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They were so nyss" when men them nigh'd? He played so schill," and sang so sweet, They squeilit like any gaitis, 3

While Towsy took a transs ;

Full loud, Old Light-foot,3 there he did forleit,
At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day. And counterfeited France, 5

He us'd himself as man discreet,

And up took morrice dance
Of all these maidens mild as meid,

Full loud, Was none so gymp as Gillie ;5

At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day. As any rose her rude 6 was red,

VI. Her lyre 7 was like the lily : Fow yellow, yellow was her head, Then Stephen came stepping in with But she of love was silly, 8

stends Though all her kin had sworn her dead, 9

No rink might him arrest,
She would have but sweet Willy,

Splayfoot7 he bobbit up with bends,

For Maud he made request :
At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day.

He lap till he lay on his lends, 8

But rising he was prest,

Till that he hostit,9 at both ends,
She scornèd Jock and skraipit at him,

For honour of the feast, And murgeon'd him with mocks, to

That day, He would have luvit, she would not let At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day.

For all his yellow locks ;

He cherisht her, she bad go chat him," Syne Robin Roy began to revel
She comptit him not two clocks ;

And Downy till him dragged,
So shamefully his short gown '3 set him,

Let be, quoth Jock, and called him Javell, so His limbs were like two rocks, 14

And by the tail him tuggèd ;
She said,

The Kensie cleiked to a cavell,
At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day.

But Lord! how then they lugged,

They parted, manly with a neveil ;

God wot gif hair was rugged,
Tam Lutar was their minstrel meet,

Between them, O Lord, as he could lanss, 15

At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day.





Ane bent a bow, sic sturt 13 could steir14 him,

Great skaith wes'd to have scared him;

wry faces.

Nice, shy, skittish. 9 Threatened her
Approached them.

death. 3 Screamed like goats.

10 Took him off with 4 The beverage mead. mock curtsys and 5 Tidy, slender waisted

as Gillian, or Juliana. " Hang himself. 6 Complexion of the 12 Valued him not two cheeks.

beetles. 7 Neck and bosom. 13 Cloak or jacket. 8 Happy, or simple.

14 Distaffs, spindle

i Shrill.
? A turn at dancing.
3 Scotch reels.
4 Forsake, forget.
5 Aped the French

shanks. 15 As how he could skip-make the bow skip ca the fiddle ?

fashion. 6 Strides. 7 The name of a


8 All his length 9 Coughed. 10 Very nearly the

Gaelic expression

for “thou devil." 11 Meaning obscure. 12 Pulled each other. 13 Strife. 14 Stir, provoke.

He chesit a flane as did affeir' him;

The t'other said dirdum dardum : 2 Through both the cheikis he thought to

cheir 3 him, Or throw the erss have chard 4 him, But by an akerbraid 5 it came not near him, I can not tell what marr'd him,

There, At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day.

He hecht' to pierce him at the pap,

Thereon to wed a wedder ;a
He hit him on the wame a wap ;3

It buft4 like any bledder ; 5
But so his fortune was, and hap,
His doublet was of ledder ; 6

And saved him,
At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day.

IX. With that a friend of his cried, fye!

And up an arrow drew; He forged it so furiously,

The bow in flenders? flew ; So was the will of God, trow I !

For, had the tree been true, Men said, that kend his archery, That he had slain anew,8

That day, At Christ's-Kirk on the green.

XII. The buff so to bousteouslie abaisit7 him,

That he to the erd duscht 8 down ; The other for dead he preissit 9 him,

And fled out of the town : The wives come furth and up they paisit to

him, And fande life in the loun ;" And with three routis 12 they raised him, And curèd him of swoon,

At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day.

Ayaip 13 young man, that stood him neist,

Loos d off a shot with ire ;
He ettlit 15 the bern 16 in at the breist,

The bolt flew o'er the byre ;
Ane cried, fye! he had slain a priest,

A mile beyond a mire ;
Then bow and bag from him he keist,"7
And fled as fierce as fire

Off flint, At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day.

XIV. With forks and flails they let great flappis,

And flang together like friggis ; 18


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XI. Then Lowry as a lion lap,

And soon a flane can fedder ; 14

i Chose an arrow that 9 A giddy young felsuited his purpose.

low. 2 An expression of ironi- 10 Expert, handy.

cal excitement. 11 Fitted up a bow 3 Pierce.

and arrow (tackle) 4 Pierced.

without delay. 5 Acre-breadth.

12 Enraged. 6 Pulled ?

13 The Virgin. 7 Splinters.

14 An arrow feathered. 3 He would have slain enough; ironically.


10 Poised him up. To bet a sheep. 11 Rogue, fellow. 3 A blow on the belly. 12 Bellowings, belchings. 4 Sounded, retorted. 13 Apt, ready. 5 Bladder.

14 Next, nearest. 6 Leather.

15 Aimed at. 7 The blow so greatly 16 Man.

stunned him. 17 Cast from him the 8 To earth was dashed. bow and quiver. 9 For dead then left 18 Attacked each other him.

like furies.


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* Cross spars used in 10 Avoided, escaped. wattle buildings.

II Went between two 2 Struck off blue bonnets,

waggons. 3 Made bridges of those

12 Proved his pru. who fell-trampled dence.

13 Unbruised bones. 4 Uproar.

14 Tall Hugh with a 5 Cudgels.

hazel stick. 6 Riggin; figuratively, 15 To separate, rum

men's backs and bled or wrestled ribs.

through them. 7 Love lies.

16 Tumbled. 8 Let drive at each 17 Useless tike, figu

other with groans. ratively applied. 9 Stangs, poles. 18 Wranglers to mix.

Parley, hold off! 2 Old feud. 3 Caused, he ran off. 4 It became him better. 5 Beyond challenge. 6 Cobbler. 7 Swelled, filled. 8 Besmeared. 9 Groaned. 10 Ghost. 11 Golden.

12 Laced, chained in

love. 13 Surrendered, mean

ing obscure. 14 No joke. 15 Knotted, knocked

their heads (?) 16 The ambush burst

out on him. 17 Attacked him with

bows and arrows.

Syne traitourly? behind his back,
They hewed him on the houghs,

Behind, At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day.

XX. Two, that were heidsmen’ of the herd,

Ran upon other like rammis ; Than followit feymen,3 right unaffeir'd,

Bet on with barrow trammis ;4 But where their gobbis were ungeird, 5

They got upon the gammis ;6 While bloody barkit was their beard ;7 As they had worreit lammis

Maist like, At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day.

XXII. When they had beirit,' like baited bulls,

And branewod, brynt in bailis, They wox as meek as any mulis,

That mangit were with mailis :3 For faintness thir forfoughten fulis

Fell down, like flauchtir failis ;4 Fresh men came in and hail'd the

dulis5 And dang them down in dailis, 6

Bedene,7 At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day.


The wives cast up an hideous yell,

When all the younkers yokkit ;8
As fierce as any fire-flaughts 9 fell,

Friekes 10 to the field they flockit : The carls with clubs could other quell

While blood at breists out bockit ;" So rudely rang the common bell, While all the steeple rockit,

For reird, 12 At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day.

When all was done, Dick, with an aix,

Came forth, to fell a futher ;8
Quod he, where are yon hangit smaiks, 9

Right now, wald slain my bruther; His wife bade him go home, good

glaiks, And so did Meg, his mother; He turn'd and gave them both their II

For he durst ding :? none other,

For fear, At Christ's-Kirk on the green, that day.

* Then treacherously.

6 Gums. 2 Headmen, or herds. 7 Clotted with blood. men.

8 Youngsters en. 3 Feymen, men under a

gaged in strife. fatality; or faemen, 9 Flashes of ligh:foes.

ning. 4 Shaftsofa wheelbarrow. 10 Quarrelsome fel5 Gabs were unhar

lows. nessed, that is,

11 Belched, flowed. unprotected.

' Roared, bellowed. 6 Knocked then
2 Brain-madness, burnt down in heaps.
in sorrow.

7 Presently.
3 Mules wearied carry-

8 Cut down more. ing burdens, mails. 9 Hanged knaves. 4 Thin turf used for 10 Silly,or idiotic

perroofing, cut with a sons. spade for that pur

11 A drubbing pose.

12 Beat, strike, 5 A phrase used when a game of football is


12 The uproar.


THE BATTLE OF HARLAW. decision, but determined to assert his

claims by force. His maritime power This ballad, though evidently modern- was so great as to make him be reized in the course of transmission to our garded worthy of an alliance with times, is with reasonable probability sup- England; and he was enabled to raise posed to have been written soon after an army of 10,000 land forces amongst the event which it celebrates. Its title his island retainers. With these he being given in The Complaint of Scotland, marched into Ross, and after defeating 1548, it may therefore be regarded as and making a prisoner of Angus Dhu, the earliest specimen of our historical who with a small force opposed him on ballads that has been preserved; and behalf of Buchan, he resolved to attack though possessing little poetical merit, his opponent in his native domains. it is of interest both on account of the Having advanced the length of the narrative which it gives of a conflict village of Harlaw, ear Inverury, about which, next to the battle of Flodden, had 12 miles north of Aberdeen, he was met been most fatal to the nobility of Scot- by the Earl of Mar, a natural son of land, and as a vivid picture of that state Buchan by a Highland mistress, and of political anarchy which James I. after who, from having been the leader of a his restoration did so much to remedy. band of Highland banditti, by bold

The special object of the contest was and unscrupulous conduct worthy of the possession of the ancient and exten- his father, the Wolf of Badenoch, as he sive earldom of Ross, which, like so many was significantly called, became Earl of our Scottish possessions, became the of Mar. Nevertheless his early training heritage of an heiress. This lady, Eu- and service abroad made him a most able phemia Ross, was by the mother's side soldier, and he regarded the advance of a grand-daughter of the Regent, Robert Donald with such contempt as to meet Duke of Albany. Having resolved upon him with about 1000 of the chivalry of taking the veil, she was prevailed upon to the North, fully armed. The battle assign the earldom to her uncle, the Earl which ensued was fought 24th July 1411, of Buchan, Albany's brother. Her aunt and its results are graphically, if roughly, Margaret, the next heir, married Don- detailed in the ballad, the authorship of ald, Lord of the Isles, and he, in right which is quite unknown. The composiof his wife, disputed the legality of the tion has an amateur appearance, and assignation. The claims of both par- must have been written by a partisan of ties were submitted to the arbitration of the Lowland side, although it does not Albany, who decided in favour of his display so strong a party animus, conbrother, and against Donald. The sidering the vehement race animosity island Lord did not acquiesce in the which characterized the combatants, as

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