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· Buccleuch came up, at full speed, with a small but Fair maiden Lylliard lies under this stane, Foxy body of liis retainers, the rest of whom were

Little was ber stature, but great was ber fame;

Upon the English louns she laid mony thumps, er at hand. By the advice of this experienced war

And w ben ber les were cutted off, sbe fought upon her stumps. mor 10 whose conduct Pitscottie and Buchanan ascribe

Vide Account of the Parish of Melrose. he success of the engagement), Angus withdrew from be height which he occupied, and drew up lois forces

It appears, from a passage in Stowe, that an ancestor biod it, upon a piece of low flat ground, called Pa

of Lord Evers held also a grant of Scottish lands from ier-beugh, or Peniel-beugh. The spare horses, being an English monarch. «I have seen.» says the histoent to an eminence in their rear, appeared to the Eng

the ene rian, « under the broad seale of the said King Edward Esh to be the main body of the Scots, in the act of 1., a manor called Ketnes, in the countie of Ferfare, in light. Under this persuasion, Evers and Latoun bur

Scotland, and neere the furthest part of the same naFied precipitately forward, and, having ascended the

tion northward, given to John Eure and his heirs, anmill, which their foes bad abandoned, were no less dis

cestor to the Lord Eure that now is, and for his service nayed than astonished, to find the phalanx of Scottish

done in these parles, with market, etc. dated at Lanerpearmep drawn up, in firm array, upon the flat ground

cost, the 20th day of October, apno regis, 34.»— clow. The Scots in their turo became the assailants.

| Stowe's Annals, p. 210. This grant, like that of beron, roused from the marshes by the tumult, soar. Henry, must have been dangerous to the receiver. daway betwixt the encountering armies : « (!» ex

Stanza xlviji. laimed Angus, « that I had here my white goss hawk,

There is a nun in Dryburgh bower. that we might all yoke at once!»-Godscroft. The The circumstance of the nun, « who never saw the Englisli, breathless and fatigued, having the setting sunday,» is not entirely imaginary. About fifty years ago, und sind full in their faces, were unable to withstand an unfortunate female wanderer took up her residence he resolute and desperate charge of the Scottislı lances in a dark vault, among the ruins of Dryburglı-Abbey, Ro sooner had they begun to waver, than their own al

which, during the day, she never quitied. When night ies, the assured Borderers, who had been waiting the fell, she issued from this miserable habitation, and

vent, threw aside their red crosses, and, joining their went to the house of Mr Haliburton, of Newmains, the Countrymen, made a most merciless slaughter among editor's great-grandfather, or to that of Mr Erskine, of bie English fugitives, the pursuers calling upon eachi Shielfield, two gentlemen of the neighbourliood. From other to « remember Broomlouse :»-Lesley, p. 478 their charity she obtained sucha necessaries as she could In the battle fell Lord Evers, and his son, together with be prevailed upon to accept. Ai twelve, each night, Bir Brian Latoun, and 800 Englishmen, many of whom sbe lighted her candle, and returced to her vault; asfere persons of rank. A thousand prisoners were

suring her friendly neighbours that, during her abaken. Among these was a patriotic alderman of Lon

sence, her habitation was arranged by a spirit, to whom lon, Read by name, who, having contumaciously re

she gave the uncouth name of Fatlips; describing him hused to pay his portion of a benevolence, demanded

as a little man, wearing heavy iron shoes, with which from the city by Henry VIII., was sent by royal autho-lhe trampled the clav floor of the vault. to dispel the ity to serve against the Scots. These, al settling bis damps.. This circumstance caused her to be regarded, ansom, be found still more exorbitant in their exac

by the well-informed, with compassion, as deranged in ions than the monarch.-REDPATH'S Border History, |

ory, her understanding; and by the vulgar, with some de1,553. Evers was much regretted by King Henry, |

grec of terror. The cause of her adopting this extrasho swore to avenge his death upon Angus; against

th upon Angus; against ordinary mode of life she would never explain. It was, bom lie conceived himself to have particular grounds

However, believed to have been occasioned by a vow, f resentment, on account of favours received by the

that, during the absence of a man, to whom she was arl at his hands. The answer of Angus was worthy I attached, she would never look upon the sun. Her fa Douglas. «Is our brother-in-law offended,» said

lover never returned. He fell during the civil war of le, e that I, as a good Scotsman, have avenged my ra- 45-6, and she never more would behold the light of aged country, and the defaced tombs of my ancestors, I day. pon Ralph Evers? They were better men than be, The vault, or rather dungeon, in which this unfortuad I was bound to do no less--and will he take my nate woman lived and died, passes still by the name of fe for that? Little koows King Henry the skirts of the supernatural being, with which its gloom was lelirnetable : 3 | can keep myself there against all his wanted by her disturbed imagination, and few of the nglish host.»—Godscroft.

neighbouring peasants dare enter it by night.

CADYOW CASTLE.

Such was the noted battle of Apcram Moor. The pot on which it was fought is called Lyliard's Edge, rom an Amazonian Scottish woman of that name, rho is reported, by tradition, to have distinguished ber. :If in the same manner as Squire Witherington. The Id people point oui her monument, now broken and efaced. The inscription is said to have been legible ithin this century, and to have run thus :

ADDRESSED TO THE
RIGUT HON. LADY ANNE HAMILTON.

Aerus bad married the widow of James IV., sister to king enry VIII. * Kiruetable, now called Cairntable, is a mountainous tract at the ad of Douglasdale.

The ruins of Cadyow, or Cadzow Castle, the ancient baronial residence of the family of Hamilton, are situated upon the precipitous banks of the river Evau, about two miles above its junction with the Clyde. It was dismantled in the conclusion of the civil wars, 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 Smaylbo'me Tower, situation he retired, and died a bermit in the wilds of This ancient fortress and its vicinity formed the sorbe Glenurchy, A.D. 649. While engaged in transcribing of the author's infancy, and seemed to claim from him 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 which catastrophc 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

| The Baron of Smaylho'me rose with day, saint who gave his name to Killan, in Renfrew, and le spurr'd his courser on, St Phillans, or Forgend, in Fife. Lesley, lib. 7. tells us, I wishon

Os, without stop or stay, down the rocky way, that Robert the Bruce 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 his army. Pre-Ile went not with the bold Baccleuch, vious to the battle of Bannockburn, the king's chap

His banner broad to rear; . lain, a man of little faith, abstracted the relic, and de- He went not 'gainst the English vew posited it 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 his prayers to the empty casket, it was Yet his plate-jack' was braced, and his helmet was laced, observed to open and shut suddenly; and, on inspection, And his vaint-brace of proof he wore; the saint was found to have himself deposited his arm 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 nccded 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. | Aufd 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 reaclid his rocky tower. siderable energy), there is a copy of a very curious crown-grant, dated with July, 1487, by wliich James the came not from where Ancram Moor? III. confirms to Malice Doire, an inhabitant of Strath- Rau red with Eaglish 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. lie, and his predecessors, are said to have possessed since the days of Robert Bruce. As the Quegrich was / Yet was his helmet hackd and hew'd, used to cure diseases, this document is, probably, the ! Ilis acion pierced and tore ; most ancient patent ever granted for a quack medicine. His axe and 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 He 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, SMAYLHO 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 Roxburghshire, among a cluster of wild rocks, called 1 « Come, tell me all that thou hast seen, Sandiknow Crags, the property of Hugh Scott, Esq. of And look thou tell me true! Harden. The toweris a high square building, surround-Since I from Smaylho'me tower have been, 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 precipice and morass. is accessible only from the west « My lady, each night, sought the lonely light, a steep and rocky path. The apartments, as is usual in l That burns on the wild Watchfold; a Border keep, or fortress, are placed one above another. | For, from height to height, the beacons bright and communicate by a narrow stair ; on the roof are

Of the English foemen told. two bartizans, or platforms, for defence or pleasure. The inner door of the tower is wood, the outer an iron

« 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 sin Yet the craggy 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 fold;

The plate-jack is coat-armour; the fant-brace, or waar and is said to have been the station of a beacon, in the

| armoar for the body; the sperthe, a baule-ase.

See an account of the battle of Ancram Moor, sabjoined a de times of war with England. Without the tower-court ballad.

I watch'd her steps, and silent came

* 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 Whou hast seen,

For, by Mary, he shall die!» je Ånd many a word that warlike lord Did speak to my lady there;

« His arms shone full bright in the beacon's red lighi, But the rain fell fast, and loud blew the blast,

His plume it was scarlet and blue ; * And 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 nicht there the sky was fair,

« Thou liest, thou liest, thou little foot-page, And the mountain blast was still,

Loud dost ihou 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 bcacon hill.

All under the Eildon-tree.» «And I leard her name the midnight hour,

« Yet hear but my word, my noble Jord, And name this holy eve;

For I heard her name his name ; And say, 'Come this night to thy lady's bower;

And that lady bright, she call'd the knight, "Ask oo bold baron's leave.

Sir Richard of Coldinghame.» 'He lifts his spear with the bold Buccleuch ;

The bold baron's brow then changed, I trow, 'llis lady is all alone;

From high blood-red to paleThe door she 'll uodo to her knight so true,

« The grave is deep and dark-and the corpse is stiff On the eve of good St Jolin.'

and starkI cannot come; I must not come;

So I may not trust thy tale. 'I dare not come to thee;

« Where fair Tweed tlows round holy Melrose, On the eve of Saint John I inust wander alone

And Eildon slopes to the plain, . 'In thy bower I may not be.'

Full three viglits ago, by some secret foe,

That gay gallant was slain. Now, out on thee, faint-hearted kniglıt! • Thou shouldst not say me nayi

« The varying light deceived tly sight, For the eve is sweet, and when lovers meet,

And the wild winds drownd the name; I 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-gate, and he opend the tower So, by the black rood-stone, and by holy St Jolin,

grate, * I conjure, thee, my love, to be tliere!

And he 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 bill and dale ; And my footstep he would know.'

Over Tweed's fair flood, and Mertoun's' wood,

And all down Teviotdale. fear not the priest, who slecpeth to the east! * For to Dryburgliz the way he has ta'en ;

« Now hail, now hail, thou lady bright!» And there to say mass, till three days do pass,

« Now liail, thou haron true! “For the soul of a knight that is slayne.'

What news, what news, from Aucram 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 Moot 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 has charged us, evermore,

To watch our beacons well.» The black rood of Melrose was a crucifix of black marble, and i uperior sanctity.

1 Eildon is a high hill, terminating in three conical summits, im Dry burgb Abbey is beautifully situated on the banks of the mediately above ibe town of Melrose, where are tbe admired ruins Ped. After its dissolution, it became the property of the Blali- of a magoitic nt monastery. Eildon-tree is said to be the spot toos of Xew mains, and is now the seat of the right honourable wbere Thomas the Rhymer uttered his prophecies. Earl of Bachan. It belonged to the order of Premonstratenses. Mertoun is the beautiful seat of Hugb Scott, Esq. of Harden.

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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 bermit in the wilds of This ancient fortress and its vicinity formed the scene Glenurclıy, A.D. 649. While engaged in transcribing of the author's infancy, and seemed to claim from hia 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 which 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 | The Baron of Smaylho'me rose with day, saint, who gave his name to Kilfillan, 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.

That leads to Brotherstone. lous and luminous arm, which he inclosed in a silver shrine, and had it carried at the head of his army. Pre-He went not with the bold Buccleuch, vious to the battle of Bannockburn, the king's chap- His banner broad to rear; Jain, a man of little faith, abstracted the relic, and dee He went pot 'gainst the English yew posited it 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 his prayers to the empty casket, it was Yet his plate-jack' was braced, and hishelmet was lacei, observed to open and shut suddenly; and, on inspection, And his yaunt-brace of proof he wore ; the saint was found to have hiinself 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 necded 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. Arld his 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 reach'd his rocky tower. siderable energy), there is a copy of a very curious crown-crant, dated uth July, 1487, by which 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 peaceable 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 slood. bie, and his predecessors, are said to have possessed since the days of Robert Bruce. As the Quegrich was Yet was lois lelmet backd and hew'd, used to cure diseases, this document is, probably, the Iis acton pierced and tore ; most apcient patent ever granted for a quack medicine. This axe and his dagger with blood embrued, The ingenious correspondent, by whom it is furnished, I but it was not English gore. further observes, that additional particulars concerning St Fillan are to be found in Ballenden's Boece, Book lle lighted at the Chapellage, 4, folio ccxiii, and in Pennant's Tour in Scotland, 1772,

He held him close and still; pp. 1, 15.

And he wluistled thrice for his little foot-page,

His name was English Will.

«Come thou hither, my little foot-page; THE EVE OF SAINT JOHN.

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 Roxburghshire, among a cluster of wild rocks, called | « Come, tell me all that thou hast seen, Sandiknow Crags, the property of Hugh Scott, Esq. of And look thou tell me true! Harden. The toweris a high square building, surround-Since I from Smaylho'me tower have been, 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 precipice and morass, is accessible only from the west, by

stv « My lady, each night, sought the lonely light,

my day a steep and rocky path. The apartments, as is usual in That burns on the wild Watch fold: a Border keep, or fortress, are placed one above another. | For, from height to height, the beacons bright" and communicate by a narrow stair ; on the roof are

Of the English foemen cold. two bartizans, or platforms, for defence or pleasure. | The inner door of the tower is wood, the outer an iron

an «The bittern clamour'd 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 clevated si- / Yet the cragey 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 folil ;

The plate-jack is coat-armour: the rani-brace, or waal and is said to have been the station of a beacon, ini

armoor for the body; tbe sperthe, a baule-axe. times of war with England. Without the tower-court ballad.

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I watchd her steps, and silent came

• At the lone midnight hour, when bad spirits have | Where she sat her on a stone;

power, No watchmao 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 rain fell fast, and loud blew the blast,

His plume it was scarlet and blue; And I heard not what they were.

On his shield was a bound, in a silver leash bound,

And his crest was a branch of the yew.» * The third night there the sky was fair,

« Thou liest, thou liest, thou litue 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 bcacon hill.

All under the Eildon-tree.» «And I heard her name the midnight hour,

« Yet hear but my word, my noble lord, And name this holy eve;

For I heard bier name his name; And say, 'Come this night to thy lady's bower;

And that lady bright, sbe calld the knight, Ask no bold baron's leave.

Sir Richard of Coldinghame.» 'He lifts his spear with the bold Buccleuch;

The bold haron's brow then changed, I trow, His lady is all alone;

From high blood-red 10 pale'The door she 'll undo to her knight so true,

« The grave is deep and dark-and the corpse is stiff 'On the cve of good St John.'

and stark"I 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 Jolin I inust wander alone

And Eildon slopes to the plain, "In thy bower I may not be.'

Full three viglits ago, by some secret foe, *Now, out on thee, faint-hearted knight!

That gay gallant was slain. * Thou shouldst not say me nay;

« 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 rios, 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 strew'd on the stair,

He passid the court-gale, and he opend the tower “So, by the black rood-stone,' and by holy St Jolin,

grate, 'I conjure, thee, my love, to be there!

And he 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, Tel there sleepeth a priest in the chamber to the That lady sat in mournful mood; . east,

Look'd over hull and dale; 'Aod my footstep he would know.'

Over Tweed's fair tlood, and Mertoun's? wood,

And all down Tevioidale. O fear not the priest, who slecpesh to the east! "For to Dryburgh? the way he has ta'en;

« Now hail, now hail, thou lady bright!» And there to say mass, till three days do pass,

« Now liail, thou haron 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 rigbt scornfully

« The Ancram Moot 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 has charged us, evermore,

To watch our beacons well.» The black rood of Melrose was a crucifix of black marble, and

1 Eildon is a high bill, terminating in three conical sommits, imDryburgh Abbey is beautifully situated on the banks of tor mediately above ibe town of Melrose, where are the admired ruins *sed. After its dissolution, it became tbe property of the Ilali- of a magnific at monastery. Eildon-tree is said to be the spot

toos of New mains, and is now the seat of the right honourable where Thomas the Rhymer uttered bis prophecies. the Earl of Buchan. It helonged to the order of Premonstratenscs.

* Mertoun is the beautiful seat of Hugh Scott, Esq. of Harden.

of superior sanctity.

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