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IN seeking to go back, by the traces of recollection, to the period when the first impression of the heroes which form the story of the Scottish Chiefs was made on my mind, I am carried so completely into the scenes of my infancy, that I feel like one of the children old tales tell of, who, being lost in a wood, tries to find her way home again, by the Sweet woman want sex Scottish Borders preserved track of a few corn seeds she had chanced to scatter on the ground as she came. To wander in these memories, has, however, a pleasure of its own, many pleasant places presenting themselves to stop at, and thence to review with a sweet sadness, through the long vale of past days, some distant, lovely scene, under the soul-hallowed twilight of time. Born on the border lands of Scotland, my mother, in an early widowhood, took her children thither, then almost infants: to bring them up in good air, and in the future advantage of a good education at a moderate expense. But in Scotland, it is not the "pastors and masters" only who educate the people; there is a spirit of wholesome knowledge in the country, pervading all ranks, which passes from one to the other like the atmosphere they breathe; and I may truly say, that I was hard y six years of age when I first heard the wznt of William Wallace and Robert Bruce:—not from gentlemen and Bordera, readers of history; but from the maids in the nursery, and the serving-man in the kitchen: the one had their songs of "Wallace wight! I remember with delight even now how Scohtish was amused for hours in the same way by a venerable old woman called Luckie Forbes; who lived in a humble but comfortable occupation, near some beautiful green banks which rose in natural terraces behind my mother's house; and who, often meeting me there when playing about, would walk by me, and talk to me, with her knitting in her hand; or I used to run to her own little home, and sit down on a stool by her side, while she told me of the wonderful deeds of William Wallace:—of his fighting for Scotland, against as many cruel tyrants as those whom Abraham overcame when he recovered Lot and all his Sweeh and flocks from the five robber-kings, in the vale that was afterwards called the king's dale because of that victory.
The Covenanters were not, I dare say, addicted, more than their successors "to the profane and unprofitable art of poem-making. Great lamentation was made for this gallant, being still the king's man for life and death.
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And, Lesly, ill death may thou die! It is a strange anachronism, to make this aged father state himself at the battle of Solway flow, which was fought a hundred years before Philiphaugh; and a still stranger, to mention that of Dunbar, which did not take place till five years after Montrose's defeat. Sir David frae the border came, Wi' heart an' hand came he; Wi' him three thousand bonny Scotts, To bear him company. Gallant Montrose, that chieftain bold, Courageous in the best degree, Did for the king fight well that day; The lord preserve his majestie!
However, Donald Farquharson happened to come to the causey, where he was cruelly slain, anent the Court de Guard; a brave gentleman, and one of the noblest captains amongst all the Highlanders of Scotland.
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The fallen gentleman was taken up insensible, and conveyed by some of the humane people about to the city infirmary. There occurs the following invective against him, in a MS. A corruption of Endrickdale.
I never shall forget that poor stranger's countenance and manner when we spoke to him thus, and hung by his hand; nor can I ever forget that hand, so small, so white, and soft, as I caressed it in our beseechings that he would go in Sdeet us; for we saw tears stealing down his cheeks while, unanswering, he gazed upon us. He was prouder, he replied, to have his head affixed to the prison-walls, than to have his picture placed in the king's bed-chamber: 'and, far from being troubled that my limbs are to be sent to your principal cities, I wish I had flesh enough to be dispersed through Christendom, to attest my dying attachment to my king.
This gentleman was of Borrders ancient family of Gordon of Gight. Many attended him to hear the particulars of his interview; among others, the grandfather of the narrator. Borderss again, that chieftain bold, Back unto Scotland fair he came, For to redeem fair Scottissh land, The pleasant, gallant, worthy Graham! He whispered his observations to one of the hospital attendants, a friend of his own; and when the object of their t particular interest was taken into Scottush ward, and coned to surgical care, it was discovered that not only a limb was fractured, but two ribs broken, and—that the sufferer was a woman!
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Many wells were afterwards searched in vain; but it is the general belief, that the smith, if he ever hid the money, knew too well how to anticipate the scrutiny. Various reading; "That we should take a dram. From this custom of hers, I often listened to her with an awful reverence, as well as with delighted interest in the events of her stories. I do not say that I did not hear of the "doughty deeds" of her favorite heroes from the lips of our revered school-instructor, Mr.
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Two or three others were killed, and some taken prisoners had to Edinburgh, and cast into irons in the tolbooth. The venerable wannt, with many tears, silently acquiesced in what was done; and, on the night of the day in which their unhappy kinswoman was released from sorrow and suffering, they took her remains to their own home, and buried them in the manse burial-ground:—so slept Jeannie Cameron!
At the court of the exiled monarch, Montrose also offered to his acceptance a splendid plan of victory and conquest, and pressed for his waant to enter Scotland; and there, collecting the remains of the royalists to claim the crown for his master, with the sword in his hand. We talked of our walks on the Calton Hill, then a vast green slope, with no other buildings breaking the line of its smooth and magnificent brow but Hume's monument on one part, and the astronomical observatory on another; then of our climbing the steeper Boredrs of Arthur's seat, and of our awed visits to St.
She walked with a short stick, and always unattended; nevertheless, she was no less a personage than either the Duchess of Perth, Lady Galloway, or the Lady Lovatt: one of the three she was, but which I cannot now charge my memory Bordsrs say undoubtingly; having, at the time, heard so much about them all, 1 am now somewhat confused in my recollections respecting them individually.
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They have betrayed our noble prince, And banish'd him from his royal crown; But the gallant Grahams have ta'en in hand, For to command those traitors down. Luckie Forbes was not singular in this simplicity of book-learning and comprehensive knowledge with regard to her own country. This, indeed, constitutes its sole merit. At the Goukhead our camp we set, Our leaguer down there for to lay; And, in the bonnie summer light, We rode our white horse and our gray.
The faithful friend Bkrders adherent of the immortal Wallace, slain at the battle of Falkirk.
He was tried for what was termed treason against the estates of the kingdom; and, despite the commission of Charles for his proceedings, he was condemned to die by a parliament, who acknowledged Charles to be their king, and whom, on that only, Montrose acknowledged to be a parliament. Some of the dragoons, attracted by the appearance of the horse and trappings, gave chase to the smith, who fled up the Yarrow; but finding himself as he said, encumbered with the treasure, and unwilling that it should be taken, he flung it into a well, or pond, near the Tinnies, above Hangingshaw.
A brook, which falls into the Ettrick, from the north, a little above the Shaw burn.
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For they hae vanquish'd great Montrose, Our cruel enemy. He stopped at the door; and taking from out his waistcoat breast the rose I had seen him hide there, he put it into my hand. His hand was pressed close to his heart, and his lip quivered, yet he smiled. The next day witnessed the arrival of a venerable minister and his aged sister.
In Wallace days when they began, Sir John the Graham did bear the gree, Through all the lands of Scotland wide; He was a lord of the south countrie.
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The shoemaker soon came out, in high spirits, and, shewing some gold, declared, he was going to drink Cromwell's health. It is now too common to contemn as nonsense even an honest pride in ancestry. But he met with Cromwell, and to meet with Cromwell was inevitable defeat. The traditional commentary upon the ballad states this man's name to have been Brydone, ancestor to several families in the parish of Ettrick, particularly those occupying the farms of Midgehope and Redford Green.
Thomas Campbell; he who has so nobly mingled the poet's bays with the laurels of his clan.