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highnes realme, bringing wt theyme above xl Scottsmen king's writing, and to bring the matter to pass as the prisoners, one of theyme named Scot, of the surname king desired: And, to that effect, convened all his kin and kya of the said Lord of Buclough, and of his and friends, and all that would do for him, to ride with horhold; they brought alsoo ccc nowte, and above him to Melross, when he knew of the king's home-com
barves and mares, keeping in savetic frome losse or ing. And so he brought with him six hundred spears, of bete all your said bighnes subjects. There was alsoo Liddesdale, and Anpandale, and countrymen, and clans a towne, called Newbyggins, by diverse fotmen of Tyn thereabout, and held themselves quiet while that the I dull and Ryddesdaill, takyn vp of the night, and king returned out of Jedburgh, and came to Melross, spotled, when was slayne îi Scottsmen of the said to remain there all that night. towar, and many Scotts there hurte; your highnes | « But when the Lord Hume, Cessford, and Fernyhirst subjects was xiii myles within the grounde of Scot-(the chiefs of the clan of Kerr), took their leave of the lande, and is from my house at Werkworthe, above Ix king, and returned home, then appeared the laird of Bucmiles of the most evill passage, where great snawes kleuch in sight, and his company with him, in an i dotle lye; heretofore the same townes now brynt hath arrayed battle, intending to have fulfilled the king's , not at any time in the mynd of man in any warrs been petition, and therefore came stoutly forward on the I enterprised unto nowe; your subjects were thereto
were there to back side of Haliden hill. By that the Earl of Angus, more encouraged for the better advancement of your with George Douglas, his brother, and sundry other of highoes service, the said Lord of Buclough beyng his friends, seeing this army coming, they marvelled always a mortall enemy to this your graces realme, and what the matter meant; while at the last they knew he dvd say, within xiii days before, he woulde see who the Laird of Buccleuch, with a certain company of the darsi lye near him; wt many other cruell words, the thieves of Annandale. With him they were less af
chewhereof 'was certainly haid to my said ser-| feared, and made them manfully to the field contrary vaunts, before theyre enterprice maid vppon him; them, and said to the king in this manner, 'Sir, yon is most humbly beseeching your majesty, that youre high- Buccleuch, and thieves of Annandale with him, to ces thanks may concur vnto theyme, whose names be unbeset your grace from the gate (i. e. interrupt your here inclosed, and to have in your most gracious passage). I vow to God they shall either fight or flee; memory, the paynfull and diligent service of my pore and ye shall tarry here on this know, and my brother Serraunte Wharton, and thus, as I am most bounden, George with you, with any other company you please; stall dispose wt them that be under me f...". and I shall pass, and put yon thieves off the ground, DoT aunce of your highnes enemys. In resentment and rid the gate unto your grace, or else die for it.' of this foray, Buccleuch, with other Border chiefs, The king tarried still, as was devised, and George
embled an army of 3000 riders, with which they Douglas with him, and sundry other lords, such as the penetrated into Northumberland, and laid waste the Earl of Lennox, and the Lord Erskine, and some of the Contry as far as the banks of Bramish. They baftled, king's own servants; but all the lave (rest) past with or defeated, the English forces opposed to them, and the Earl of Angus to the field against the Laird of returned loaded with prey.-PINKERTON'S History, vol. Buccleuch, who joyned and countered cruelly both the II. p. 318.
said parties in the field of Darnelinver,' either against
other, with uncertain victory. But at the last, the Lord Note 5. Slanza vii.
Hume, hearing word of that matter how it stood, Bards long shall tril,
returned again to the king in all possible haste, with How Lord Walter fell.
him the lairds of Cessfoord and Fairnyhirst, to the Sir Walter Scott of Buccleuch succeeded to his number of fourscore spears, and set freshly on the lap grundfather, Sir David, in 1492. He was a brave and and wing of the Laird of Buccleuch's field, and shortly powerful baron, and warden of the West Marches of bare them backward to the ground; which caused the Scotland. His death was the consequence of a feud laird of Buccleuch, and the rest of his friends, to go betwixt the Scotts and Kerrs, the history of which is back and flee, whom they followed and chased; and necessary, to explain repeated allusions in the romance. especially the lairds of Cessfoord and Fairnyhirst fol
la the year 1526, in the words of Pitscottie, « the lowed furiouslie, till at the foot of a path the Laird of Earl of Angus, and the rest of the Douglasses, ruled all Cessfoord was slain by the stroke of a spear by an which they liked, and no man durst say the contrary; Elliott, who was then servant to the Laird of Buccleuch.
herefore the king (James V., then a minor) was hea- But when the Laird of Cessfoord was slain, the chase vil displeased, and would fain have been out of their ceased. The Earl of Angus returned again with great bands, if he might by any way: And, to that effect, merriness and victory, and thanked God that he saved wrote a quiet and secret letter with his own liand, and him from that chance, and passed with the king to sent it to the Laird of Buccleuch, beseeching him that Melross, where they remained all that night. On the he would come with his kin and friends, and all the morn they passed to Edinburgh with the king, who was foree that he might be, and meet him at Melross, at bis very sad and dolorous of the slaughter of the Laird of bom-passing, and there to take him out of the Doug-|Cessfoord, and many other gentlemen and veomen lasses hands, and to put him to liberty, to use himself slain by the laird of Buccleuch, containing the number among the lave (rest) of his lords, as he thinks expe- of fourscore and fifteen, which died in defence of the dient.
king, and at the command of his writing.» This letter was quietly directed, and sent by one of lam not the first who has attempted to celebrate in the king's own secret servants, which was received very verse the renown of this ancient baron, and his hathankfully by the Laird of Buccleuch, who was very glad thereof, to be put to such charges and familiarity | Darnwick, near Melrose. The place of conflict is still called with his prince, and did great diligence to perform the Skinner's Field, from a corruption of Skirmish Field.
zardous attempt to procure his sovereign's freedom. In and, as might be expected, they were often, as in the a Scottish Latin poet we find the following verses: present case, void of the effect desired. When Sir Wal
ter Mauny, the renowned follower of Edward III., had VALTERIUS SCOTU. BALCLECHU..
taken the town of Ryoll, in Gascony, he remembered Egregio suscepto facinore, libertate Regis, ac aliis rebus gestis
to have heard that his father lay there buried, and claras, sub JACOBO V. A' Christi, 1526. Intentata aliis, nallique audita priorum
offered a lundred crowns to any who could show him Audet, nec pavidom morsve, metusve, quatit,
his grave. A very old man appeared before Sir Walter, Libertatem aliis soliti transcribere Regis :
and informed him of the manner of bis father's death, Subreptam bane Regi restituisse paras ;
and the place of his sepulture. It seems the Lord of Si vincis, quanta O succedunt præmia dextrae; Sin victus, falsas spes jace, pone animam.
Mauny had, at a great tournament, unhorsed and Hostica vis pocuit: stant alta robora mentis
wounded to the death a Gascon knight, of the house of Atque decas. Vincet, Rege probante, fides.
Mirepoix, whose kinsman was bishop of Cambray. For INSITA queis animis virtus, quosque acrior ardor
this deed he was held at feud by the relations of the Obsidet, obscuris nos premat an tenebris ? Heroes ex omni Historia Scotica (lectissimi, Auctore Jouan.
knight, until he agreed to undertake a pilgrimage to JONSTONIO, Abredonense Scoto, 1603.
the shrine of St James of Compostella, for the benefit
of the soul of the deceased. But as he returned through In consequence of the battle of Melrose, there ensued the town of Ryoll, after accomplishment of bis vow, be a deadly feud betwixt the names of Scott and Kerr, was beset, and treacherously slain, by the kindred of which, in spite of all means used to bring about an the knight whom he had killed. Sir Walter, guided agreement, raged for many years upon the Borders. by the old man, visited the lowly tomb of his father, Buccleuch was imprisoned, and his estates forfeited, and, having read the inscription, which was in Latin, in the year 1535, for levying war against the Kerrs, he caused the body to be raised, and transported to his and restored by act of parliament, dated 15th March, native city of Valenciennes, where masses were, in the 1542, during the regency of Mary of Lorraine. But days of Froissart, duly said for the soul of the unfortuthe most signal act of violence, to which this quarrel nate pilgrim.-Cronycle of FROISSART, vol. I, p. 123. gave rise, was the murder of Sir Walter himself, who was slain by the Kerrs in the streets of Edinburgh, in
Note 7. Stanza viii. 1552. This is the event alluded to in Stanza VI.; and . While Cessford owns the rule of Car. the poem is supposed to open shortly after it had the family of Ker, Kerr, or Car,' was very powerfal taken place.
on the Border. Fynes Morrison remarks, in his TraThe feud between these two families was not recon- vels, that their influence extended from the village of ciled in 1596, when both chieftains paraded the streets Preston-Grange, in Lothian, to the limits of England. of Edinburgh with their followers, and it was expected Cessford Castle, the ancient baronial residence of the their first meeting would decide their quarrel. But, on family, is situated near the village of Morebattle, withia July 14th of the same year, Colvil, in a letter to Mr two or three miles of the Cheviot Hills. It has been Bacon, informs him, «that there was great trouble on a place of great strength and consequence, but is now the Borders, which would continue till order should be ruinous. Tradition affirms, that it was founded by taken by the Queen of England and the King, by reason Halbert, or Habby Kerr, a gigantic warrior, concerning of the two young Scots chieftains, Cessford and Bac- whom many stories are current in Roxburghshire. The clugh, and of the present necessity and scarcity of corn Duke of Roxburghe represents Ker of Cessford: a disamongst the Scots Borderers and riders. That there tinct and powerful branch of the same name own the had been a private quarrel betwixt, these two lairds, on Marquis of Lothian as their chief. Hence the distinction the Borders, which was like to have turned to blood; betwixt Kers of Cessford and Fairnihirst. but the fear of the general trouble bad reconciled them, and the injuries which they thought to have
Note 8. Stanza x. committed against each other were now transferred
- Before Lord Cranstoun she should wel, upon England: not unlike that emulation in France The Cranstoups, Lord Cranstoun, are an ancient Borbetween the Baron de Biron and Mons. Jeverie, who, der family, whose chief seat was at Crailing, in Teviotbeing both ambitious of honour, undertook more dale. They were at this time at feud with the clan of hazardous enterprises against the enemy, than they Scott; for it appears that the lady of Buccleuch, in 153-. would have done if they had been at concord together.»
beset the laird of Cranstoun, seeking his life. Never-Bircu's Memorials, vol. II, p. 69.
theless, the same Cranstoun, or perhaps his son, was
married to a daughter of the same lady.
Note 9. Stanza xi.
or Bethune's line of Picardie. Among other expedients resorted to for staunching The Bethunes were of French origin, and derived! the feud betwixt the Scotts and the Kerrs, there was a their name from a small town in Artois. There were bond executed, in 1529, between the heads of each clan, several distinguished families of the Bethunes in the binding themselves to perform reciprocally the four neighbouring province of Picardy ; they numbered principal pilgrimages of Scotland, for the benefit of the among their descendants the celebrated Due de Sully. souls of those of the opposite name who had fallen in and the name was accounted among the most noble in the quarrel. This indepture is printed in the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, vol. I. But cither it never took
1 The name is spelled differently by the various families who lear effect, or else the feud was renewed shortly afterwards it. Car is selected, not as the most correct, but as the most portal
Such pactions were not uncommon in feudal times ; reading.
France, while aught noble remained in that country.' turned from the Holy Land to his castle of DrummelThe family of Bethune, or Beatoun, in Fife, produced ziar, found his fair lady nursing a healthy child, whose three learned and dignified prelates; namely, Cardinal birth did not by any means correspond to the date of Beans, and two successive archbishops of Glasgow, all his departure. Such an occurrence, to the credit of of show fourished about the date of the romance, the dames of the crusaders be it spoken, was so "rare, of this family was descended Dame Janet Beaton, Lady that it required a miraculous solution. The lady, there| Lacrieuch, widow of Sir Walter Scott of Branksome. fore, was believed, when she averred confidently, that Sue was a woman of masculine spirit, as appeared from the Spirit of the Tweed had issued from the river while bandang at the head of her son's clan, after her hus- she was walking upon its bank, and compelled her to band's murder. She also possessed the hereditary abili-submit to his embraces: and the name of Tweedie was is of ber family in such a degree, that the supersti- bestowed upon the child, who afterwards became Baron lica of the vulgar imputed them to supernatural of Drummelziar, and chief of a powerful clan. To Loowledge. With this was mingled, by faction, the foul those spirits were also ascribed, in Scotland, the accusatian of her havior influenced Queen Mary to the Darder of her husband. One of the placards, preserved
-airy tongues, that syllable men's names,
On sands, and shores, and desert wildernesses. a Bucbapao's Detection, accuses of Darnley's murder
the Erie of Bothwell, Mr James Balfour, the persoun When the workmen were engaged in erecting the of Fliske Mr David Chalmers, black Mr John Spens, | ancient church of Old Deer, in Aberdeenshire, upon a who was principal deviser of the murder; and the Quene small hill called Bissau, they were surprised to find that senting thairto, throw the persuasion of the Erle Both- the work was impeded by supernatural obstacles. As sell, and the witchcraft of Lady Buckleuch.»
length, the Spirit of the River was heard to say,
Note 10. Stanza xi.
It is not bere, it is not here,
That ye sball build the church of Deer; li learn'd the art that nang may game,
But on Taptillery, la Padua, far beyond the sea.
W.cre many a corpse shall lie. Padaa was long supposed, by the Scottish peasants, ter be the priacipal school of necromancy. The Earl of the site of the edifice was accordingly transferred to Iwnie, slain at Perth, in 1600, pretended, during his | Taptillery, an eminence at some distance from the tudies in Italy, to have acquired some knowledge of place where the building had been commenced.-Machar cabala, by which, he said, he could charm snakes, FARLANE'S MSS. I mention these popular fables, bead nork other miracles; and, in particular, could pro cause the introduction of the River and Mountain uce children without the intercourse of the sexes. Spirits may not, at first sight; seem to accord with the mert blue examination of Wemyss of Bogie before the general tone of the romance, and the superstitions of Privy Council, concerning Gowrie's Conspiracy., the country where the scene is laid. Nofe 11. Stanza xi.
Note 13. Stanza xix.
A fancied moss-irooper, etc.
This was the usual appellation of the marauders upon The shadow of a necromancer is independent of the the Borders; a profession diligently pursued by the inan.-Glycas informs us, that Simon Magus caused his habitants on both sides, and by none more actively and Andere to go before him, making people believe it was successfully than by Buccleuch's clan. Long after the
atrodant spirit.-UEYwood's Hierarchie, p. 475. union of the crowns, the moss-troopers, although sunk The vulgar conceive, that when a class of students have in reputation, and no longer enjoying the pretext of made a certain progress in their mystic studies, they national hostility, continued to pursue their calling. se obliged to run through a subterraneous hall, where Fuller includes, among the wonders of Cumberland, ther devil literally catches the hindmost in the race, « The moss-troopers : so strange in the condition of sabeng he crosses the ball so speedily, that the arch-enemy their living, if considered in their Original, Increase, zavaly apprehend his shadow. In the latter case, the Height, Decay, and Ruine. person of the sage never after throws any shade; and 1. « Original. I conceive them the same called Soue, who have thus lost their shadow, always prove Borderers in Mr Cambden; and characterised by him best magicians.
to be, a wild and warlike people. They are called
moss-troopers, because dwelling in the mosses, and ridNote 127 Stanza xii.
ing in troops together. They dwell in the bounds, or The viewless forms of air.
meeting, of the two kingdoms, but obey the laws of The Scottish vulgar, without having any very defined neither. They come to church as seldom as the 29th notion of their attributes, believe in the cxistence of February comes into the kalendar. an intermediate class of spirits residing in the air, or 2. « Increase. When England and Scotland were a the waters ; to whose agency they ascribe floods, united in Great Britain, they that formerly lived by hossorms, and all such phenomena as their own philoso-tile incursions, betook themselves to the robbing of ply cannot readily explain. They are supposed to their neighbours. Their sons are free of the trade by aterfere in the affairs of mortals, sometimes with a their father's copy. They are like to Job, not in piety malevolent purpose, and sometimes with milder views. and paticoce, but in sudden plenty and poverty; somek is said, for example, that a gallant baron, having re times having flocks and herds in the morning, nonc at
night, and perchance many again next day. They may 'This expression and sentiment were dictated by the situation of France, in the year 1803, when the poem was originally written,
give for their mottoe, vivitur ex rapto, stealing from their honest neighbours what they sometimes require. They are a pest of hornets: strike one, and stir all of descended from the ancient house of Hassendean.» them about your ears. Indeed, if they promise safely lands of Deloraine now give an earl's 'title to the to conduct a traveller, they will perform it with the scendant of Henry, the second surviving son of the fidelity of a Turkish janizary: otherwise, woe bc to him chess of Buccleuch and Monmouth. I have endeava that falleth into their quarters!
to give William of Deloraine the attributes which 3. « lleight. Amounting, forty years since, to some racterised the Borderers of his day; for which I can thousands. These compelled the vicinage to purchase plead Froissart's apology, that, « it behoveth, their security, by paying a constant rent to them.- lynage, some to be folyshe and outrageous, to m When in their greatest height, they had two great cne-teyne and sustayne the peasable. As a contrast ti mies- the Laws of the Land, and the Lord William | Marchman, I beg leave to transcribe, from the Howard of Naworth. He sent many of them to Car-author, the speech of Amergot Marcell, a captain a lisle, to that place where the officer doth always his Adventurous Companions, a robber, and a pillag work by day-light. Yet these moss-troopers, if possi- the country of Auvergne, who had been bribed to bly they could procure the pardon for a condemned his strong-holds, and to assume a more honou person of their company, would advance great sums out military life under the banners of the Earl of Ar of their common stock, who, in such a case, cast in nac. But « when he remembered alle this, he wa their lots amongst themselves, and all have one purse. rowful; his tresour be thought he wolde not myy
4. « Decay. Caused by the wisdom, valour, and he was wonte dayly to serche for newe pyllages, y diligence of the Right Honourable Charles Lord Howard, bye encresed his profyte, and then he sawe tha Earl of Carlisle, who routed these English Tories with
was closed fro' hym. Then he sayde and image his regiment. His severity unto them will not only be that to pyll and to robbe (all thyoge considered) excused, but commended, by the judicious, who consi- good lyfe, and so repented hym of his good doing. der how our great lawyer doth describe such persons, a tyme, he said to his old companyons, Sirs, the who are solemnly outlawed. Bracton, lib. 8. trac. 2. no sporte nor glory in this worlde amonge men of w cap. u.- Ex tunc gerunt caput lupinunt, ita quod but to use suche lyfe as we have done in tyme sine judiciali inquisitione rite pereant, et secum suum | What a joy was it to us when we rode forth at a judicium portent; et merito sine lege pereunt, quiture, and sometyme found by the way a riche prio secundum legem vivere recusarunt, — Thenceforward, merclraunt, or a route of mulettes of Mountpellye (after that they are outlawed) they wear a wolf's head, | Narbonne, of Lymens, of Fongans, of Besyers, of so that they lawfully may be destroyed, without anyju-lous, or of Carcassone, laden with cloth of Brussel dicial inquisition, as who carry their own condemna- peltre ware comynge fro the fayres, or laden tion about them, and deservedly dic without law, be- spycery fro Bruges, fro Damas, or fro Alysaut cause they refused to live according to law.'
whatsoever we met, all was ours, or els ransout 5. « Ruine. Such was the success of this worthy our pleasures ; dayly we gate new money, and the lord's severity, that he made a thorough reformation laynes of Auvergne and of Lymosyn dayly provided among them; and the ringleaders being destroyed, the brought to our castell whete mele, good wynes, by rest are reduced to legall obedience, and so, I trust, will and fatte mottons, pullayne, and wylde foule : We continue.»— FULLER's Worthies of England, p. 216. ever furnyshed as tho we had been kings. Whe
The last public mention of moss-troopers occurs dur rode forthe, all the countrey trymbled for feare: al ing the civil wars of the 17th century, when many ours goyng and comynge. Howe tok we Carlast, ordinances of parliament were directed against them. the Bourge of Compaype, and I and Perot of Ber Note 14. Stanza xix.
took Caluset : how dyd we scale, with lytell ayde, How the brave boy, in future war,
strong castell of Marquell, pertayning to the Erl Should ta ipe the unicorn's pride,
phyn: I kept it nat past fyve days, but I receyved Exalt the crescent and the star,
on a feyre table, fyve thousand franks, and forgave The arms of the Kerrs of Cessford, were, Vert on a thousande for the love of the Eri Dolphyn's chil cheveron, betwixt three unicorns' heads erasedargent, By my fayth, this was a fayre and a good lyfe; w three mullets sable; crest, a unicorn's head erased pro-fore I repute myselve sore deceyved, in that I have per. The Scotts of Buccleuch bore, Or on a bend azure; dered up the fortress of Aloys; for it wolde have a star of six points betwixt two crescents of the first. fro alle the worlde, and the day that I gave it u
was fournyshed with vytalles, to have been kept ! Note 15. Stanza xx.
yere without any re-vytaylynge. This Erl of Army ---Williami of Deloraine.
hath deceyved me: Olyve Barbe, and Perot le Beri The lands of Deloraine are joined to those of Buc- shewed to me how I shulde repent myself: certa cleuch, in Ettrick Forest. They were immemorially sore repent myselfe of what I have done.'»- Fro possessed by the Buccleuch family, under the strong | vol. II, p. 195. title of occupancy, although no charter was obtained from the crown until 1545.-Like other possessions,
Note 16. Stanza xxi. the lands of Deloraine were occasionally granted by
By wily turns, by desperate bounds, them to vassals, or kinsmen, for Border service. Satchells
Had baffled Percy's best blood-bounds. mentions, among the twenty-four gentlemen pensioners The kings and heroes of Scotland, as well as the of the family, « William Scott, commonly called Cut-der-riders, were sometimes obliged to study how to e at-the-Black, who had the lands of Nether Deloraine, for the pursuit of blood-hounds. Barbour informs us, his service. And again, « This Williami of Deloraine, Robert Bruce was repeatedly tracked by slet commonly called Cut-at-the-Black, was a brother of the On one occasion, he escaped by wading a bow-sl ancient house of Haining, which house of Jaining is la brook, and ascending into a tree by a branch
THE LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL.
terbang the water : thus leaving no trace on land of longed formerly to a family of Scotts, thus commemo Botsteps, he baftled the scent. The pursuers came rated by Satchells:
Hassendean came withont a call,
The ancientest house among them all.
Note 19. Stanza xxvii.
On Minto-crags the moon-beams clint.
A romantic assemblage of cliffs, which rise suddenly The Bruce, Book vil. Labeve the
above the vale of Teviot, in the immediate vicinity of
date of Tavint in the A mare vay of stopping the dog was 10 spill blood the family seat, from which Lord Minto takes his title. na the track, which destroyed the discriminating A small platform, on a projecting crag, commanding a
oss of his scent. A captive was sometimes sacri most beautiful prospect, is termed Barnhills' Bed. This Non sach occasions. Henry the Minstrel tells a ro Barnhills is said to have been a robber, or outlaw. There ratic story of Wallace, founded on this circumstance: are remains of a strong tower beneath the rocks, where The bero's little band had been joined by an Irish- he is supposed to have dwelt, and from which he de
mmed Fawdon, or Fadzean, a dark, savage, and rived his name. On the summit of the crags are the spicious character. After a sharp skirmish at Black- fragments of another ancient tower, in a picturesque De Side, Wallace was forced to retreat with only six situation. Among the houses cast down by the Earl of a flowers. The English pursued with a Border Hartforde, in 1545, occur the towers of Easter-Barnhills, nes-bratch, or blood-hound:
and of Minto crag, with Minto town and place. Sir
Gilbert Elliot, father to the present Lord Minto,' was La Gelderland there was that bratchet bred, Siker of seat, to follow them that fled;
the author of a beautiful pastoral song, of which the bo was be used in Eske and Liddesdail,
following is a more correct copy than is usually pubWhile (1. e. till she cat blood no fleeing might avail. lished. The poetical mantle of Sir Gilbert Elliot has la the retreat, Fawdon, tired, or affecting to be so,
descended to his family. held pa do farther : Wallace, having in vain argued
My sheep I neglected, I broke my sheep-hook, ni him, in hasty anger, struck off his head, and con.
And all the gay haunts of my youth I forsook : hned the retreat. When the English came up, their
No more for Amynta fresh garlands I wover
Ambition, I said, would soon cure me of love. und stayed upon the dead body :
But what bad my youth with ambition to do? The sleath stopped at Fawdon, still she stood,
Why left I Amyota 1 why broke I my vow! Mor farther would fra time sbe fund the blood.
Through regions remote in vain do I rove, The story concludes with a fine Gothic scene of ter
And bid the wide world secure me from love.
Ah, fool! to imagine, that aught could subdue 1. Wallace took refuge in the solitary tower of Gask.
A love so well founded, a passion so true! page he was disturbed at midnight by the blast of a
Ah, give me my sbeep, and my sheep-hook restore, in be sent out his attendants by two and two, but
And I'll wander from love and Amyola no more! Bote returned with tidings. At length, when he was dukee, the sound was heard still louder. The cham
Alas! 't Is too late at thy fate to repine
Poor shepherd, Amynta no more can be thine! na descended, sword in hand; and, at the gate of the
Thy tears are all fruitless, thy wishes are vain, it, was encountered by the headless spectre of Faw
The moments neglected return not again. la whom he had slain so rashly. Wallace, in great
Ah! what bad my youth with ambition to do?
Why left I Amyata ? why broke I my vow?
Note 20. Stanza xxviii. sheht up the river. Looking back to Gask, he dis
ancient Riddel's fair domain pered the tower on fire, and the form of Fawdon upon baltlements, dilated to an immense size, and hold
The family of Riddel have been very long in possesa kis hand a blazing rafter. The minstrel con
sion of the barony called Riddell, or Ryedale, part of
which still bears the latter name. Tradition carries Trust yet wele, that all this be sooth, indeed,
their antiquity to a point extremely remote; and is, in supposing it be po point of the creod.
some degree, sanctioned by the discovery of two stone
The Wallace, Book v. coffins, one containing an earthen pot filled with ashes Mr Ellis has extracted this tale as a sample of Henry's
and arms, bearing a legible date, A.D. 727; the other Ketry - Specimens of English Poetry, vol. I, p. 351.
dated 936, and filled with the bones of a man of gigan
tic size. These coffins were discovered in the foundaNote 17. Stanza xxv.
tions of what was, but has long ceased to be, the chapel Dimly be view'd the Moat-bill's mound.
of Riddell; and, as it was argued, with plausibility, that This is a round artificial mound near Hawick, which, they contained the remains of some ancestors of the rom its rame (ot, Ang. Sax. Concilium, Conventus), family, they were deposited in the modern place of las probably anciently used as a place for assembling sepulture, comparatively so termed, though built in
ethal council of the adjacent tribes. There are 1110. But the following curious and authentic docuuzy sucb mounds in Scotland, and they are sometimes,
ments warrant more conclusively the epithet of «anrarely, of a square form.
cient Riddel :» ist, A charter by David I. to Walter
Rydale, sheriff of Roxburgh, confirming all the estates Note 18. Stanza xxv.
of Liliesclive, etc., of which bis father, Gervasius de RyDeneath the tower of Hazeldean. the estate of Hazeldean, corruptly Hassendean, bel Grandfather to the present earl.-1819.