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« Not thine a race of mortal blood,
Nor old Glengyle's pretended line; Thy dame, the Lady of the Flood,
Thy sire, the Monarch of the Mine.»
He mutter'd thrice St Oran's rhyme,
And thrice Si Fillan's powerful prayer ; (5) Then turo'd him to the eastern clime,
And sternly shook his coal-black hair.
And, bending o'er his larp, he flung
His wildest witch-notes on the wind; And loud, and high, and strange, they rung,
As many a magic change they find.
Tall wax'd the Spirit's altering form,
Till to the roof ber stature grew; Then, uningling with the rising storm,
With one wild yell, a way she flew.
Rain beats, hail raules, whirlwinds tear:
The slender hat in fragments New; But not a lock of Moy's loose hair
Was waved by wind, or wet by dew.
Note 1. Stanza iii.
Well can the Saxon widows tell. The term Sassenach, or Saxon, is applied by the Highlanders to their Low-country neighbours.
Note 2. Stanza i. How blazed Lord Ronald's beltane tree. The fires lighted by the Highlanders on the first of May, in compliance with a custom derived from the Pagan times, are termed, the Beltane Tree. It is a festival celebrated with various superstitious rites, both in the north of Scotland and in Wales.
Note 3. Stanza vii.
The seer's propbetic spirit found, etc. I can only describe the second sight, by adopting Dr Johoson's definition, who calls it « an impression, either by the mind upon the eye, or by the eye upon the mind, by which things distant and future are perceived and seen as if they were present. To which I would only add, that the spectral appearances, thus presented, usually presage misfortune ; that the faculty is painful to those who suppose they possess it; and that they usually acquire it, while themselves under the pressure of melancholy.
Note 4. Stanza xxii.
Will good St Oran's rule prevail. St Oran was a friend and follower of St Columba, and was buried in lcolmkill. His pretensions to be a saiot were rather dubious. According to the legend, he consented to be buried alive, in order to propitiate certaia demons of the soil, who obstructed the attempts of Columba to build a chapel. Columba caused the body of his friend to be dug up, after three days had elapsed; when Oran, to the horror and scandal of the assistants, declared, that there was neither a God, a judgment, nor a future state ! He had no time to make further discoveries, for Columba caused the earth once more to be shovelled over him with the utmost dispatch. The chapel, however, and the cemetry, was called Reilig Ouran; and, in memory of his rigid celibacy, no female was permitted to pay her devotions, or be buried, in that place. This is the rule alluded to in the
Wild mingling with the howling gate,
Loud bursts of ghastly laughter rise; High o'er the minstrel's head they sail,
And die amid the northern skies.
The voice of thunder shook the wood,
As ceased the more than mortal yell; And, spattering foul, a shower of blood
Upon the hissing firebrands feli.
Next, dropp'd from high a mangled arm;
The fingers straip'd a half-drawn blade; And last, the life-blood streaming warm,
Torn from the trunk, a gasping liead.
Oft o'er that head, in battling field,
Stream'd the proud crest of high Benmore; That arm the broad claymore could wield,
Which dyed the Teith with Saxou gore.
fountains, etc. in Scotland. He was, according to Ca. is a ruined chapel. Brotherstone is a heath, in the merarius, an abbot of Pittenweem, in Fife, from which neighbourhood of Smaylho'me Tower. situation he retired, and died a hermit in the wilds of This ancient fortress and its vicinity formed the scene Gleourchy, A.D. 649. While engaged in transcribing of the author's infancy, and seemed to claim from hian the Scriptures, his left hand was observed to send forth this attempt to celebrate them in a Border tale. The such a splendour, as to afford light to that with wbich catastrophe of the tale is founded upon a well-known he wrote; a miracle which saved many candles to the Irish tradition. convent, as St Fillan used to spend whole nights in that exercise. The gth of January was dedicated to this Tag Baron of Smaylho'me rose with day, saint who gave his name to KilGlan, in Renfrew, and le spurr'd his courser on. St Phillans, or Forgend, in Fife. Lesley, lib. 7. tells us, without stop or stay, down the rocky way, that Robert the Bruce was possessed of Fillan's miracu.
was possessed of Fillan's miracu. That leads to Brotherstone. lous and luminous arm, which he inclosed in a silver shrine, and had it carried at the head of bis army. Pre- lle went not with the bold Buccleuch, vious to the battle of Bannockburn, the king's chap-1 His banner broad to rear; Jain, a man of little faith, abstracted the relic, and de He went not 'gainst the English yew
dit in some place of security, lest it should fall To lift the Scottish spear. | into the hands of the English. But, lo! while Robert was addressing bis prayers to the empty casket, it was Yet his plate-jack' was braced, and his belmet was laceri, observed to open and shui suddenly; and, on inspection, And his vaunt-brace of proof he wore; the saint was found to have himself deposited his arın At his saddle-gerthe was a good steel sperthe, in the shrine, as an assurance of victory. Such is the full ten pound weight and more. tale of Lesley. But though Bruce little needed that the arm of St Fillan should assist his own, he dedicated to The baron return'd in three days' space, him, in gratitude, a priory at Killin, upon Loch Tay. Afd bis looks were sad and sour;
In the Scots Magazine for July, 1802 (a national pe- and weary was his courser's pace, riodical publication, which has lately revived with con- As he reachd his rocky tower. siderable energy), there is a copy of a very curious crown-grant, dated uth July, 1487, by wliich James He came not from where Ancram Moor? III. confirms to Malice Doire, an inhabitant of Strath- Rau red with English blood; fillan, in Perthshire, the peaccable exercise and enjoy. | Where the Douglas true, and the bold Buccleuch, ment of a relic of St Fillan, called the Quegrich, which Gainst keen Lord Evers stood. be, and his predecessors, are said to have possessed since the days of Robert Bruce. As the Quegrich was Yet was his helmet hackd and hewod, used to cure diseases, this document is, probably, the His acton pierced and tore ; most apcient patent ever granted for a quack medicine. His axe aod his dagger with blood embrued, The ingenious correspondent, by whom it is furnished, but it was not English gore. further observes, that additional particulars concerning St Fillan are to be found in BALLENDEN'S Boece, Book le lighted at the Chapellage, 4, folio ccxiii, and in Pennant's Tour in Scotland, 1772, He held him close and still; pp. 11, 15.
And he wlristled thrice for his little foot-page,
His name was English Will.
THE EVE OF SAINT JOHN.
«Come thou bither, my little foot-page;
Come hither to my knee;
| Though thou art young, and tender of age, SMAYLIO'ME, or Smallholm Tower, the scene of the fol- I think thou art true to me.
lowing ballad, is situated on the northern boundary of
Sandiknow Crags, the property of Hugh Scott, Esq. of And look thou tell me true!
ed by an outer wall, now ruinous. The circuit of the What did thy lady do ?»
outer court, being defended, on three siles, by a pre-
steep and rocky path. The apartments, as is nenal in l That burns on the wild Watchfold ;
and communicate by a narrow stair ; on the roof are of the English foemen told.
1. The bittern clamourd from the moss, grate; the distance between them being nine feet, the! The wind blew loud and shrill; thickness, namely, of the wall. From the elevated si-Yet the cracey pathway she did cross, tuation of Smaylho'me Tower, it is seen many miles in
To the eiry beacon hill. every direction. Among the crags, by which it is surrounded, one, more eminent, is called The Watch fou: 'The plate-jack is coat-armour; the tand-brace, ar waabude,
| armour for the body; the sperthe, a baule-are. and is said to have been the station of a beacon, in the see an account of the battle of Ancran Mour, rabjolsed the times of war with England. Withont the lower-court ballad.
al watch'd her steps, and silent came
1 . At the lone midnight hour, when bad spirits have Where she sat her on a stone;
power, No watchman stood by the dreary flame;
• In thy chamber will I be.'It burned all alone.
With that he was gone, and my lady left alone,
And no more did I see.»— «The second night I kept her in sight, Till to the fire she came, .
Then changed. I trow, was that bold baron's brow, And, by Mary's might! an armed knight
From the dark to the blood-red high; Stood by the lonely flame.
« Now, tell me the mien of the knight thou hast seen,
For, by Mary, he shall die !» « And many a word that warlike lord Did speak to my lady there;
« His arms shone full bright in the beacon's red light, But the raio fell fast, and loud blew the blast,
His plume it was scarlet and blue; * Aad I heard not what they were.
On his shield was a hound, in a silver leash bound,
And liis crest was a branch of the yew.» « The third night there the sky was fair,
« Thou liest, thou liest, thou little foot-page, And the mountain blast was still,
Loud dost thou lie to me! As again I watch'd the secret pair,
For that knight is cold, and low laid in the mould, On the lonesome beacon hill.
All under the Eildon-tree,» And I heard her name the midnight hour,
« Yet hear but my word, my noble lord, And pame this holy eve;
For I heard hier name his name ; And say, 'Come this night to thy lady's bower;
And that lady bright, she call'd the knight, ! "Ask no bold baron's leave.
Sir Richard of Coldinghame.» "He lifts bis spear with the bold Buccleuch;
The bold baron's brow then changed, I trow, His lady is all alone;
From high blood-red to pale"The door she'll undo to her knight so true,
« The grave is deep and dark-and the corpse is stiff On the eve of good St John.'
and starkI cannot come; I must not come;
So I may not trust thy tale. I dare not come to thee;
« Where fair Tweed flows round holy Melrose, On the eve of Saint John I must wander alone
And Eildon slopes to the plain, "lo thy bower I may not be.'
Full three nights ago, by some secret foc,
That gay gallant was slain.
« The varying light deceived thy sight, * For the eve is sweet, and when lovers meet,
And the wild winds drown'd the name; -Is worth the whole summer's day.
For the Dryburgh bells ring, and the white monks do
sing And I'll chain the blood-hound, and the warder shall For Sir Richard of Coldinghame !»
not sound, And rushes shall be strewd on the stair,
He pass'd the court-gale, and he opend the tower So, by the black rood-stone,' and by boly St Jolin,
grate, I conjure, thee, my love, to be there!
| And be mounted the narrow stair,
To the bartizan-seat, where, with maids that on her Though the blood-hound be mute, and the rush be
wait, neath my foot,
He found his lady fair. · And the warder his bugle should not blow, . Yet there sleepeth a priest in the chamber to the That lady sat in mournful mood; . east,
Look'd over buill aud dale ; “Aod my footstep be would know.'
Over Tweed's fair flood, and Mertoun's' wood,
And all down Tevioidale. *O fear not the priest, who sleepesh to the east ! “For to Dryburglıthe way he has ta'en ;
« Now hail, now hail, thou Jady bright!» And there to say mass, till three days do pass,
« Now hail, thou baron true! 'For the soul of a knight that is slayne.'
What news, what news, from Ancram fight?
What news from the bold Buccleuch ?» «He turn'd him round, and grimly he frown'd; Then he laugh'd right scornfully
« The Ancram Moor is red with gore "He who says the mass-rite for the soul of that knight! For many a southero fell; May as well say mass for me.
And Buccleuch bas charged us, evermore,
To watch our beacons well.» 'The black rood of Melrose was a crucifix of black marble, and of superior sanctity.
1 Eildon is a high hill, terminating in three conical summits, inDryburgh Abbey is beautifully situated on the banks of the mediately above the town of Melrose, where are the admired ruins Tweed. After its dissolution, it became the property of the Bali- of a magnific at monastery. Eildon-tree is said to be the spot burtons of New mains, and is now the seat of the right honourable where Thomas the Rhymer uttered bis prophecies. ibe Earl of Buchan. It belonged 10 the order of Premonstratenses. Mertoun is the beautiful seat of Hugh Scott, Esq. of Harden.
fountains, etc, in Scotland
Tlunt nun, who ne'er beholds the day, merarius, an abbot of Pittsnu
That mook, who speaks to none, situation he retired, and I
--Sar That nun was Smaylho'me's lady gay, Glepurchy, A.D. 619. !
That monk the bold baro!. the Scriptures, his left's such a splendour, ist he wrote; a miraci
NOTES. convent, as St Film exercise. The otis
- vody grave saint, who used
BATTLE OF AXCRAM MOOR. St Phillans, or l.
Lord Evers, and Sir Brian Latouo, during the year! that Robert the
1544, committed the most dreadful ravages upon ti lous and lum
Scottish frontiers, compelling most of the jolabitinti, shrine, and his
and especially the men of Liddesdale, to take assurance vious to the
under the King of England. Upon the 19th November, lain, a mu
in that year, the sum total of their depredations stoe! posited in
thus, in the bloody ledger of Lord Eyers. into the
Towns, towers, barnekynes, paryshe was adi obser woud there
churches, bastill houses, burned the
and destroyed .
192 in the
Scots slain . . . .
Prisoners taken ........ $16
Nolt (cattle) ...... ar
· 10,386 are thy side:
Shepe ........ • 12,492
$50 Insiglit gear, etc. (furniture) an incalculable rever are said for me,
Murdin's State Papers, vol. I, p. 51. - Bear Tweed's fair strand,
The King of England had promised to these two bt
rons a feudal grant of the country, which they had the na eine wu the beacon's height,
reduced to a desert; upon hearing which, Srebibell S
Douglas, the seventh carl of Angus, is said to have ! a i to dwell.
sworn to write the deed of investiture upon their skor for a certain space,
with sharp pens and bloody ink, in resentment for - Bila u bual fro;
their having defaced the tombs of bis ancestors, at Me! * ter to come to thy bower, rose. - Godscroft. In 1545, Lord Evers and Lateen na vujured me so.»
again entered Scotland with an army, consisting
3000 mercenaries, 1500 English Borderers, and ;003 der brow she cross'd;
sured Scottishmen, chiefly Armstrongs, Turnbulls, anal, en bestellen best thou sped ?
other broken clans. Ju this second incursion, the Eng" we ar art thou lost?»—
lish generals even exceeded their former cruelty. Ess a whá his head !
burned the tower of Broomhouse with its lady (a doble
and aged woman, says Lesley), and her whole famile! w pet shell forfeit life;
The English penetrated as far as Melrose, which they V. * o believe:
had destroyed last year, and which they now again put . one is guilt above,
laged. As they relurned towards Jedburgh, they were has we receive.»
followed by Angus, at the head of 1000 horse, who 18
shortly after joined by the famous Norman Lesley, vit. med met palm on an oaken beam;
a body of Fife-men. The English, being probabls er en e pun her hind:
willing to cross the Teviot while the Scots hung up ? the devoteek, and fainting sunk,
their rear, halted upon Ancram Moor, above the ville We like a fiery brand.
of that name; and the Scottish general was deliberatung
whether to advance or retire, when Sir Walter Scout w awe of Gingers four, W that board impressid ;
"The editor bas found no instance upon record of this fen" Vi more that lady wore
having taken assurance with England. Hence tbey usually suffered
dreadfully from the English forays. In August, 544 (ibe year pa *** en her wrist.
ceding the battle), the wbole lands belongiog to Beccleuch, I es
Tevioidale, were barried by Erers; the out-works, or laralie, PPS ** mma in Dryburgh bower,
ibe tower of Branxbolm, burned ; eight Scots slain, thirty made s upou the sun:
prisoners, and an immense prey of borses, cattle, and sheep arta! ha m ouk in Melrose tower,
off. The lands upon Kale Water, belonging to the same hinda.
were also plaodered, and much spoil obtained, thirty Sous les aeth word to none.
and the Moss Tower (a fortress near Eckford) moked very
Thus Buccleuch had a long account to settle at Anoras Xoor. a wer-Place of rendezvous.
Nosis'. State Papers, pp. 45, 46.