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“ But dearer to my injured eye,
To see in dust proud Murray roll ; And mine was ten times trebled joy,
To hear him groan his felon soul.
“ My Margaret's spectre glided near ;
With pride her bleeding victim saw ; And shriek'd in his death-deafen'd ear,
• Remember injured Bothwellhaugh!'
“ Then speed thee, noble Chatlerault !
Spread to the wind thy banner'd tree ! Each warrior bend his Clydesdale bow !
Murray is fall'n and Scotland free !"
Vaults every warrior to his steed;
Loud bugles join their wild acclaim“ Murray is fall’n, and Scotland freed !
Couch, Arran! couch thy spear of flame !"But, see! the Minstrel vision fails
The glimmering spears are seen no more; The shouts of war die on the gales,
Or sink in Evan’s lonely roar.
For the loud bugle, pealing high,
The blackbird whistles down the vale, And sunk in ivied ruins lie
The banner'd towers of Evandale.
For chiefs intent on bloody deed,
And vengeance shouting o'er the slain, Lo! highborn Beauty rules the steed,
Or graceful guides the silken rein.
And long may Peace and Pleasure own
The maids, who list the Minstrel's tale; Nor e'er a ruder guest be known
On the fair banks of Evandale !
First of his troop, the Chief rode 01.-P. 265. v. 2.
The head of the family of Hamilton, at this period, was James, Earl of Arran, Duke of Chatelherault in France, and first peer of the Scottish realm. In 1569, he was appointed by Queen Mary, her lieutenant-general in Scotland, under the singular title of her adopted father.
The Mountain Bull comes thundering on.-P. 266. v. 1.
In Caledonia olim frequens erat sylvestris quidam bos, nunc vero rarior, qui colore candidissimo, jubam densam et demissam instar leonis gestat, truculentus ac ferus ab humano genere abhorrens, ut quæcunque homines vel manibus contrectárint, vel halitu per flaverunt, ab iis multos post dies omnino abstinuerint. Ad hoc tanta au. dacia huic bovi indita erat, ut non solum irritatus equites furenter prosterneret, sed ne tantillum lacessitus omnes promiscue homines cornibus, ac ungulis peterit ; ac ca
num, qui apud nos ferocissimi sunt, impetus plane contemnerit. Ejus carnes cartilaginosc sed saporis fuavissimi. Erat is olim per illam vastissimam Caledonia sylvam frequens, sed humana ingluvie jam assumptus tribus tantum locis est reliquus, Strivilingü, Cumber. naldiæ, et Kincarniæ.--Leslæus, Scotia Descriptio, P13.
Stern Claud replied, with darkening face,
(Grey Pasley's haughty lord was he.)—P. 267. v. 3.
Lord Claud Hamilton, second son of the Duke of Chatelherault, and commendator of the Abbey of Paisley, acted a distinguished part during the troubles of Queen Mary's reign, and remained unalterably attached to the cause of that unfortunate princess. He led the van of her army at the fatal battle of Langside, and was one of the commanders at the Raid of Stirling, which had so nearly given complete success to the queen's faction. He was ancestor to the present Marquis of Abercorn.
Few suns have set, since Woodhouselee.-P. 267. v. 4.
This barony, stretching along the banks of the Esk, near Auchendinny, belonged to Bothwellhaugh, in right of his wife. The ruins of the mansion, from whence she was expelled in the brutal manner which occasioned her death, are still to be seen, in a hollow glen beside the river. Popular report tenants them with the restless ghost of the Lady Bothwellhaugh ; whom, however, it confounds with Lady Anne Bothwell, whose Lament is so popular. This spectre is so tenacious of her rights,
that, a part of the stones of the ancient edifice having been employed in building or repairing the present Woodhouselee, she has deemed it a part of her privilege to haunt that house also; and, even of very late years, has excited considerable disturbance and terror among the domestics. This is a more remarkable vindication of the rights of ghosts, as the present Woodhouselee, which gives his title to the Honourable Alexander Fraser Tytler, a senator of the College of Justice, is situated on the slope of the Pentland Hills, distant at least four miles from her proper abode. She always appears in white, and with a child in her arms.
Whose bloody poniard's frantic stroke
Drives to the leap his faded steed.-P. 269. v. 3. Birrell informs us, that Bothwellhaugh, being closely pursued, " after that spur and wand had failed him, he drew forth his dagger, and stroke his horse behind, whilk caused the horse to leap a very brode stank, (i. e, ditch,) by whilk means he escapit, and gat away from all the rest of the horses."-BIRRELL's Diary, p. 18.
From the wild Border's humbled side,
In haughty triumph marched he.-P. 270. v. 3. Murray's death took place shortly after an expedition to the Borders; which is thus commemorated by the author of his elegy:
“ So having stablischt all thing in this sort,
To Liddisdaill again he did resort, VOL. IIL