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the two men could see it plainly, they ran home in a great fright, imagining they had met with some goblin. By the way Moffat fell, and it run over him, and was home at the house as soon as either of them, and staid there a long time; but I cannot say how long. It was real flesh and blood, and ate and drank, was fond of cream, and, when it could get at it, would destroy a great deal. It seemed a mischievous creature; and any of the children whom it could master, it would beat and serateh without merey. It was once abusing a child belonging to the same Moffat, who had been so frightened by its first appearance; and he, in a passion. struck it so violent a blow upon the side of the head. that it tumbled upon the ground: but it was not stunned ; for it set up its head directly, and exclaimed.' Ah Hah, will o' Moffat, you strike sair!” (viz. sore.) After it had staid there long, one evening, when the women were milking the cows in the loan, it was playing among the children near by them, when suddenly they heard a loud shrill voice cry, three times, * Gilpin Horner * it started, and said, “That is me, I anust away;" and instantly disappeared, and was never heard of more. Old Anderson did not remember it, but said, he had often heard his father, and other old men in the place who were there at the time, speak about it 5 and in my younger years I have often heard it mentioned, and never met with any, who had the remotest doubt as to the truth of the story; although, I must own, I cannot help thinking there must be some misrepresentation in it.”—To this account, I have to add the following particulars from the most respectable authority. Besides constantly repeating the word tint : tint." Gilpin Horner was often heard to call upon Peter Bertram, or Be-teram, as he pronounced the word: and when the shrill voice called Gilpin Horner, he im. mediately acknowledged it was the summons of the said Peter Bertram ; who seems therefore to have been the devil who had tint, or lost, the little imp. As much has been objected to Gilpin Horner on account of his *ing supposed rather a device of the author than a
popular superstition, I can only say, that no legend which I ever heard seemed to be more universally credited, and that many persons of very good rank and considerable information, are well known to repose absolute faith in the tradition.
But the Ladye of Branksome gathered a band,
“Upon 25th June 1557, Dame Janet Beatoune Lady Buccleuch, and a great number of the name of Scott, delaitit (accused) for coming to the kirk of St. Mary of the Lowes, to the number of two hundred persons bodin in feire of weire (arrayed in armour) and breaking open the doors of the said kirk, in order to apprehend the laird of Cranstoune for his destruction.” On the
20th July, a warrant from the queen is presented, dis
charging the justice to proceed against the Lady Buccleuch while new calling. Abridgment of Books of Ad..journal in Advocates' Library.—The following proceedings upon this case appear on the record of the Court of Justiciary: On the 25th of June, 1557, Robert Scott, in Bowhili parish, priest of the kirk of St. Mary's, accused of the convocation of the Queen's lieges, to the number of 200 persons in warlike array, with jacks, helmets, and other weapons, and marching to the chapel of St. Mary of the Lowes, for the slaughter of Sir Peter Cranstoun, out of ancient feud and malice prepense, and of breaking the doors of the said kirk, is repledged by the archbishop of Glasgow. The bail given by Robert Scott of Allenhaugh, Adam Scott of Burnefute, Robert Scott in Howfurde, Walter Scott in Todshawhaugh, Walter Scott younger of Synton, Thomas Scott of Hayming, Robert Scott, William Scott, and James Scott, brothers of the said Walter Scott, Walter Scott in the Woll, and Walter Scott, son of William Scott of Harden, and James Wemyss in Eckford, all accused of the same crime, is declard to be forfeited. On the same day, Walterseett of synton, and Walter chos
holme of Chisholme, and William Scott of Harden, be. came bound, jointly and severally, that Sir Peter Cranstoun, and his kindred and servants, should receive no injury from them in future. At the same time, Patrick Murray of Fallohill, Alexander Stuart, uncle te the laird of Trakwhare, John Murray of Newhall, John Fairlye, residing in Selkirk, George Tait, younger of Pirn, John Pennycuke of Pennycuke, James Ramsay of Cokpen, the laird of Fassyde, and the laird of Henders. toune, were all severally fined for not attending as jurors; being probably either in alliance with the accused parties, or dreading their vengeance. Upon the 20th of July following, Scott of Synton, Chisholme of Chisholme, Scott of Harden, Scott of Howpaslie, Scott of Burnfute, with many others, are ordered to appear at next calling, under the pains of treason. But no farther procedure seems to have taken place. It is said, that, upon this rising, the kirk efSt. Mary was burned by the Scotto
NOTES TO CANTO THIRD.
When, dancing in the sunny beam,
The crest of the Cranstouns, in allusion to their name, is a crane dormant, holding a stone in his foot, with an emphatic Border motto, Thou shalt wantere 1
Much he marvelled a knight of pride, -
* At Unthank, two miles N. E. from the church (of Elwes,) there are the ruins of a chapel for divine service, in time of popery. There is a tradition, that friars were wont to come from Melrose, or Jedburgh, to baptize and marry in this parish; and from being in use to carry the mass-book in their bosoms, they were called, by the inhabitants, Book-a-bosomes. There is a man yet alive, who knew old men who had been baptized by these book-a-bosomes, and who says one of them, called Hair, used this parish for a very long time.”—Account of Parish of Ewes, apud Macfarlane's MSS.
Glamour, in the legends of Scottish superstition, mgags the magic pewer of imposing on the eyesight of the spectators, so that the appearance of an object shah be totally different from the reality. The transformation of Michael Scott by the witch of Falsehope, already mentioned, was a genuine operation of glamour. To a similar charm the ballad of Johnny Fa' imputes the fascination of the lovely Countess, who eloped with that gipsy leader: o Sae soon as they saw her weel far'd face, They cast the glamour o'er her. It was formerly used even in war. In 1381, when the Duke of Anjou lay before a strong castle, upon the coast of Naples, a necromancer offered to “make the ayre so thycke, that they within shal thymke that there is a great bridge on the see (by which the castle was surrounded.) for ten men to go afront; and whan they within the castle se this bridge, they will be so afrayde, that they shall yelde them to your mercy. The Duke demanded—Fayre Master, on this bridge that ye speke of, may our people assuredly go thereon to the eastell to assayle it 2 Syr, quod the enchantour, I dare not assure you that; for if any that passeth on the bridge make the signe of the crosse on hym, all shall go to noughte, and they that be on the bridge shall fall into the see. Then the Duke began to laugh; and a certain of young knightes, that were there present, said, Syr for godsake, let the may ster essay his cunning; we shal leve making of any signe of the crosse on us for that tyme.” The earl of Savoy, shortly after, entered the tent, and recognized in the enchanter, the same person who had put the castle into the power of Sir Charles de la Payk, who then held it, by persuading the garrison of the Queen of Naples, through magical deception, that the sea was coming over the walls.
The sage avowed the feat, and added, that he was the .
man in the world most dreaded by Sir Charles de la Payk. “By my fayth, quod the Erl of Savoy, ye say well; and I will that Syr Charles de la Payk shall know that he hath gret wronge to fear you. But I shall assure him of you; for ye shall never do enchauntment to decey've hym, nor yet none other, I woldenat that in