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success which arose out of that very disappointment, are too curious to be passed over unnoticed. The following is the narrative of Barbour. The introduction is a favourable specimen of his style, which seems to be in some degree the model for that of Gawain Douglas :
This was in ver,' when winter tide,
1 Spring 5 More. 9 Mapy.
Steering all time upon the fire,
and of ire;
Traitor, why made you the fire ?"
“ Forth I come to meet you here,
say you sekyrly “ There shall no peril, that may be, • Drive me eftsoons to the sea. * Mine advepture here take will I, “ Whether it be easeful or angry," • Brother,' he said, since you will sua, ". It is good that we same ta, • Disease or ease, or pain or play.
After as God will us purvay. . And since men say that the Persy
Mine heritage will occupy;
Go we, and venge + some of the dispite.
For they lie traistly, but dreading
Reproof thereof no man shall.
2 Soon after.
-St. XVII. p. 196. The following are the words of an ingenious correspondent, to whom I am obliged for much information respecting Turnberry and its neighbourhood. “The only tradition now remembered of the landing of Robert the Bruce in Carrick, relates to the fire seen by him from the Isle of Arran. It is still generally reported, and religiously believed by many, that this fire was really the work of supernatural power, unassisted by the hand of any mortal being; and it is said, that, for several centuries, the flame rose yearly on the same hour of the same night of the year, on which the king first saw it from the turrets of Brodick castle ; and some go so far as to say, that if the exact time were known, it would be still seen. That this superstitious notion is very ancient, is evident from the place where the fire is said to have appeared, being called the Bogles’ Brae, beyond the remembrance of man. In support of this curious belief, it is said that the practice of burning heath for the improvement of land was then unknown; that a spunkie (Jack o' lanthorn) could not have been seen across the breadth of the Forth of Clyde, between Ayrshire and Arran; and that the courier of Bruce was his kinsman, and never suspected of treachery.”—Letter from Mr Joseph Train, of Newton Stuart, author of an ingenious Collection of Poems,
illustrative of many ancient Traditions in Galloway and Ayrshire, Edinburgh, 1814.
Left for the Castle's sylvan reign.-St. XIX. p. 199. The Castle of Turnberry, on the coast of Ayrshire, was the property of Robert Bruce, in right of his mother. Lord Hailes mentions the following remarkable circumstance concerning the mode in which he became proprietor of it:“ Martha, Countess of Carrick in her own right, the wife of Robert Bruce, Lord of Annandale, bare him a son, afterwards Robert I. (11th July, 1274). The circumstances of her marriage were singular : happening to meet Robert Bruce in her domains, she became enamoured of him, and with some violence led him to her castle of Turnberry. A few days after she married him, without the knowledge of the relations of either party, and without the requisite consent of the king. The king instantly seized her castle and whole estates : She afterwards atoned by a fine for her feudal delinquency. Little did Alexander foresee, that, from this union, the restorer of the Scottish monarchy was to arise." --Annals of Scotland, vol. II. p. 180.
The same obliging correspondent, whom I have quoted in the preceding note, gives me the following account of the present state of the ruins of Turnberry :-" Turnberry Point is a rock projecting into the sea; the top of it is about 18 feet