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of a knight, or baron. See Latham on Falconry.—Godscioft relates, that, when Mary of Lorraine was regent, she pressed the Earl of Angus to admit a royal garrison into his castle of Tantallon. To this he returned no direct answer; but, as if apostrophising a goss-havvk which sat on his wrist, and which he was feeding during the Queen's speech, he exclaimed, "The devil's in this greedy glade, she will never be full.' Hume's History of the House of Douglas, 1743, Vol. ii. p. 13L Barclay complains of the common and indecent practice of bringing hawks and hounds into churches.
And princely peacock's gilded train.—St. VI. p. 174. The peacock, it is well known, was considered, during the times of chivalry, not merely as an exquisite delicacy, but as a dish of peculiar solemnity. After being roasted, it was again decorated with its plumage, and a spunge, dipt in lighted spirits of wine, was placed in its bill. When it was introduced on days of grand festival, it was the signal for the adventurous knights to take upon them vows to do some deed of chivalry, " before the peacock and the ladies."
And o'er the boar-head, garnished brave.—St. VI. p. 174.
The boar's head was also a usual dish of feudal splendour. In Scotland it was sometimes surrounded with little banners, displaying the colours and achievements of the baron, at whose board it was served. Pinkerton's History, Vol. I. p. 432.
And cygnet from St Mary's wave.—St. VI. p. 174. There are often flights of wild swans upon St Mary's Lake, at the head of the river Yarrow.
Smote, with hit gauntlet, at mil HuntkUL—St. VII. p. 176.
The Rutherfords of Hunthill were an ancient race of Border lairds, whose names occur in history, sometimes as defending the frontier against the English, sometimes as disturbing the peace of the country. Dickon Draw-the-sword was son to the ancient warrior, called in tradition the Cock of Hunthill.
But bit his glove, and shook his head.—St. VII. p. 176. To bite the thumb, or the glove, seems not to have been considered, upon the Border, as a gesture of contempt, though so used by Shakespeare, but as a pledge of mortal revenge. It is yet remembered, that a young gentleman of Teviotdale, on the morning after a hard drinking-bout, observed, that he had bitten his glove. He instantly demanded of his companion, with whom he had quarrelled? and learning that he had had words with one of the party, insisted on instant satisfaction, asserting, that though he remembered nothing of the dispute, yet he never would have bit his glove unless he had received some unpardonable insult. He fell in the duel, which was fought near Selkirk, in 1721.
Arthur Fire-the-braes—St. VIII. p. 177.
The person, bcariug this redoubtable nomme de guerre, was an Elliot, and resided at Thorleshope, in Liddesdale. He occurs in the list of Border riders, in 1597.
Since old Buckleuch the name did gain, When in the cleuch the buck was ta'en.—St. VIII. p. 178. A tradition, preserved by Scott of Satchells, who published, in 1788, A true History of the Right Honourable Name of Scott, gives the following romantic origin of that name. Two brethren, natives of Galloway, having been banished from that country for a riot, or insurrection, came to Rankelburn, in Ettficke Forest, where the keeper, whose name wa3 Brydone, received them joyfully, on account of their skill in winding the horn, and in the other mysteries of the chace. Kenneth Mac-Alpin, then king of Scotland, came soon after to hunt in the royal forest, and pursued a buck from Ettrickeheuch to the glen now called Buckleuch, about two mjles above the junction of Rankelburn with the river Ettricke. Here the stag stood at bay; and the king and his attendants, who followed on horseback, were thrown out by the steepness of the hill and the morass. John, one of the brethren from Galloway, had followed the chace on foot; and now coming in, seized the buck by the horns, and, being a man of great strength and activity, threw him on his back, and run with his burden about a mile up the steep hill, to a place called CracraCross, where Kenneth had halted, and laid the buck at the sovereign's feet *.
The deer being curee'd in that place,
At his Majesty's demand,
And fetched water to his hand.
And Galloway John he wot;
Shall ever be called John Scot. ,;
"The forest, and the deer therein,
We commit to thy hand;
If thou obey command:
To us up that steep heuch,
Be John Scott in Buckscleuch."
In Scotland no Buckcleuch was then,
Before the buck in the cleuch was slain;
• Froissart relates, that a knight of the household of the Compte de Foix exhibited a similar teat of strength. The hall-fire had waxed low, and wood was wanted to mend it. This knight went down to the court-yard, where stood an ass laden with faggots, Seized on the animal and his burden, and, carrying him up to the hall on his shoulders, tumbled him into the chimney with his heels uppermost; a humane pleasantry, much applauded by the Count and all the spectators.
Night's-men t at first they did appear,
The Buccleuch arms have been altered, and now allude less pointedly to this hunting, whether real or fabulous. The family now bear Or upon a bend azure, a mullet betwixt two crescents of the field; in addition to which, they formerly bore in the field a hunting horn. The supporters, now two ladies, were formerly a hound and buck, or, according to the old terms, a hart of leash and a hart of greece. The family of Scott of Howpasley and Thirlestaine long retained the buglehorn: they also carried a bent bow and arrow in the sinister cantle, perhaps as a difference. It is said the motto was,— Best riding by moonlight, in allusion to thje crescents on the
t "Minions of the moon," as Falstaff would have said. The vocation pursued by our ancient Borderers may be justified on the authority of the most polished of the ancient nations: "For the Grecians in old time, and such barbarians as in the continent lived neere unto the sea, or else inhabited the islands, after once they began to crosse over one to another in ships, became theeves, and went abroad under the conduct of their more puissant men, both to enrich themselves, and to fetch in maintenance for the weak: and falling upon towns unfortified, or scalteringly inhabited, rifled them, and made this the best means of their living; being a mat