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of this song in the Tea Table Miscellany, carefully suppressing all which had any connection with the history of the author, and origin of the piece. In this case, however, honest Allan is in some degree justified, by the extreme worthlessness of the poetry. A verse or two may be taken, as illustrative of the history of Roaring Willie, alluded to in the text.
Now Willie's gane to Jeddart,
And he's for the rude-day •;
They followed him a' the way;
They fand him sleeping sound.
Stobs lighted aff his horse.
And never a word he spak,
Fu' fast behind his back;
And drink will be dear to Willie,
When sweet milk X gars him die.
Ah wae light on ye, Stobs!
An ill death mot ye die!
That e'er laid hands on me;
And took my mare me frae;
Ye are my mortal fae!
• The day of the Rood-fair at Jedburgh.
t Sir Gilbert Elliot of Stobs, and Scott of Falnash.
t A wretched pun on his antagonist's name.
The lasses of Ousenam water
Are rugging and riving their hair.
His beauty was so fair:
And comely for to see.
When sweet milk gars him die.
Black Lord Archibald's battle laws,
The title to the most ancient collection of Border regulations runs thus:
"Be it remembered, that on the 18th day of December 1468, Earl William Douglas assembled the whole lords, freeholders, and eldest Borderers, that best knowledge had, at the college of Linclouden; and there he caused those lords and Borderers bodily to be sworn, the Holy Gospel touched, that they justly and truly, after their cunning, should decrete, decern, deliver, and put in order and writing, the statutes, ordinances, and uses of marche, that were ordained in Black Archibald of Douglas's days, and Archibald his sor.'s days, in time of warfare; and they came again to him advisedly with these statutes and ordinances, which were in time of warfare before. The said Earl William, seeing the statutes in writing decreed and delivered by the said lords and Borderers, thought them right speedful and profitable to the Borders; the which statutes, ordinances, and points of warfare, he took, and the whole lords and Borderers he caused bodily to be sworn, that they should maintain and supply him at their goodly power, to do the law upon those that should break the statutes underwritten. Also the said Earl William, and lords and eldest Borderers, made certain points to be treason in time of warfare to be used, which were no treason before his time, hut to be treason in his time, and in all time coming."
The Bloody Heart blazed in the van, Announcing Douglas, dreaded name !—St. IV. p. 138. The chief of this potent race of heroes, about the date of the poem, was Archibald Douglas, seventh Earl of Angus, a man of great courage and activity. The bloody heart was the well-known cognisance of the house of Douglas, assumed from the time of Good Lord James, to whose care Robert Bruce committed his heart, to be carried to the Holy Land.
The Seven Spears of Wedderburn.—St. IV. p. 138.
Sir David Home of Wedderburn, who was slain in the fatal battle of Flodden, left seven sons by his wife, Isabel, daughter of Hoppringle of Galashiels (now Pringle of Whitebank). They were called the Seven Spears of Wedderburne.
And Swinton placed the lance in rest, That humbled erst the sparkling crest Of Clarence's Plantagenet.—St. IV. p. 138. At the battle of Bouge' in France, Thomas, Duke of Clarence, brother to Henry V., was unhorsed by Sir John Swinton of Swinton, who distinguished him by a coronet set with precious stones, which he wore around his helmet. The family of Swinton is one of the most ancient in Scotland, and produced many celebrated warriors.
Beneath the crest of old Dunbar,
Down the steep mountain glittering far,
St. IV. p. 139.
The Earls of Home, as descendants of the Dunbars, ancient Earls of March, carried a lion rampant, argent; but, as a difference, changed the colour of the shield from gules to vert, in allusion to Greenlaw, their ancient possession. The slogan, or war-cry, of this powerful family was, "a Home! a Home 1" It was anciently placed in an escrol above the crest. The helmet is armed with a lion's head erased gules, with a cap of state gules, turned up ermine.
The Hepburns, a powerful family in East Lothian, were usually in close alliance with the Homes. The chief of this clan wa3 Hepburn, Lord of Hailes; a family which terminated in the too famous Earl of Bothwell.