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cap. 46.

was got far beyond their reach. The regent died

To draw oblivion's pall aside, the same night of his wound."--History of Scot

And mark the long forgotten urn. land, book v.

Then, noble maid! at thy command, Bothwellhaugh rode straight to Hamilton, where

Again the crumbled halls shall rise; he was received in triumph; for the ashes of the

Lo! ag on Evan's banks we stand, houses in Clydesdale, which had been burned by

The past returns, the present fies. Murray's army, were yet smoking; and party, prejudice, the babits of the age, and the enormily of

Where with the rock's wood-covered side

Were blended late the ruins green, the provocation, seemed to his kinsmen to justify his deed. After a short abode at Hamilton, this

Rise turrets in fantastic pride, fierce and determined man left Scotland, and serv

And feudal banners flaunt between. ed in France, under the patronage of the family Where the rude torrent's brawling course of Guise, to whom he was doubtless recommended Was shagged with thorn and tangling sloe, by having avenged the cause of their niece, queen The ashler buttress braves its force, Mary, upon her ungrateful brother. De Thou has

And ramparts frown in battled row. recorded, that an attempt was made to engage him to assassinate Gaspar de Coligni, the famous ad

'Tis night: the shade of keep and spire miral of France, and the buckler of the Huguenot

Obscurely dance on Evan's stream, cause. But the character of Bothwellhaugh was

And on the wave the warder's fire mistaken. He was no mercenary trader in blood, Is chequering the moonlight beam. and rejected the offer with contempt and indigna- Fades slow their light; the east is gray; tion. He had no authority, he said, from Scotland, The weary warder leaves his tower; to commit murders in France; he had avenged his Steeds snort; uncoupled stag-hounds bay, own just quarrel, but he would neither, for price And merry hunters quit the bower. nor prayer, avenge that of another man.—Thuanus,

The drawbridge falls, they hurry out;

Clatters each plank and swinging chain, The regent's death happened 230 January, 1569.

As, dashing o'er, the jovial rout It is applauded, or stigmatized, by contemporary

Urge the shy steed, and slack the rein. historians, according to their religious or party prejudices. The triumph of Blackwood is una First of his troop, the chief rode on;" bounded. He not only extols the pious feat of His shouting merrymen throng behind; Bothwellhaugh, “who,” he observes, “ satisfied, 'The steed of princely Hamilton with a single ounce of lead, him, whose sacrile Was fleeter than the mountain wind. gious avarice had stripped the metropolitan church

From the thick copse the roebucks bound, of St. Andrews of its covering;” but he ascribes it

The startling red deer scuds the plain; to immediate Divine inspiration, and the escape For the hoarse bugle's warrior sound of Hamilton to little less than the miraculous in

Has roused their mountain haunts again. terference of the Deity.-Jebb, vol. ii, p. 263. With equal injustice it was, by others, made the ground

Through the huge oaks of Evandale, of a general national reflection; for, when Mather

Whose limbs a thousand years have worn, urged Berney to assassinate Burleigh, and quoted

What sullen roar comes down the gale, the examples of Poltrot and Bothwellhaugh, the

And drowns the hunter's pealing horn? other conspirators answered, “that neither Polo

Mightiest of all the beasts of chase, trot nor Hambleton did attempt their enterpryse, That roam in woody Caledov, without some reason or consideration to lead them

Crashing the forest in his race, to it: as the one, by hyre, and promise of prefer. The mountain ball comes thundering on.S ment or rewarde; the other, upon desperate mind

Fierce, on the hunters' quivered band, of revenge, for a lyule wrong done unto him, as

He rolls his eye of swarthy glow, the report goethe, accordinge to the vyle trayterous

Spurns, with black hoof and horn, the sand, disposysyon of the hoole natyon of the Scottes.".

And tosses high his mane of snow. Murdin's Stute Papers, vol. i, p. 197.

Aimed well, the chieftain's lance has flown; WAEN princely Hamilton's abode

Struggling in blood the savage lies; Ennobled Cadyow's Gothic towers,

His roar is sunk in hollow groan! The song went round, the goblet flow'd,

Sound, merry huntsmen! sound the pryse."" And revel sped the laughing hours.

Tis noon: against the knotted oak Then, thrilling to the harp's gay sound,

The hunters rest the idle spear; So sweetly rung each vaulted wall,

Curls through the trees the slender smoke, And echoed light the dancer's bound,

Where yeomen dight the woodland cheer. As mirth and music cheered the hall.

Proudly the chieftain marked his clan, But Cadyow's towers, in ruins laid,

On greenwood lap, all careless thrown, And vaults, by ivy mantled o'er,

Yet missed his eye the boldest man, Thrill to the music of the shade,

That bore the name of Hamilton. Or echo Evan's hoarser roar.

“Why fills not Bothwellhaugh his place, Yet still, of Cadyow's faded fame,

Still wont our weal and wo to share? You bid me tell a minstrel tale,

Why comes he not our sport to grace? And tune my harp, of border frame,

Why shares he not our hunter's fare?” On the wild banks of Evandale.

Stern Claud replied, with darkening face, For thou, from scenes of courtly pride,

(Gray Pasley's haughty lord was he,)3 From pleasure's lighter scenes, canst turn, * Pryst—The vote blown at the death of the game.

to John Eure and his heirs, ancestor to the lord tle, until their ferocity occasioned their being exEure that now is, and for his service done in these tirpated, about forty years ago. Their appearance partes, with market, &c. dated at Lanercost, the was beautiful, being milk white, with black muze 20th day of October, anno regis, 34."-Stowe's zles, horns, and hoofs. The bulls are described Annals, p. 210. This grant, like that of Henry, by ancient authors, as having white manes; but must have been dangerous to the receiver. those of latter days had lost that peculiarity, per

2. There is a nun in Dryburgh bower.- P. 404. haps by intermixture with the tame breed. The circumstance of the nun, “who never saw

in detailing the death of the regent Murray, the day,” is not entirely imaginary. About fifty which is made the subject of the following ballad, years ago, an unfortunate female wanderer took it would be injustice to my reader to use other up her residence in a dark vault, among the ruins words than those of Dr. Robertson, whose account of Dryburgh-abbey, which, during the day, she of that memorable event forms a beautiful piece of never quilled. When night fell, she issued from historical painting. this miserable habitation, and went to the house

“ Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh was the person of Mr. Haliburton, of Newmains, the editor's who committed this barbarous action. He had great-grandfather, or to that of Mr. Erskine, of been condemned to death soon after the battle of Shielfield, two gentlemen of the neighbourhood. Langside, as we have already related, and owed From their charity she obtained such necessaries his life to the regent's clemency. But part of his as she could be prevailed upon to accept. At estate had been bestowed upon one of the regent's twelve, each night, she lighted her candie, and favourites,t who siezed his house, and turned out returned to her vault; assuring her friendly neigh- his wife, naked, in a cold night, into the open bours that, during her absence, her habitation was fields, where, before next morning, she became arranged by a spirit, to whom she gave the un- furiously mad. This injury made a deeper im couth name of Fatlips; describing him as a little pression on him than the benefit he had received, man, wearing heavy iron shoes, with which he and from that moment he vowed to be revenged at trampled the clay floor of the vault, to dispel the the regent. Party rage strengthened and inflamed damps. This circumstance caused' her to be re- his private resentment. His kinsmen, the Hamilgarded, by the well-informed, with compassion, as tons, applauded the enterprise. The maxims of deranged in her understanding; and by the vulgar, that age justified the most desperate course he with some degree of terror. The cause of her could take to obtain vengeance. He followed the adopting this extraordinary mode of life she would regent for some time, and watched for an oppornever explain. It was, however, believed to have tunity to strike the blow. He resolved, at last, to been occasioned by a vow, that, during the absence wait till bis enemy should arrive at Linlithgow, of a man, to whom she was attached, she would through which he was to pass, in his way from never look upon the sun. Her lover never re. Stirling to Edinburgh. He took his stand in a turned. He fell during the civil war of 1745-6, wooden gallery, which had a window towards the and she never more would behold the light of day: street; spread a feather-bed on the floor, to hinder

The vault, or rather dungeon, in which this un- the noise of his feet from being heard; hung up a fortunate woman lived and died, passes still by black cloth behind him, that his shadow might not the name of the supernatural being, with which be observed from without; and, after all this preits gloom was tenanted by her disturbed imagina- paration, calmly expected the regent's approach, tion, and few of the neighbouring peasants dare who had lodged, during the night, in a house noi enter it by night.

far distant. Some indistinct information of the

danger which threatened him had been conveyed CADYOW CASTLE.

to the regent, and he paid so much regard to it, that he resolved to return by the same gate through

which he had entered, and to fetch a compass round RIGHT HON. LADY ANNE HAMILTON. the town. But, as the crowd about the gate was The ruins of Cadyow, or Cadzow castle, the an- great, and he himself unacquainted with fear, be cient baronial residence of the family of Hamilton, proceeded directly along the street; and the throng are situated upon the precipitous banks of the ri- of people obliging him to move very slowly, gave ver Evan, about two miles above its junction with the assassin time to take so true an aim, that he the Clyde. It was dismantled in the conclusion of shot him, with a single bullet, through the lower the civil wars, during the reign of the unfortunate part of his belly, and killed the horse of a gentleMary, to whose cause the house of Hamilton de- man, who rode on his other side. His followers voted themselves with a generous zeal, which oc

instantly endeavoured to break into the house casioned their temporary obscurity, and, very whence the blow had come; but they found the nearly, their total ruin. The situation of the ruins, door strongly barricaded, and, before it could be embosomed in wood, darkened by ivy and creep- which stood ready for him at a back-passage, and

forced open, Hamilton had mounted a fleet horse, ing shrubs, and overhanging the brawling torrent, is romantic in the highest degree. In the immediate vicinity of Cadyow is a grove of immense and are still to be seen at chillingham castle

in Northum

They were formerly kept in the park at Drumlanrig oaks, the remains of the Caledonian forest, which berland. For their nature and ferocity, see Notes. anciently extended through the south of Scotland, + This was sir James Ballenden, lord-justice-elerk from the Eastern to the Atlantic Ocean. Some of whose shameful and inhuman rapacity occasioned the these trees measure twenty-five feet, and upwards, catastrophe in the text.- Spotti swoode. in circumference, and the state of decay, in which which it was attached was the property of the archbisbop

This projecting gallery is still shown. The house to they now appear, shows, that they may have wit- of St. Andrews, a natural brother of the duke of Chatela nessed the rites of the druids. The whole scenery herault, and uncle to Bothwellhaugh. This, among many is included in the maguificent and extensive park other circumstances, seems to evince the aid which Botha of the duke of Hamilton. There was long preserv.

wellhaugh received from his clan in effecting his purpose. d in this forest the breed of the Scottish wild cat- / broath.

$ The gift of lord John Hamilton, commendator of Ar

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cap. 46.

was got far beyond their reach. The regent died

To draw oblivion's pall aside, the same night of his wound.”-History of Scot

And mark the long forgotten urn. lund, book v.

Then, noble maid! at thy command, Bothwellhaugh rode straight to Hamilton, where

Again the crumbled halls shall rise; he was received in triumph; for the ashes of the

Lo! as on Evan's banks we stand, houses in Clydesdale, which had been burned by

The past returns, the present flies. Murray's army, were yet smoking; and party prea judice, the babits of the age, and the enormity of

Where with the rock's wood-covered side

Were blended late the ruins green, the

provocation, seemed to his kinsmen to justify his deed. After a short abode at Hamilton, this

Rise turrets in fantastic pride, fierce and determined man left Scotland, and sery

And feudal banners flaunt between. ed in France, under the patronage of the family Where the rude torrent's brawling course of Guise, to whom he was doubtless recommended

Was shagged with thorn and tangling sloe, by having avenged the cause of their niece, queen The ashler buttress braves its force, Mary, upon her ungrateful brother. De Thou has

And ramparts frown in battled row. recorded, that an attempt was made to engage him to assassinate Gaspar de Coligni, the famous ad

'Tis night: the shade of keep and spire miral of France, and the buckler of the Huguenot

Obscurely dance on Evan's stream,
But the character of Bothwellhaugh was

And on the wave the warder's fire mistaken. He was no mercenary trader in blood, Is chequering the moonlight beam. and rejected the offer with contempt and indigna- Fades slow their light; the east is gray; tion. He had no authority, he said, from Scotland, T'he weary warder leaves his tower; to commit murders in France; he had avenged his Steeds snort; uncoupled stag-hounds bay, own just quarrel, but he would neither, for price And merry hunters quit the bower. nor prayer, avenge that of another man.—Thuanus,

The drawbridge falls, they hurry out;

Clatters each plank and swinging chain, The regent's death happened 23 January, 1569.

As, dashing o'er, the jovial rout It is applauded, or stigmatized, by contemporary

Urge the shy steed, and slack the rein. historians, according to their religious or party prejudices. The triumph of Blackwood is un First of his troop, the chief rode on;' bounded. He not only extols the pious feat of His shouting merrymen throng behind; Bothwellhaugh, “who,” he observes, “ satisfied, The steed of princely Hamilton with a single ounce of lead, him, whose sacrile Was fleeter than the mountain wind. gious avarice had stripped the metropolitan church From the thick copse the roebucks bound, of St. Andrews of its covering;” but he ascribes it

The startling red deer scuds the plain; to immediate Divine inspiration, and the escape For the hoarse bugle's warrior sound of Hamilton to little less than the miraculous in

Has roused their mountain haunts again. terference of the Deity.--Jebb, vol. ii, p. 263. With equal injustice it was, by others, made the ground Through the huge oaks of Evandale, of a general national reflection; for, when Mather

Whose limbs a thousand years have worn, urged Berney to assassinate Burleigh, and quoted

What sullen roar comes down the gale, the examples of Poltrot and Both wellhaugh, the And drowns the hunter's pealing horn! other conspirators answered, “ that neither Pol Mightiest of all the beasts of chase, trot nor Hambletou did attempt their enterpryse, That roam in woody Caledon, without some reason or consideration to lead them

Crashing the forest in his race, to it: as the one, by hyre, and promise of prefer. The mountain ball comes thundering on.3 ment or rewarde; the other, upon desperate mind

Fierce, on the hunters' quivered band, of revenge, for a lyule wrong done unto him, as

He rolls his eye of swarthy glow, the report goethe, accordinge to the vyle trayterous

Spurns, with black hoof and horn, the sand, disposysyon of the hoole natyon of the Scottes.”—

And tosses high his mane of snow. Murdin's Stute Papers, vol. i, p. 197.

Aimed well, the chieftain's lance has flown; When princely Hamilton's abode

Struggling in blood the savage lies; Ennobled Cadyow's Gothic towers,

His roar is sunk in hollow groan! The song went round, the goblet flow'd,

Sound, merry huntsmen!

sound the pryse." And revel sped the laughing hours.

Tis noon: against the knotted oak Then, thrilling to the harp's gay sound,

The hunters rest the idle spear; So sweetly rung each vaulted wall,

Curls through the trees the slender smoke, And echoed light the dancer's bound,

Where yeomen dight the woodland cheer. As mirth and music cheered the hall.

Proudly the chieftain marked his clan, But Cadyow's towers, in ruins laid,

On greenwood lap, all careless thrown, And vaults, by ivy mantled o'er,

Yet missed his eye the boldest man, Thrill to the music of the shade,

That bore the name of Hamilton. Or echo Evan's hoarser roar.

“Why fills not Bothwellhaugh his place, Yet still, of Cadyow's faded fame,

Still wont our weal and wo to share? You bid me tell a minstrel tale,

Why comes he not our sport to grace? And tune my harp, of border frame,

Why shares he not our hunter's fare?» On the wild banks of Evandale.

Stern Claud replied, with darkening face, For thou, from scenes of courtly pride,

(Gray Pasley's haughty lord was he,)3 From pleasure's lighter scenes, canst turn, * Pryse-The vote blown at the death of the game.

“At merry feast, or buxom chase,

“ Glencairn and stout Parkhead were nigh, No more the warrior shalt thou see.

Obsequious at their regent's rein, 10 “Few suns have set, since Woodhouselees

And haggard Lindsay's iron eye,

That saw fair Mary weep in vain. 11
Saw Bothwellhaugh's bright goblets foam,
When to his hearths, in social glee,

“ Mid pennoned spears, a steely grove, The war-worn soldier turned him home.

Proud Murray's plumage floated high;

Scarce could his trampling charger move, “ There, wan from her maternal throes,

So close the minions crowded nigh. 12
His Margaret, beautiful and mild,
Sate in her bower, a pallid rose,

“ From the raised vizor's shade, his eye, And peaceful nursed her new-born child. Dark rolling, glanced the ranks along,

And his steel truncheon, waved on bigh, “O change accurst! past are those days;

Seemed marshalling the iron throng.
False Murray's ruthless spoilers came,
And, for the hearth's domestic blaze,

“ But yet his saddened brow confessed Ascends destruetion's volumed flame.

A passing shade of doubt and awe;

Some fiend was whispering in his breast, “What sheeted phantom wanders wild,

• Beware of injured Bothwellhaugh!' Where mountain Eske thro' woodland flows, Her arms enfold a shadowy child!

" The death-shot parts, the charger springs, Oh is it she, the pallid rose?

Wild rises tumult's startling roar!

And Murray's plumy helmet rings, – “ The wildered traveller sees her glide,

Rings on the ground, to rise no more. And hears her feeble voice with awe; • Revenge,' she cries, on Murray's pride!

“ What joy the raptured youth can feel, And wo for injured Bothwellhaugh!'

To hear her love the loved one tell,

Or, he who broaches on his steel
He ceased; and cries of rage and grief

The wolf, by whom his infant fell!
Burst mingling from the kindred band,
And half arose the kindling chicf,

“But dearer to my injured eye,
And half unsheathed his
Arran brand.

To see in dust proud Murray roll;

And mine was ten times trebled joy,
But who, o'er bush, o'er stream, and ruck,

To hear him groan his felon soul.
Rides headlong, with resistless speed,
Whose bloody poniard's frantic stroke

“ My Margaret's spectre glided near; Drives to the leap his jaded steed?"

With pride her bleeding victim saw;

And shrieked in his death-deafened ear, Whose check is pale, whose eye-balls glare, • Remember injured Bothwellhaugh!

As one some visioned sight that saw, Whose hands are bloody, loose his hair?.

“ Then speed thee, noble Chatelrault! —'Tis he! 'tis he! 'tis Bothwellhaugh!

Spread to the wind thy bannered tree!

Each warrior bend his Clydesdale bow! From gory selle,* and reeling steed,

Murray is fallen, and Scotland free!”
Sprung the fierce horseman with a bound,

Vaults every warrior to his steed;
And, reeking from the recent deed,
He dashed his carbine on the ground.

Loud bugles join their wild acelaim,

“ Murray is fallen and Scotland freed! Sternly he spoke: “ 'Tis sweet to hear,

Couch, Arran! couch thy spear of flame!” In good green-wood, the bugle blown;

But, see! the minstrel vision fails,
Bat sweeter to revenge's ear,
To drink a tyrant's dying groan.

The glimmering spears are seen no more;

The shouts of war die on the gales, “ Your slaughtered quarry proudly trod,

Or sink in Evan's lonely roar. At dawning morn, o'or dale and down,

For the loud bugle, pealing high, But prouder base-born Murray rode

The blackbird whistles down the vale, Through old Linlithgow's crowded town.

And sunk in ivied ruins lie “ From the wild border's humbled side,

The bannered towers of Evandale.
In haughty triumph marched he, 6

For chiefs intent on bloody deed,
While Knox relaxed his bigot pride,
And smiled, the traitorous pomp to see.

And Vengeance shouting o'er the sluis,

Lo! high-born Beauty rules the steed, “ But can stern Power, with all his vaunt,

Or graceful guides the silken rein.
Or Pomp, with all her courtly glare,
The settled heart of Vengeance daunt,

And tong may Peace and Pleasure own
Or change the purpose of Despair?

The maids, who list the minstrel's tale;

Nor e'er a ruder guest be known “With hackbut bent,+ my secret stand,

On the fair banks of Evandale!
Dark as the purposed deed, I chose,
And marked, where, mingling in his band,

NOTES. Trooped Scottish pikes and English bows. 1. First of his troop, the chief rode on.-P. 407. « Dark Morton, girt with many a spear, 8

The head of the family of Hamilton, at this pe Murder's foul minion, led the van;

riod, was James, earl of Arran, duke of ChatetheAnd clashed their broadswords in the rear,

rault in France, and first peer of the Scottish realm. The wild Macfarlane's plaided clan. 9

In 1569, he was appointed by queen Mary, her

lieutenant-general in Scotland, under the singular • Selle-Saddle. A word used by Spencer, and other title of her adopted father. ancient authors.

2. The mountain bull comes thundering on.-P. 407. + Hackbut bent-Gun cooked

“ In Caledonia olim frequens erat sylvestris asi

dam bos, nunc vero rarior, qui colore candidissi- Whair na prince lay thir hundred yeiris before, mo, jubam densam et demissam instar leonis ges

Nae thief durst stir, they did him feir so sair; tat, truculentus ac ferus, ab humano genere abhor

And, that they suld'na mair thair thift alledge,

Threescore and twelf he brocht of thame in pledge, rens, ut quæcunque homines vel manibus contrec

Syne wardit thame, whilk made the rest keep orduur, taverint, vel halitu perflaverint, ab iis multos post Than mycht the rasch-bus keep ky on the bordour. dies omnino abstinuerint. Ad hoc tanta audacia

Scottish Poems, 10th century, p. 232. huic bovi indita erat, ut non solum irritatus equites 7. With hackbut bent, my secret stand.-P. 408. furenter prosterneret, sed ne tantillum lacessitus The carabine, with which the regent was shot, omnes promiscue homines cornibus, ac ungulis pe- is preserved at Hamilton palace. It is a brass piece, teret; ac canum, qui apud nos ferocissimi sunt, im- of a middling length, very small in the bore, and, petus plane contemneret. Ejus carnes cartilagino- what is rather extraordinary, appears to bave been sæ sed saporis suavissimi. Erat is olim per illam rifled or indented in the barrel." It had a matchlock, vastissimam Caledoniæ sylvam frequens, sed hu- for which a modern firelock has been injudiciously mana ingluvie jam assumptus tribus tantum locis substituted. est reliquus, Strivilingii, Cumbernaldiæ, et Kin

8. Dark Morton, girt with many a spear.-P. 408. carpiæ."-Leslæus, Scotiæ Descriptio, p. 13.

Of this noted person it is enough to say, that he 3. Stern Claud replied, with darkening face

was active in the murder of David Rizzio, and at (Gray Pasley's haughty lord was he.)-P. 407.

least privy to that of Darnley. Lord Claud Hamilton, second son of the duke

9. The wild Macfarlane's plaided clan.-P. 408. of Chatelherault, and commendator of the abbey of Paisley, acted a distinguished part during the the regent Murray. Holinshead, speaking of the bat

This clan of Lennox highlanders were attached to troubles of queen Mary's reign, and remained un- tle of Langside, says, “ In this batayle the valialterably attached to the cause of that unfortunate ance of an hieland gentleman, named Macfarlane, princess. He led the van of her army at the fatal stood the regent's part in great steede; for, in the battle of Langside, and was one of the commanders hottest brunte of the fighte, he came up with two at the Raid of Stirling, which had so nearly given hundred of his friendes and countrymen, and so complete success to the queen's faction. He was ancestor to the present marquis of Abercorn.

manfully gave in upon the flankes of the queene's

people, that he was a great cause of the disorder4. Few suns have set, since Woodhouselee.-P. 408.

ing of them. This Macfarlane had been lately beThis barony, stretching along the banks of the fore, as I have heard, eondemned to die, for some Esk, near Auchendinny, belonged to Both well- outrage by him committed, and obtayning parhaugh, in right of his wife. The ruins of the man- don through suyt of the countess of Murray, he sion, from whence she was expelled in the brutal recompensed that clemencie by this piece of sermanner which occasioned her death, are still to vice now at this batayle.” Calderwood's account be seen in a hollow glen beside the river. Popu- is less favourable to the Macfarlanes. He states, lar report tenants them with the restless ghost that “ Macfarlane, with his highlandmen, fed of the lady Bothwellhaugh; whom, however, it from the wing where they were set. The lord confounds with lady Anne Bothwell, whose La-Lindesay, who stood nearest to them in the regent's ment is so popular.' This spectre is so tenacious battle, said, ' let them go! I shall fill their places of her rights, that, a part of the stones of the an- better and so stepping forward with a company cient edifice having been employed in building or of fresh men, charged the enemy, whose spears repairing the present Woodhouselee, she has were now spent, with long weapons, so that they deemed it a part of her privilege to haunt that were driven back by force, being before almost house also; and, even of very late years, has ex- overthrown by the avant guard and harquebusiers, cited considerable disturbance and terror among and so were turned to flight.” Calderwood's MS. the domestics. This is a more remarkable vindi- apud Keith, page 480. Melville meutions the cation of the rights of ghosts, as the present Wood-fight of the vanguard, but states it to have been houselee, which gives his title to the honourable commanded by Morton, and composed chiefly of Alexander Fraser Tytler, a senator of the college commoners of the barony of Renfrew. of justice, is situated on the slope of the Pentland 10. Glencairn and stout Parkhead were nigh, hills, distant at least four miles from her proper

Obsequious at their regent's rein.-P. 408. abode. She always appears in white, and with a The earl of Glencairn was a steady adherent of child in her arms.

the regent. George Douglas, of Parkhead, was a na5. Whose bloody poniard's frantic stroke,

tural brother of the earl of Morton: his horse was Drives to the leap his jaded steed.-P. 408. killed by the same ball by which Murray fell. Birrell informs us, that Bothwellhaugh, being 11. And haggard Lindsay's iron eye, closely pursued, “after that spur and wand had That saw fair Mary weep in vain.-P. 408. failed him, he drew forth his dagger, and strocke Lord Lindesay, of the Byres, was the most fehis horse behind, whilk caused the horse to leap rocious and brutal of the regent's faction; and, as a verey brode stank, (i. e. ditch,) by whilk means such, was employed to extort Mary's signature to he escapit, and gat away from all the rest of the the deed of resignation, presented to her iu Lochhorses." -- Birrel's Diary, p. 18.

leven castle. He discharged his commission with

the most savage rigour; and it is even said, that 6. From the wild border's humbled side,

when the weeping captive, in the act of signing, In haughty triumph marched he.-P. 408.

averted her eyes from the fatal deed, he pinched Murray's death took place shortly after an ex- her arm with the grasp of his iron glove. pedition to the borders; which is thus commemo

12. Scarce could his trampling charger move, rated by the author of his elegy.

So close the minions crowded nigh.-P. 408. “ So having stablischt all thing in this sort,

Richard Bannatyne mentions in his journal, that To Liddisdaill again he did resort, Throw Ewisdal, Eskdail, and all the daills rode he,

John Knox repeatedly warned Murray to avoid And also lay three mighis in Cannabie,

Linlithgow.

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