during the reign of the unfortunate Mary, to whose during the night, in a house not far distant. Some in cause the house of Hamilton devoted themselves with a distinct information of the danger which threated generous zeal, which occasioned their temporary ob-him had been conveyed to the regent, and he paid scurity, and, very nearly, their total ruin. The situ- much regard to it, that be resolved to return by the ation of the ruins, embosomed in wood, darkened by same gate through which he had entered, and to fetch 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 the oaks, the remains of the Caledonian Forest, which an-throng of people obliging him to more very slowly, ciently extended through the south of Scotland, from gave the assassin time to take so true an aim, that he the Eastern to the Atlantic Ocean. Some of these trees shot him, with a single bullet, through the lower part measure twenty-five feet, and upwards, in circumfe- of his belly, and killed the horse of a gentleman, rence, and the state of decay, in which they now ap- rode on his other side. His followers instantly ender pear, shows, that they may have witnessed the rites voured to break into the house whence the blow bad of the druids. The whole scenery is included in the come: but they found the door strongly barricaded. magnificent and extensive park of the Duke of Hamil- and, before it could be forced open, Hamilton had ton. There was long preserved in this forest the breed mounted a fleet horse,' which stood ready for bim at a of the Scottish 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 sy appearance was beautiful, being milk-white, with black | Scotland, book y. muzzles, horns, and hoofs. The buils are described by Bothwellbaugh rode straight to Hamilton, where he ancient authors, as having white manes; but those of was received in triumph; for the ashes of the bour latter days had lost that peculiarity, perhaps by intcr- in Clydesdale, which had been burned by Murraie mixture with the tame breed.'

army, were yet smoking; and party prejudice, the Lt In detailing the death of the Regent Murray, wlich bits of the age, and the enormity of the provocation, is made the subject of the following ballad, it would be seemed to his kinsmen to justify his deed. After a injustice to my reader to use other words than those of short abode at Hamilton, this fierce and determic Dr Robertson, whose account of that memorable event man left Scotland, and served in France, under the reforms a beautiful piece of historical painting.

tronage of the family of Guise, to whom he was dous« Hamilton of Bothwellhaught was the person who less recomuneuded by having avenged the cause of their committed this barbarous action. He had been con niece, Queen Mary, upon her ungrateful brother. The 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 gage him to assassinate Gaspar de Coligni, the face clemency. But part of his estate had been bestowed admiral of France, and the buckler of the Hurur: upon one of the regent's favourites, who seized his cause. But the character of Bothwellhaugh was. house, and turned out his wife, naked, in a cold niglie, taken. He was no mercenary trader in blood, and into the open fields, where, before next morning, sliejected the offer with contempt and indignation became furiously mad. This injury made a deeper had no authority, he said, from Scotland, to coast impression ou liim than the benefit be bad received, murders in France, be had avenged his own just ca. and from that moment lie vowed to be revenged of the rel, but he would neither, for price aor prayer, aneu rerent. Party rage strengthened and intlamed his pri- that of another man — Thuanns, cap. 46. vate resentment. This kinsmen, the llamilions, applauded | The regent's death happened 230 January, 1569 the enterprise. The maxims of that age justified the is applauded, or stigmatized, by contemporary to most desperate course be could take to obtain ven- rians, according to their religious or party prejuda* seance. He followed the regent for some time, and The triumph of Blackwood is unbounded. He note watched for an opportunity to strike the blow. · Hel extols the pious feat of Both we.Thaugh, «wlio, be resolved, at last, to wait till his enemy should arrive at serves, « satisfied, with a single ounce of lead, kust Linlithgow, through which he was to pass, in his way whose sacrilegious avarice had stripped the metropol from Stirling to Edinburgh. He took his stand in a church of Saint Andrews of its covering ;bat har wooden gallery 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 miracu.ee noise of his feet from being heard; bung up a black interference of the Deity.-Jebb. vol. i. n. 263. T... cloth behind bini, that his sinadow niight not be ob equal injustice it was, by others, made the ground af : served from without; and, after all this preparation, general national reflection; for, when Mather urzo calmly expected the regent's approach, who had lodged, Beroey to assassinate Burlcigh, and quoted the ena

ples of Poltrot and Bothwellhaugh, the other consp:r 1 They were formerly kept in the park at Drumlanrip, and are tor answered, « that neither Poltrot nor Hambletop dal still to be seen at Cb llinebam Castle in Northumberland. For their attempt their enterpryse, without some reason or ctienature and ferocity, see Notes.

sideration to lead them to it: as the one, by hyre, at * This was Sir James Ballenden, Lord-justice-clerk, whose sbame

me promise of preferment or rewarde; the other, upora ful and inboman ropacity occasioned the catastrophe in the text.Spottıswoode.

desperate mind of revenge, for a lyde wrong done ut This projecting gallery is still shown. The house to which it him, as the report goethe, accordinge to the vyletrar was attached was the property of the Archbishop of St Andrews, a terous disposysyon of the hoole natyon of the Scoties natural brother of the Dake of Chatelheraalt, and uncle to Both

-MURDIN's Slate Papers, vol. I, p. 197. wellbaugh. Tbis, among many other circumstances, seems to evince the aid which Bolbwellhaugh reais d from bis clan in effecting his purpose.

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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.
The mountain ball comes thundering on.

From the wild Border's humbled side, « In Caledonia olim frequens erat sylvestris quidam

In 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 he did resort, hoc tanta audacia huic bovi indita erat, ut non solum

Throw Ewisdail, Eskdail, and all the daills rode he.

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 tha me in pledge,

Syne wardit thame, 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 Caledoniæ sylvam frequens, sed humana in

Scottish Poems, 16th century, p. 232. clavie jam assumptus tribus tantum locis est reliquus,

Note 7. Stanza xxxv. Strivilingü, Cumbernaldiæ, et Kincarniz.»—Leslæus,

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 haughty 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 reign, 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

active in the murder of David Rizzio, and at least privy of the commanders at the Raid of Stirling

Raid of Stirling, to that of Darnley. which had so pearly given complete success to the queen's faction. He was ancestor to the present Mar

Note 9. Stanza xxxvi. quis of Abercorn.

The wild Macfarlane's plaided clap.

This clan of Lennox Highlanders were attached to Note 4. Stanza xxii.

the 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, Bieland gentleman, named Macfarlane, stood the renear 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 wbence of the fighte, he came up with two hundred of bis 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 hollow 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 ghost of the Lady Bothwellbaugh ; whom, how lane had been lately before, as I have heard, condemnever, 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 pardon through suyt of the Countess of Murher rights, that, a part of the stones of the ancient cdi-ray, he recompenced that clemencie by this piece of hace having been employed in building or repairing the service now at this batayle.» Calderwood's account present Woodhouselee. she has deemed it a part of her less favourable to the Macfarlanes. He states, that privilege to haunt that house also; and, even of very « Macfarlane, with his Highlandmen, fled from the kile 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 Sindication 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- ibe enemy, whose spears were now spent, with long lice, 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 haralways 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 frantic stroke,

manded by Morton, and composed chiefly of commonDrives to tbe leap bis jaded steed.

ers of the barony of Renfrew. Birrel informs us, that Both wellhaugh, being closely

Note 10. Stanza xxxvii. pursued, «after that spur and wand had failed him, he

Glencairn and stout Parkbead were nigli, drew forth his dagger, and strocke his horse behind,

Obsequious at their regent's reio. * 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. Chasing, there brother of the Earl of Morton : his horse was killed by fore, a dark and windy night, when the objects of bus the same ball by which Murray fell.

vengeance were engaged in a stolen interview, he set

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 haggard Lindsay's iron eye,

reduced to a pile of glowing ashes the dwelling, with all That saw fair Mary weep in rain.

its inmates." Lord Lindesay, of the Byres, was the most ferocious

The scene, with which the ballad opens, was sag

The scene vi and 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 rel the Life of Alexander Peden, one of the wandering and signation, presented to her in Lochleven Castle. He

persecuted teachers of the sect of Cameronians, during 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 perhaps tive, in the act of signing, averted her eyes from the

really believed himself, to be possessed of supernatural 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 mindste

gloom of superstition, so general in that age.
Scarce could his trampling charger moro,
So close the minions crowded nigh.

« About the same time he (Peden) came to Andrew Richard Bannatyne mentions in his journal, that

Normand's house, in the parish of Alloway, in the shire John Knox repeatedly warned Murray to avoid Lin. of Ayr, being to preach at night in his barn. After be 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, bei tempt upon his life, but even of the very house from

| said, “There are in this house that I have not one word which it was threatened.

of salvation unto;' he halted a little again, saying, 'This With that infatuation, at which men wonder after

is strange, that the devil will not go oul, that we may such events have happened, he deemed it would be a

begin our work!" Then there was a woman went out, sufficient precaution to ride briskly past the dangerous

ill looked upon almost all her life, and to her dring spot. But even this was prevented by the crowd: so

hour, for a witch, with many presumptions of the that Bothwellhaugh had time to take a deliberate aim.

same. It escaped me, in the former passages, that -Spottiswoode, p. 233. Buchanan.

John Muirhead (whom I have often mentioned) tald me, that when he came from Ireland to Galloway, be was at family-worship, and giving some notes upon be

Scripture, when a very ill-looking man came, and sate THE GRAY BROTHER.

down within the door, at the back of the hallan 'per

tition of the cottage); immediately he halted, and sani A FRAGMENT.

* There is some unhappy body just now come into cha house. I charge him to go out, and not stop my

mouth! The person went out, and he insisted (west Tae imperfect state of this ballad, which was written

on), yet he saw him neither come in nor go out several years ago, is not a circumstance affected for

The Life and Prophecies of Mr Alexander Peder. the purpose of civing it that peculiar interest, which is

| late Minister of the Gospel at New Glenluce, in bat often found to arise from ungratified curiosity. On

"loway, part ii. section 26. the contrary, it was the author's intention to have 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 Tue 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 in heaven, 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 kneeld 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.
Gilmerton belonged of yore to a gentleman, named
Heron, who had one beautiful daughter. This young

And all, among the crowded throng,
Jady 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

I This tradition was communicated to me by Jobs Cers, Em the connivance of the lady's nurse, who lived at this

Eldin, author of an Essay kyon Nanal Tacties; who will be res house, of Gilmerton Grange or Burndale. He formed a ' ber

bered by posterity, as having taugbt the Genius of Britain to resolution of bloody vengeance, undeterred by the sup- centrale ber thunders, and to launch them against her fees wat posed sanctity of the clerical character, or by the unerring aim.

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