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manner of his father's death, and the place of his sepulture. It seems the lord of Mauny had, at a
great tournament, unhorsed, and wounded to the
death, a Gascon, knight of the house of Mirepoix,
whose kinsman was bishop of Cambray. For this
deed he was held at feud by the relations of the
knight, until he agreed to undertake a pilgrimage to
the shrine of St. James of Compostella, for the ben
efit of the soul of the deceased. But as he returned
through the town of Ryoll, after accomplishment of his vow, he was beset, and treacherously slain, by the
kindred of the knight whom he had killed. Sir Wal
ter, guided by the old man, visited the lowly tomb of his father ; and, having read the inscription, which was in Latin, he caused the body to be raised and trasported to his native city of Valenciennes, where
masses were, in the days of Froissart, duly said for
the soul of the unfortunate pilgrim—Cronycle of Froissart. Vol. I. p. 123.
While Cessford owns the rule of Car—Ver. 8, p. 19. The family of Ker, Kerr, or Car,” was very powerful on the Border. Fynes Morrison remarks, in his travels, that their influence extended from the
.* The name is spelled differently by the various families who bear it. Car is selected, not as the most correct, but as the most poetical reading.
village of Preston Grange, in Lothian, to the limits of England. Cessford Castle, the ancient baronial residence of the family, is situated near the village of Morebattle, within two or three miles of the Cheviot Hills. It has been a place of great strength and consequence, but is now ruinous. Tradition affirms, that it was founded by Halbert, or Habby Ker, a gigantic warrior, concerning whom many stories are current in Roxburghshire. The duke of Roxburghe, represents Ker of Cessford. A distinct and powerful branch of the same name own the marquis of Lothian as their chief; hence the distinction betwixt Kerrs of Cessford and Fairnihurst.
Before lord Cranstoun she should wed—Ver, 10. p. 20.
The Cranstouns, lord Cranstoun, are an ancient Border family, whose chief seat was at Crailing in Teviotdale. They were at this time at feud with the clan of Scott ; for it appears that the lady of Buccleuch, in 1557, beset the laird of Cranstoun, seeking his life. Nevertheless, the same Cranstoun, or perhaps his son, was married to a daughter of the same lady.
Qf Bethune's line of Picardie—Ver. 11, p. 29.
The Bethunes were of French origin, and derived their name from a small town in Artois. There were several distinguished families of the Bethunes in the neighbouring province of Picardie ; they numbered among their descendants the celebrated Duc de Sully; and the name was accounted among the most noble in France, while aught noble remained in that country. The family of Bethune, or Beatoun, in Fife, produced three learned and dignified prelates ; namely, cardinal Beatoun, and two successive archbishops of Glasgow, all of whom flourished about the date of the romance. Of this family was descended Dame Janet Beatoun, lady Buccleuch, widow of Sir Walter Scott of Branksome. She was a woman of a masculine spirit, as appeared from her riding at the head of her son's clan, after her husband's murder. She also possessed the hereditary abilities of her family in such a degree, that the superstition of the vulgar imputed them to supernatural knowledge. With this was mingled, by faction, the foul accusation of her having influenced queen Mary to the murder of her husband. One of the placards preserved in Buchanan's Detection, accuses of Darnley's murder “ the erle Bothwell, Mr. James Balfour, the persoun of Fliske, Mr. David Chalmers, blak Mr. John Spens, wha was principal deviser of the murder ; and the quene assenting thairto, throw the persuasioun of the erle Bothwell, and the witchcraft of the lady Buccleuch.”
He learned the art, that none may name,
Padua was long supposed by the Scottish peasants to be the principal school of necromancy. The earl of Gowrie, slain at Perth in 1600, pretended, during his studies in Italy, to have acquired some knowledge of the cabala, by which he said he could charm snakes, and work other miracles; and, in particular, could produce children without the intercourse of the sexes. See the examination of Wemyss of Bogie before the Privy Council, concerning Gowrie's con
His form no darkening shadow traced
The shadow of a necromancer is independent of the sun. Glyeas informs us, that Simon Magus. caused his shadow to go before him, making people believe it was an attendant spirit. HAywood's Hierarchie, p. 475. The vulgar conceive that when a class of students have made a certain progress in their mystic studies, they are obliged to run through a subterraneous hall, where the Devil literally catch
es the hindmost in the race, unless he crosses the hall so speedily, that the arch-enemy can only apprehend his shadow. In the latter case, the person of the sage never after throws any shade; and those, who have thus lost their shadow, always prove the best magicians.
The viewles forms of air—Ver, 12, p. 21.
The Scottish vulgar, without having any very defined notion of their attributes, believe in the existence of an intermediate class of spirits residing in the air, or in the waters; to whose agency they ascribe floods, storms, and all such phenomena as their own philosophy cannot readily explain. They are supposed to interfere in the affairs of mortals, sometimes with a malevolent purpose, and sometimes with milder views. It is said, for example, that a gallant baron, having returned from the Holy Land to his castle of Drummelziar, found his fair lady nursing a healthy child, whose birth did not, by any means correspond to the date of his departure. Such an occurrence, to the credit of the dames of the crusaders be it spoken, was so rare, as to require a miraculous solution. The lady therefore was believed, when she averred confidently, that the Spirit of the Tweed had issued from the river while she was walking upon its bank, and had compelled her to