to the eastern main. capacity of proceeding in the performance of a religous duty, when a contaminated person is present,
And lords to meet the pilgrim came, is of much higher antiquity than the era of the Reve
And vassals bent the knee; rend Mr. Alexander Peden."- Vide Hygini Fabu
For all mid Scotland's chiefs of fame, las, cap. 26. “Medea Corintho erul, Athenas, ad Was none more famed than he. Egeum Pandionis filium devenit in hospitium,
And boldly for his country, still, cine nupsit. Postea sacerdos Diana Medeam eragitare
In battle he had stood,
Ay, even when on the banks of Till crpil, regique negabat sacra caste facere posse, eo
Her noblest pour'd their blood. quod in ea ciritate esset mulier vene fica et scelerata ; tunc eiulatur."
Sweet are the paths, O passing sweet!
By Eske's fair streams that run,
O’er airy steep, through copsewood deep,
Impervious to the sun.
There the rapt poet's step may rove, With the power to him given, by the saints in And yield the muse the day; heaven,
There Beauty, led by timid Love,
May shun the tell-tale ray;
From that fair dome, where suit is paid,
By blast of bugle free, *
And haupted Woodhouselee.
Who knows not Melville's beechy grove,
And Roslin's rocky glen, ll
And classic Hawthornden ?**
Yet never a path, from day to day,
The pilgrim's footsteps range, of Eldin, author of an Essay upon Naval Tactics, who will be $ Melville Castle, the seat of the Right Honourable Lord Meltemembered by pasterity, as having taught the Gening of Britainville, to whom it gives the title of Viscount, is delightfully situated in concentral her thunders, and to launch them against her foes upon the Eske, near Lasswade. with an unerting air,
1 The ruins of Roslin Castle, the baronial residence of the an• Tb barony of Pennycuick, the property of Sir George Clerk, cient family of St. Clair. The Gothic chapel, which is still in Por is held hy a ingular tenure : the proprietor bring bound to beautiful preservation, with the romantic and woody dell in which sit a large racky frament, called the Buckstane, and wind they are situated, belong to the Right Honourable the Earl of the blasts of a hom, when the King shall come to hunt on the Rosslyn, the representative of the former Lords of Roslin. Brush Muir, near Edinburgh. Hence, the family have adopted, T The village and castle of Dalkeith belonged, of old, to the 23 their crest, a dimi-forester proper, winding a hom, with the famous Earl of Morton, but is now the residence of the noble
*19, Free for a blast. The beauuful mansion house of Penny: family of Buccleuch. The park extends along the Eske, which is anek is much admired, both on account of the architecture and there joined by its sister stream, of the same name. sarronding scenery,
** Hawthomden, the residence of the poet Drummond. A house, Aucherdony, situatrd upon the Eske, below Pennycuick, the of more modern date, is enclosed, as it were, by the ruins of the parent terrence of the ingeniouts H. Mackenzie, Esq., author of ancient castle, and overhangs a tremendous precipice, upon the the Man of Ferling, &c. Edition 1803.
banks of the Eske, perforated by winding caves, which, in former : For the traditions connecied with this ruinous mansion, see times, were a refuge to the oppressed patriots of Scotland. Here Sallad of Cadyoro Castle
Drummond received Ben Jonson, who journeyed from London, on