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during the reign of the unfortunate Mary, to whose during the night, in a house pot far distant. Sonar a cause the house of Hamilton devoted themselves with a distinct information of the danger wbich threateard generous zeal, which occasioned their temporary ob-him had been conveyed to the regent, and be paid se scurity, and, very nearly, their total ruin. The situ- much regard to it, that he resolved to return by ation of the ruins, embosomed in wood, darkened by same gate through which he had entered, and to fecha ivy and creeping shrubs, and overhanging the brawling a compass round the town. But, as the crowd about torrent, is romantic in the highest degree. In the im- the gate was great, and he himself ugacquainted with mediate vicinity of Cadyow is a grove of immense | fear, he proceeded directly along the street; and is oaks, the remains of the Caledonian Forest, which an- throng of people obliging him to move very slowk ciently extended through the south of Scotland, from gave the assassin time to take so true an aim, that the Eastern to the Atlantic Ocean. Some of these trees shot him, with a single bullet, through the lower pun measure twenty-five feet, and upwards, in circumfe- of his belly, and killed the horse of a gentleman, shu rence, and the state of decay, in which they now ap- rode on his other side. His followers instantly ende pear, shows, that they may have witnessed the rites voured to break into the house whence the blocks of the druids. The whole scenery is included in the come; but they found the door strongly barricaine magnificent and extensive park of the Duke of Hamil-and, before it could be forced open, Hamilton ton. There was long preserved in this forest the breed mounted a fleet horse,' which stood ready for him at a of the Scotish wild cattle, until their ferocity occasion-back-passage, and was got far beyond their reach. The ed their being extirpated, about forty years ago. Their regent died the same night of his wound. - History i appearance was beautiful, being milk-white, with black | Scotland, book y. muzzles, horns, and hoofs. The bulls are described by Bothwellbaugh rode straight to Hamilton, wbere » ancient authors, as having white manes; but those of was received in triumph; for the ashes of the box latter days had lost that peculiarity, perhaps by inter in Clydesdale, which had been burned by Nur mix!ure with the lame breed.
| army, were yet smoking; and party prejudice, the In detailing the death of the Regent Murray, which bits of the age, and the enormity of the provocar ik is made the subject of the following ballad, it would be seemed to his kinsmen to justify his deed. Afir injustice to my reader to use other words than those of short abode at Hamilton, this fierce and deterior Dr Robertson, whose account of that memorable event man Icft Scotland, and served in France, under de forms a beautiful picce of historical painting. I tronage of the family of Guise, to whom be vas doma.
« llamilton of Bothwellhaugh was the person who less recominended by having avenged the cause of t. committed this barbarous action. He had been con- niece, Queen Mary, upon her ungrateful brother, demned to death soon after the battle of Langside, as Thou has recorded, that an attempt was made to we have already related, and owed his life to the regent's sage him to assassinate Gaspar de Coligni, the fae clemency. But part of his estate had been bestowed admiral of France, and the buckler of the Hugur! upon one of the regent's favourites," who seized his cause. But the character of Bothwellbaugh as c house, and turned out his wife, naked, in a cold niglit, taken. He was no mercenary trader in blood, an: into the open fields. where, before next morning, shejected the offer with contempt and indignation became furiously mad. This injury made a deeper had no authority, he said, from Scotland, to cors' impression ou him than the benefit be had received, murders in France; be had avenged his own just ca. and from that moment he vowed to be revenged of the rel, but he would neither, for price nor prayer, atus renent. Party rage strengthened and intlamed bis pri- that of another man — Thuanus, cap. 46. vate resentment. His kinsmen, ihellamiltons, applauded The regent's death happened 23d January, 156, : the enterprise. The maxims of that age justified tire is applauded, or stigmatized, by contemporary Law most desperate course he could take to obtain ven- rians, according to their religious or party prejud Ceance. He followed the regent for some time, and The triumph of Blackwood is unbounded. Ale pod watched for an opportunity to strike the blow. He extols the pious feat of Both we Jhaugh, who, be resolved, at last, to wait till bis enemy slould arrive at serves, « satisfied, with a single ounce of beal, Linlithgow, through, which he was to pass, in his way whose sacrilegious avarice had stripped the metrop from Stirling to Edinburgh. He took his stand in a church of Saint Andrews of its covering, but de av wooden wallery 3 which had a window towards the cribes it to immediate divine inspiration, and the street; spread a feather-bed on the floor, to hinder the cape of Hamilton to little less than the miranu noise of his feet from being heard; hung up a black interference of the Deity.-Jebb, vol. i, p. 203. PT. cloth behind bini, that his siadow night not be ob equal injustice it was, by others, made the ground served from without; and, after all this preparation, I general national reflection; for, when Mather calmly expected the regent's approach, who had lodged, Berney to assassinate Burleigh, and quoted the et's
ples of Poltrot and Bothwellbaugh, the other coss They were formerly kept in the park at Drumlanrig, and are tor auswered, “That Deitner Pollrot nor llamDiet still to be seen at Cb llingbam Castle in Noribumberland. For their attempt their enterpryse, without some reason or is nature and ferocity, see Notes.
sideration to lead them to it: as the one, by byre 20 * This was Sir James Ballenden, Lord-justice-clerk, whose shame- i promise of preferment or rewarde; the othes, upful and inhuman rapacity occasioned the catastropbe in the test.Spottuswoode.
desperate mind of revenge, for a lytle wrong to * This projecting gallery is still shown. The house to which it him, as the report goethe, accordinge to the role to was attached was the property of the Archbishop of St Andrews, a' terous disposysyon of the hoole natyon of the Scots
atural brother of the Dake of Chatelheraalt, and uncle to Borbe -MURDIN's Slate Papers, vol. i, p. 197.
"The gift of Lord John Hamilton, commendator of Arbres
ral in Scotland, under the singular title of her adopted ditch), by whilk means he escapit, and gat away from father.
all the rest of the horses.»-BIRRELL's Diary, p. 18. Note 2. Stanza xv.
Note 6. Stanza xxxiii.
From the wild Border's bumbled side, « In Caledonia olim frequens erat sylvestris quidam
lo haughty triumph marched he. bos, nunc vero rarior, qui colore candidissimo, jubam Murray's death took place shortly after an expedition densam et demissam instar leonis gestat, truculentus ac to the Borders; which is thus commemorated by the ferus, ab humano genere abhorrens, ut quæcunque ho- author of his elegy: mines vel manibus contrectaverint, vel halitu perfla
So having stablischt all thing in this sort, verint, ab iis multos post dies omnino abstinuerint. Ad
To Liddisdaill again be did resort, hoc tanta audacia huic bovi indita erat, ut non solum
Throw Ewisdail, Eskdail, and all the daills rode be
And also lay three nights in Cannabie. irritatus equites furenter prosterneret, sed ne tantillum
Whair na prince lay thir hundred yeiris before, lacessitus omnes promiscue homines cornibus, ac un
Nae thief durst stir, they did him feir so sair ; gulis peteret; ac canum, qui apud nos ferocissimi sunt,
And, that they suld na mair thair thift alledge, impetus plane contemneret. Ejus carnes cartilaginosa
Threescore and twelf he brocht of ihame in pledge,
Syne wardit ibame, whilk made the rest keep ordour, sed saporis suavissimi. Erat is olim per illam vastis
Than mycht the rasch-bus keep ky on the Bordour. simam Caledonia sylvam frequens, sed humana in
Scottish Poems, 16th century, p. 232. gluvie jam assumptus tribus tantum locis est reliquus, Strivilingii, Cumbernaldiæ, et Kincarniz.»—Leslæus,
Note 7. Stanza xxxv.
With hackbut bent, my secret stand. Scotiæ Descriptio, p. 13.
The carabine, with which the regent was shot, is preNote 3. Stanza xxi.
served at Hamilton Palace. It is a brass piece, of a Stern Claud replied, with darkening face
middling length, very small in the bore, and, what is (Gray Pasley's baughty lord was he).
rather extraordinary, appears to have been rifled or inLord Claud Hamilton, second son of the Dnke of dented in the barrel. It had a match-lock, for which Chatelherault, and commendator of the abbey of Pais- a modern fire-lock has been injudiciously substituted. ley, acted a distinguished part during the troubles of
Note 8. Stanza xxxvi. Queen Mary's reiga, and remained unalterably attached
Dark Morton, girt with many a spear. to the cause of that unfortunate princess. He led the van of her army at the fatal battle of Langside, and active in the murder of David Rizzio, and at least privy
Of this noted person it is enough to say, that he was was one of the commanders at the Raid of Stirling, I to that of Darnley. which had so pearly given complete success to the
Note 9. Stanza xxxvi. queen's faction. He was ancestor to the present Marquis of Abercorn,
The wild Macfarlane's plaided clap.
This clan of Lennox Highlanders were attached to Note 4. Stanza xxii.
ihe Regent Murray. Hollinshed, speaking of the battle Few suns have set, since Woodhouselee.
of Langside, says, «In this batayle the valiance of an This barony, stretching along the banks of the Esk, Hieland gentleman, named Macfarlane, stood the reDear Auchendinny, belonged to Bothwellhaugh, in right gent's part in great steede; for, in the hottest brunte of his wife. The ruins of the mansion, from whence of the fighte, he came up with two hundred of his she was expelled in the brutal manner which occasion-friendes and countrymen, and so manfully gave in uped her death, are still to be seen, in a bollow glen be-on the flankes of the queene's people, that he was a side the river. Popular report tenants them with the great cause of the disordering of them. This Macfarrestless chost of the Lady Both wellbaugh; whom, how lane had been lately before, as I have heard, condemn ever, it confounds with Lady Anne Bothwell, whose ed to die, for some outrage by him committed, and Lament is so popular. This spectre is so tenacious of obtayning pardou through suyt of the Countess of Murher rights, that, a part of the stones of the ancient edi-ray, he recompenced that clemencie by this piece of fire having been employed in building or repairing the service now at this batayle.» Calderwood's account is present Woodhouselee, she has deemed it a part of her less favourable to the Macfarlanes. He states, that povilege to haunt that house also; and, even of very « Macfarlane, with his Highlandmen, fled from the Lale years, has excited considerable disturbance and ter-wing where they were set. The Lord Lindesay, who ror among the domestics. This is a more remarkable stood nearest to them in the regent's battle, said, “Let vindication of the rights of ghosts, as the present them go! I shall fill their places better:' and so stepWoodhouselee, which gives his title to the bonourable ping forward with a company of fresh men, charged Alexander Fraser Tytler, a senator of the College of Jus- the enemy, whose spears were now spent, with long tice, is situated on the slope of the Pentland hills, dis weapons, so that they were driven back by force, being tant at least four miles from her proper abode. She before almost overthrown by the avant-guard and har. always appears in white, and with a child in her quebusiers, and so were turned to flight.»-Calderarms.
wood's MS. apud Keith, p. 480. Melville mentions the Note 5. Stanza xxviii.
Hight of the van-guard, but states it to have been comWhose bloody poniard's fraotic stroke,
manded by Morton, and composed chiefly of commonDrives to the leap his jaded steed.
ers of the barony of Renfrew. Birrel informs us, that Bothwellhaugh, being closely
Note 10. Stanza xxxvii. persurd, « after that spur and wand had failed him, he
Glencairo and stout Park head were nigli. drew forth his dagger, and strocke his horse behind,
Obsequious at their regent's rein. whuk caused the horse to leap a very brode stank (i.e. The Earl of Glencairn was a steady adherent of the
regent. George Douglas, of Parkhead, was a natural stronger claims of natural affection. Chusing, there brother of the Earl of Morton : his horse was killed by fore, a dark and windy night, when the objects of his the same ball by which Murray fell.
vengeance were engaged in a stolen interview, be sure
fire to a stack of dried thorns, and other combustibles Note 11. Stanza xxxvii.
which he had caused to be piled against the house, and And bagcard Lindsay's iron eye,
reduced to a pile of glowing ashes the dwelling, with all That saw fair Mary weep in vain.
its inmates.' Lord Lindesay, of the Byres, was the most ferocious The scene with which the ballad opens, was surand brutal of the regent's faction; and, as such, was
gested by the following curious passage, extracted from employed to extort Mary's signature to the deed of re I the Life of Alexander Peden, one of the wandering and signation, presented to her in Lochleven Castle. He
persecuted teacbers of the sect of Cameroniaos, dunes discharged his commission with the most savage ri
the reign of Charles II. and his successor, James. This gour ; and it is even said, that when the weeping cap
person was supposed by his followers, and perluan tive, in the act of signing, averted her eyes from the
really believed himself, to be possessed of supernatura! fatal deed, he pinched her arm with the grasp of his
Gifts; for the wild scenes, which they frequented, and iron glove.
the constant dangers, which were incurred through Note 12. Stanza xxxviii.
their proscription, deepened upon their minds the
gloom of superstition, so general in that age.
« About the same time he (Peden) came to Andrea Richard Bannatyne mentjons in his journal, that
Normand's house, in the parish of Alloway, in the skiri John Kuox repeatedly warned Murray to avoid Lin
of Ayr, being to preach at night in his barn. After le lithgow.
came in, he halted a little, leaning upon a chair-back Not only had the regent notice of the intended at
with his face covered; when he lifted up his head, bere tempt upon his life, but even of the very house from
said, “There are in this house that I have not one For: which it was threatened.
of salvation uoto;' he halted a little again, saying, The With that infatuation, at which men wonder after
is strange, that the devil will not go out, that we me such events have happened, he deemed it would be a
begin our work!' Then there was a woman weat out, sufficient precaution to ride briskly past the dangerous
ill looked upon almost all her life, and to be dring spot. But even this was prevented by the crowd: so
hour, for a witch, with many presumptions of the that Both wellhaugh had time to take a deliberate aim.
same. It escaped me, in the former passages, the -Spottiswoode, p. 233. Buchanan.
John Muirhead (whom I have often mentionedku me, that when he came from Ireland to Galloway, by was at family-worship, and giving some notes upon the
Scripture, when a very ill-looking man came, and smake THE GRAY BROTHER.
down within the door, at the back of the hallan (per
lition of the cottage); immediately he halted, and sale A FRAGMENT.
* There is some unhappy body just now come into the house. I charge him to go out, and not stop ,
mouth! The person went out, and he insisted as Tas imperfect state of this ballad, which was written
on), yet he saw him neither come in nor go outseveral years ago, is not a circumstance affected for
The Life and Prophecies of Mr Alexander Peder the purpose of giving it that peculiar interest, which is
Late Minister of the Gospel at New Glenluce, in Ger often found to arise from ungratified curiosity. On the contrary, it was the author's intention to have
loway, part ii. section 26. completed the tale, if he had found himself able to succeed to his own satisfaction. Yielding to the opinion of persons, whose judgment, if not biassed by the par The Pope he was saying the high, high mass, tiality of friendship, is entitled to deference, the au
All on Saint Peter's day, thor has preferred inserting these verses, as a fragment,
With the power to him given, by the saints is hearca to his intention of entirely suppressing them.
To wash men's sins away. The tradition, upon which the tale is founded, regards a house, upon the barony of Gilmerton, near
The Pope he was saying the blessed mass, Lasswade, in Mid-Lothian. This building, now called
And the people kneelid around; Gilmerton Grange, was originally named Burndale,
And from each man's soul his sins did pass, from the following tragic adventure. The barony of
As he kiss'd the holy ground.
And all, among the crowded throng, lady was seduced by the abbot of Newbottle, a richly
Was still, both limb and tongue, endowed abbey, upon the banks of the South Esk,
While through vaulted roof, and aisles aloof, now a seat of the Marquis of Lothian. Heron came to
The holy accents rung. the knowledge of this circumstance, and learned, also, that the lovers carried on their guilty intercourse by the connivance of the lady's nurse. who lived at this " This tradition was communicated to me by Jobe Clerk,
Eldin, author of an Essay upon Naval Tacties; wa will be house, of Gilmerton Grange or Burndale. He formed a
bered by posterity, as haring taught the Genies af Bride resolution of bloody vengeance, undeterred by the sup- centrale ber tbunders, and to launch them agaiest bez fou wide posed sanctity of the clerical character, or by the unerring aim.