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Jose thought, as he took it, the dead man frowned.
William of Deloraine might be strengthed in this belief by the well known story of the Cid Ruy Diaz. When the body of that famous Christian champion was lying in state, a certain malicious Jew stole into the chamber to pull him by the beard ; but he had no sooner touched the formidable whiskers, than the corpse started up, and half unsheathed his sword. The Israelite fled ; and so permanent was the effect of his terror that he became Christian. HEYwood's Hierarchie, p. 480, quoted from Sebastian Cabarruwias Crozce.
The baron's dwarf his courser held—ver. 31, p. 49.
The idea of lord Cranstoun's goblin page is taken from a being called Gilpin Horner, who appeared and made some stay, at a farm-house among the Border-mountains. A gentleman of that country has noted down the following particulars concerning his appearance.
“The only certain, at least most probable account, that ever I heard of Gilpin Horner, was from an old man of the name of Anderson, who was born, and lived all his life, at Todshawhill, in Eskedale-muir, the place where Gilpin appeared and staid for some time. He said there were two men, late in the evening, when it was growing dark, employed in fastening the horses upon the uttermost part of their ground (that is, tying their fore-feet together, to hinder them from travelling far in the night,) when they heard a voice, at some distance, crying, “ tint 1 tint 2 tint "* One of the men, named Moffat, called out, “What d'eil has tint you? Come here.’ Immediately a creature of something like a human form appeared. It was surprisingly little, distorted in features, and mis-shapen in limbs. As soon as the two men could see it plainly, they run home in a great fright, imagining they had met with some goblin. By the way Moffat fell, and it run over him, and was home at the house as soon as any of them, and staid there a long time ; but I cannot say how long. It was real flesh and blood, and ate and drank, was fond of cream, and when it could get at it, would destroy a great deal. It seemed a mischievous creatrue ; and any of the children whom it could master, it would beat and scratch without mercy. It was once abusing a child belonging to the same Moffat, who had been so frightened by its first appearance; and he, in a passion, struck it so violent a blow upon the side of the head, that it tumbled upon the ground: but it was not stunned; for it set up its head direct
ly, and exclaimed, ‘Ah hah, Will o' Moffat, you' strike sair!” (viz. sore...) After it had staid there long, one evening, when the women were milking the cows in the loan, it was playing among the children near by them, when suddenly they heard a loud shrill voice cry, three times, Gilpin Horner / It started, and said “ That is me I must away;' and instantly disappeared, and was never heard of more. Old Anderson did not remember it, but said, he had often heard his father, and other old men in the place, who were there at the time, speak about it; and in my younger years, I have often heard it mentioned, and never met with any who had the remotest doubt as to the truth of the story; although I must own, I cannot help thinking there must be some misrepresentation in it.” To this account I have to add the following particulars, from the most respectable authority. Besides constantly repeating the word tint 1 tint / Gilpin Horner was often heard to call upon Peter Bertram, or Be-te-ram, as he pronounced the word ; and when the shrill voice called Gilpin Horner, he immediately acknowledged it as the summons of the said Peter Bertram, who seems, therefore, to have been the devil, who had tint, or lost, the little imp.
But the lady of Branksome gathered a band
“Upon 25th June, 1557, Dame Janet Beatoune, ladye Buccleuch, and a great number of the name of Scott, delaitit (accused) for coming to the kirk of St. Mary of the Lowes, to the number of two hundred persons, bodin in feir of weire (arranged in armour.) and breaking open the doors of the said kirk, in order to apprehend the laird of Cranstoune for his destruction.” On the 20th July, a warrant from the queen is presented, discharging the justice to proceed against the ladye Buccleuch while new calling. Abridgment of Books of Adjournal in Advocates' Library. The following proceedings upon this case appear on the record of the court of Justiciary: On the 25th of June, 1557, Robert Scott, in Bowhill parish, priest of the kirk of St. Mary’s, accused of the convocation of the queen's lieges, to the number of 200 persons, in warlike array, with jacks, helmets, and other weapons, and marching to the chapel of St. Mary of the Lowes, for the slaughter of Sir Peter Cranstoun, out of ancient feud and malice prepense, and of breaking the doors of the said kirk, is repledged by the archbishop of Glasgow. The bail given by Robert Scott of Allanhaugh, Adam Scott of Burnefute, Robert Scott, in Howfurde, Walter Scott in Todshawhaugh, Walter Scott younger of Synton, Thomas Scott of Hynyng, Robert Scott, William Scott, and James Scott, brothers of the said Walter Scott, Walter Scott in the Woll, and Walter Scott, son of William Scott of Harden, and James Wemys in Eckford, all accused of the same crime, is declared to be forfeited. On the same day, Walter Scott of Synton, and Walter Chisholme, of Chisholme, and William Scott of Harden, became bound, jointly, and severally, that Sir Peter Cranstoun, and his kindred and servants, should receive no injury from them in future. At the same time, Patrick Murray of Fallohill, Alexander Stuart, uncle to the laird of Trackwhare, John Murray of Newhall, John Fairlye, residing in Selkirk, George Tait younger of Pirn, John Pennycuke of Pennycuke, James Ramsay of Cokpen, the laird of Fassyde, and the laird of Henderstoune, were all severally fined for not attending as jurors. Upon the 20th of July following, Scott of Synton, Chisholme of Chisholme, Scott of Harden, Scott of Howpaslie, Scott of Burnfute, with many others, are ordered to appear at next calling, under the pains of treason. But no farther procedure seems to have taken place. It is said, that, upon this rising, the kirk of St. Mary was burned by the Scotts.