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And Teesdale can remember yet,
How Fate to Virtue paid her debt,
And, for their troubles, bade them prove
A lengthen'd life of peace and love.

Time and tide had thus their sway,
Yielding, like an April day,
Smiling noon for sullen morrow,
Years of joy for hours of sorrow! .

Sword, halbert, musket-butt, their blows Haild upon Bertram as he rose; A score of pikes, with each a wound, Bore down and pinn'd him to the ground; But still his struggling force he rears, "Gainst hacking brands and stabbing spears; Thrice from assailants shook him free, Once gain d his feet, and twice his knee. By tenfold odds oppress'd at length, Despite his struggles and his strength, He took a hundred mortal wounds, As mute as fox 'mongst mangling hounds; And when he died, his parting groan Had more of laughter than of moan! -They gazed, as when a lion dies, And hunters scarcely trust their eyes, But bend their weapons on the slain, Lest the grim king should rouse again! -Then blow and insult some renew'd, And from the trunk the head had hew'd, Bat Basil's voice the deed forbade ; A mantle o'er the corse he laid :« Fell as he was in act and mind, He left no bolder heart behind : Then give him, for a soldier meet, A soldier's cloak for winding-sheet.»—

NOTES.

XXXIV. No more of death and dying pang, No more of trump and bugle clang, Though through the sounding woods there come Banner and bugle, trump and drum. Armd with such powers as well had freed Young Redmond at his utmost need, And back'd with such a band of horse As might less ample powers enforce; Possess d of every proof and sign That gave an heir to Mortham's line, And yielded to a father's arms An image of bis Edith's charms,Mortham is come, lo hear and see Of this strange morn the history. What saw he !--not the church's floor, Camber'd with dead and staind with gore. What heard he?-not the clamorous crowd, That shout their gratulations loud; Redmond he saw and heard alone, Clasp'd him, and sobb'd, « My son, my son !»-

CANTO I.

Note 1. Slanza i. On Barnard's towers, and Tees's stream, etc. « Barnard Castle,» saith old Leland, « standeth stately upon Tees. It is founded upon a very high bank, and its ruins impend over the river, including within the area a circuit of six acres and upwards. This once magnificent fortress derives its name from its founder, Barnard Baliol, the ancestor of the short and unfortunate dynasty of that name, which succeeded to the Scottish throne under the patronage of Edward I. and Edward III. Baliol's tower, afterwards mentioned in the poem, is a round tower of great size, situated at the western extremity of the building. It bears marks of great antiquity, and was remarkable for the curious construction of its vaulted roof, which has been lately greatly injured by the operations of some persons to whom the tower has been leased for the purpose of making patent shot! The prospect from the top of Baliol's tower commands a rich and magnificent view of the wooded valley of the Tees.

Barnard Castle often changed masters during the middle ages. Upon the forfeiture of the unfortunate Jolin Baliol, the first king of Scotland of that family, Edward I. seized this fortress among the other English estates of his refractory vassal. It was afterwards vested in the Beauchamps of Warwick, and in the Staffords of Buckingham, and was also sometimes in the possession of the Bishops of Durham, and sometimes in that of the crown. Richard JII. is said to have enlarged and strengthened its fortifications, and to have made it for some time his principal residence, for the purpose of bridling and suppressing the Lancastrian faction in the northern counties. From the Staffords, Barnard Castle passed, probably by marriage, into the possession of the powerful Nevilles, Earls of Westmoreland, and belonged to the last representative of that family when he engaged with the Earl of Northumberland in the illconcerted insurrection of the twelfth of Queen Elizabeth. Upon this occasion, however, Sir George Boxes of Sheatlam, who held great possessions in the neigh, bourhood, anticipated the two insurgent earls, by seizing upon and garrisoning Barnard Castle, which he held out for ten days against all their forces, and then surrendered it upon honourable terms. See Sadler's State Papers, vol. II, p. 33o. In a ballad, contained in Percy's Reliques of Ancient Poetry, vol. I, the siege is thus commemorated:

XXXV. This chanced upon a summer morn, When yellow waved the heavy corn; But when brown August o'er the land Calra forth the reaper's busy band, A gladsome sight the sylvan road From Eglistone to Mortham show'd. Awhile the hardy rustic leaves The task to bind and pile the sheaves, And maids their sickles fling aside, To gaze on bridegroom and on bride, And childhood's wondering group draws near, And from the gleaner's hand the ear Drops, while she folds them for a prayer And blessing on the lovely pair.

T was then the Maid of Rokeby gave Her plighted troth to Redmond brave;

Then Sir George Bowes he straight way rose,

From the following curious account of a dispute re-
After them some spoyle to make;
These noble erles turned back againe,

specting a buff coat, between an old roundhead capAnd aye they vowed that knight to take.

tain and a justice of peace, by whom his arms were

seized after the Restoration, we learn that the value That baron he to bis castle fled, To Barnard Castle then fod he;

and importance of this defensive garment were conThe uttermost walles were eathe to won,

siderable. «A party of horse came to my house, comThe erles bave wonne then presentlie.

manded by Mr Peebles; and he told me he was come The uttermost walles were lime and bricke;

for my arms, and that I must deliver them. I asked But though they won them soon anone,

him for his order. He told me he had a better order Longere they won the innermost walles,

tban Oliver used to give; and, clapping his hand upon For they were cut in rock and stone.

his sword-hilt, he said that was his order. I told him, By the suppression of this rebellion, and the conse- if he had none but that, it was not sufficient to take quent forfeiture of the Earl of Westmoreland, Barnard my arms; and then he pulled out his warrant, and I Castle reverted to the crown, and was sold or leased out read it. It was signed by Wentworth Armitage, a geneto Car, Earl of Somerset, the guilty and unhappy fa-ral warrant to search all persons they suspected, and so vourite of James I. It was afterwards granted to Sir left the power to the soldiers at their pleasure. Tbes Henry Vane the Elder, and was therefore, in all proba came to us at Coalley-hall, about sun-setting; and I bility, occupied for the Parliament, whose interest dur caused a candle to be lighted, and conveyed Peebles ing the civil war was so keenly espoused by the Vanes, into the room where my arms were. My arms Fere It is now, with the other estates of that family, the near the kitchen fire; and there they took away fowlproperty of the Right Honourable Earl of Darlington. ing-pieces, pistols, muskets, carbines, and such like,

better than 201. Then Mr Peebles asked me for my Note 2. Stanza v.

buff coat; and I told him they had no order to take no human car,

away my apparel. He told me I was not to dispute Unsharpen'd by revenge and fear, Could e'er distinguish horse's clank, etc,

their orders; but if I would not deliver it, he would I have had occasion to remark, in real life. the effect carry me away prisoner, and had me out of doors. Yet of keen and fervent anxiety in giving acuteness to the

he let me alone unto the next morningthat I must organs of sense. My gifted friend, Miss Joanna Baillie,

wait upon Sir John, at Halifax; and coming before whose dramatic works display such intimate acquaint

him, he threatened me, and said, if I did not send the ance with the operations of human passion, has not

coat, for it was too good for me to keep. I told him i omitted this remarkable circumstance:

was not in his power to demand my apparel; and he,

growing into a fit, called me rebel and traitor, and said De Montfort (off his guard). 'Tis Rezenvelt; I heard his well

if I did not send the coat with all speed, he would send known foot! From the first staircase mounting step by step.

me where I did not like well. I told him I was no Freb. How quick an ear thou hast for distant sound!

rebel, and he did not well to call me so before these I heard him not.

soldiers and gentlemen, to make me the mark for every (De Montfort looks embarrassed, and is silent

one to shoot at. I departed the room, yet, notwithNote 3. Stanza vi.

standing all the threatenings, did not send the coat. The morion's plumes his visage hide,

But the next day he sent John Lyster, the son of Mr And the buff coat, in ample fold,

Thomas Lyster, of Shipden-hall, for this coat, with a Mantles his form's gigantic mould.

letter verbatim thus: “Mr Hodgson, I admire you will The use of complete suits of armour was fallen into play the child so with me as you have donc, in writdisuse during the civil war, though they were still worn

ing such an inconsiderate letter. Let me have the buff by leaders of rank and importance.-«In the reign of

rtance. --- In the reign of coat sent forth with, otherwise you shall so hear from King James J.» says our military antiquary, «no great me as will not very well please you' I was not at home alterations were made in the article of defensive armour, I when this messenger came, but I had ordered my wife except that the buff coat, or jerkin, which was origi-l pot to deliver it, but if they would take it, let them look nally worn under the cuirass, now became frequently a l to it; and he took it away; and one of Sir Joho's bresubstitute for it, it having been found that a good buff thren wore it many years after. They sent Captain Batt leather would of itself resist the stroke of a sword; this, to compound with my wife about it; but I sent word I however, only occasionally took place among the light-would have my own again; but he advised me to take a armed cavalry and infantry, complete suits of armour

price for it, and make no more ado. I said it was hard being still used among the heavy horse. Buff coats to take my arms and apparel too; I had laid out a great continued to be worn by the city trained-bands till deal of money for them; I hoped they did not mean to within the memory of persons now living, so that de- i destroy me, by taking my goods illegally from me. He fensive armour may in some measure be said to have said he would make up the matter, if I pleased, Letwirt terminated in the same materials with which it began, I us: and, it seems, had brought Sir John to a price for that is, the skins of animals or leather.»-Grose's Mili

Nili- | my coat. I would not have taken tol, for it; he would tary Antiquities, Lond. 1801, 4to. vol. II, p. 323.

I have given about 41. ; but wanting my receipt for the Of the buff coats which were worn over the corslet,

", money, he kept both sides, and I had never satisfe several are yet preserved, and Captain Grose has given tion.»-Memoirs of Captain Hodgson, Edinb. 180, an engraving of one which was used in the time of . 178. Charles I. by Sir Francis Rhodes, Bart. of Balbrough

| Note 4. Stanza viii. hall, Derbyshire. They were usually lined with silk

On bis dark face a scorching dime, or linen, secured before by buttons, or by a lace, amu

And toil, had done the work of time, ete. often richly decorated with gold or silver embroidery. In this character I have attempted to sketch one of

I those West Indian adventurers, who, during the course was commanded by Sir Thomas Fairfax, and consisted

of the seventeenth century, were popularly known by of all his horse, and three regiments of the Scots horse; | the name of Buccaneers. The successes of the English the left wing was commanded by the Earl of Manchester

in the predatory incursions upon Spanish America, / and Colonel Cromwell. One body of their foot was during the reign of Elizabeth, had never been forgotten; commanded by Lord Fairfax, and consisted of his foot, and from that period downward, the exploits of Drake and two brigades of the Scots foot for a reserve; and and Raleigh were imitated, upon a smaller scale indeed, the main body of the rest of the foot was commanded but with equally desperate valour, by small bands of by General Leven.

pirates, gathered from all nations, but ehiefly French «The right wing of the prince's army was commandį and English. The engrossing policy of the Spaniardsed by the Earl of Newcastle, the left wing by the prince

tended greatly to increase the number of these freebooters, himself, and the main body by General Goring, Sir from whom their commerce and colonies suffered, in Charles Lucas, and Major-General Porter; thus were the issue, dreadful calamity. The Windward Islands, both sides drawn up into battalia. " which the Spaniards did not deem worthy their own I « July 3d, 1644. In this posture both armies faced occupation, had been gradually settled by adventurers

each other, and about seven o'clock in the morning the of the French and English nations. But Frederick of fight began between them. The prince, with his left · Toledo, who was dispatched in 1630, with a powerful wing, fell on the parliament's right wing, routed them,

fleet against the Dutch, had orders from the court of and pursued them a great way; the like did General Madrid to destroy these colonies, whose vicinity at once Goring, Lucas, and Porter, upon the parliament's main offended the pride, and excited the jealous suspicions body. The three generals, giving all for lost, hasted of their Spanish neighbours. This order the Spanish out of the field, and many of their soldiers fled, and admiral executed with sufficient rigour; but the only threw down their arms; the king's forces, too eagerly consequence was, that the planters, being rendered following them, the victory, now almost achieved by desperate by persecution, began, under the well-known I them. was again snatched out of their hands. For name of Buccaneers, to commence a retaliation so hor- I Colonel Cromwell, with the brave regiment of his ridly sasage that the perusal makes the reader shudder. countrymen, and Sir Thomas Fairfax, having rallied When they carried on their depredations at sea, they some of his horse, fell upon the prince's right wing, boarded, without respect to disparity of number, every where the Earl of Newcastle was, and routed them; and Spanish vessel that came in their way; and, de- the rest of their companions rallying, they fell altogether meaning themselves both in the battle and after the upon the divided bodies of Rupert and Goring, and to'conquest more like demons than human beings, they tally dispersed them, and obtained a complete victory

socceeded in impressing their enemies with a sort of after three hours' fight. i superstitious terror, which rendered them incapable or <From this battle and the pursuit some reckon offering effectual resistance. From piracy at sea they were buried 7000 Englishmen; all agree that above 3000 advanced to making predatory descents on the Spanish of the prince's men were slain in the battle, besides territories, in which they displayed the same furious those in the chace, and 3000 prisoners taken, many of and irresistible valour, the same thirst of spoil, and the their chief officers, 25 pieces of ordnance, 47 colours' same brutal inhumanity to their captives. The large 10,000 arms, two waggons of carabines and pistols, treasures which they acquired in their adventures, they | 130 barrels of powder, and all their bag and baggage.» dissipated by the most unbounded licentiousness in -WAITELOCKE's Memoirs, Lond. 1682, fol. p. 89. gaming, women, wine, and debauchery of every species.

Lord Clarendon informs us that the king, previous When their spoils were thus wasted, they entered into to receiving the true account of the battle, had been some new association, and undertook new adventures. informed, by an express from Oxford, « that Prince For forther particulars concerning these extraordinary Rupert had not only relieved York, but totally defeated banditti, the reader may consult Raynal, or the common | the Scots, with many particulars to confirm it, all and popular book called the History of the Buccaneers. which was so much believed there, that they had made

public fires of joy for the victory.»
Note 5. Stanza xii.
- On Marston beath

Note 6. Stanza xix.
Met, front to front, the ranks of death.

Monckton and Mitton told the news,
The well-known and desperate battle of Long-Marston

How troops of roundheads choked the Ouse,

And many a bonny Scot, aghast, Moor, which terminated so unfortunately for the cause

Spurring his palfrey northward, past, of Charles, commenced under very different auspices.

Cursing the day when zeal or meed Prince Rapert had marched with an army of 20,000

First lured their Lesley o'er the Tweed. men for the relief of York, then besieged by Sir Thomas Monckton and Mitton are villages near the river | Fairfax, at the head of the parliamentary army, and Ouse, and not very distant from the field of battle. The

the Earl of Leven, with the Scottish auxiliary forces. I particulars of the action were violently disputed at the In this be so completely succeeded, that he compelled time; but the following extract, from the manuscript the besiegers to retreat to Marston-moor, a large open history of the Baronial House of Somerville, is decisive plain, about eight miles distant from the city. Thither as to the flight of the Scottish general, the Earl of they were followed by the prince, who had now united Leven. The particulars are given by the author of the to hes army the garrison of York, probably not less bistory on the authority of his father, then the reprethap ten thousand men strong, under the gallant Mar. sentative of the family. This curious manuscript has quis then Earl) of Newcastle, Whitelockc has recorded, been published by consent of my noble friend, the prewith much impartiality, the following particulars of sent Lord Somerville. thans eventful day:–« The right wing of the parliament « The order of this great bauell, wherin both armiron

was neer of ane equall number, consisting, to the best standing of this, ther was that night such a constercalculatione, neer to three score thousand men upon natione in the parliament armies, that it's believed by both sydes, I shall not take upon me to discryve; albeit, most of those that wer there present, that if the prince, from the draughts then taken upon the place, and in- haveing so great a body of horse inteire, had made ane formation I receaved from this gentleman, who being on fall that night, or the ensueing morniog be tyme, be then a volunteer, as having no command, had oppor- had carryed the victorie out of their hands; for it's cer tunitie and libertie to ryde from one wing of the armie tane, by the morning's light, he had rallyel a body of to the other, to view all ther severall squadrons of horse ten thousand men, whereof ther was neer three thouand battallions of foot how formed, and in what manner sand gallant horse. These, with the assistance of the drawn up, with every other circumstance relating to the toune and garrisoupe of Yorke, might have done much fight, and that both as to the king's armies and that of to have recovered the victory, for the losse of this batthe parliament's, amongst whom, untill the engadgment, tell in effect lost the king and his interest in the three lie went from statione to statione to observe ther order kingdomes, his majestie never being able eftir this to and forme; but that the descriptione of this battell, make head in the north, but lost his garrisons every with the various success on both sides at the beginning, day. with the losse of the royal armie, and the sad effects «As for Generall Lesselie, in the beginning of this that followed that misfortune as to his majesties inter-flight haveing that part of the army quite brocken, est, hes been so often done already by English authors, where he had placed himself, by the valour of the little to our commendatione, how justly I shall not dis-prince, be imagined, and was confermed by the opinione pute, seeing the truth is, as our principall generall fled of others then upon the place with him, that the bar that night neer fourtie mylles from the place of the tell was irrecoverably lost, seeing they wer fleeing apoa fight, that part of the armie where he commanded all hands; theirfore they bumblie intreated his excel being totallie routed : but it is as true, that much of lence to reteir and wait his better fortune; which, the victorie is attributed to the good conduct of David without farder advyseing, he did; and never drev bndle Lesselie, lievetennent-general of our horse. Cromwell until he came the leath of Leads, having riddeo all that himself, that minione of fortune, but the rod of God's night with a cloak of drap de berrie about him, bir wrath, to punish eftirward three rebellious nations, dis-longing to this gentleman of whom I write, then in his dained not to take orders from him, albeit then in the retinue, with many other officers of good qualitie. It same qualitie of command for the parliament, as being was neer twelve the next day before they had the cer

elennent-generall to the Earl of Manchester's horse, tanety who was master of the field, when at leagth whom. with the assistance of the Scots horse, having there arryves ane express, sent by David Lessebre, to routed the prince's right wing, as he had done that of acquaint the general they had obtained a most glorious the parliament's. These two commanders of the horse victory, and that the prince, with his brocken troups, upon that wing wisely restrained the great bodies of was fled from Yorke. This intelligence was somewhat ther horse from persuing these brocken troups, but, amazeing to these gentlemen that had been eye vir wheelling to the left-hand, falls in upon the naked flanks nesses to the disorder of the armie before ther retearing, of the prince's main battalion of foot, carying them and had then accompanyed the general in his flight, doune with great violence; nether mett they with any who, being much wearyed that evening of the battell great resistance untill they came to the Marques of with ordering his armie, and now quite spent with tais Newcastle his battalliope of White Coats, who, first pep-long journey in the night, had casten himselfe doua pering them soundly with ther shott, when they came upon a bed to reste, when this gentleman coming to charge, stoatly boor them up with their picks that quyetly into his chamber, he awoke, and hastily crve they could not enter to break them. Here the parlia-out, .Lievetennent-collonell, what news!' -All is safe, ment's horse of that wing receaved their greatest losse, may it please your excellence, the parliament's armir and a stop for sometyme put to their hoped-for victo-hes obtained a great victory; and then delyvers the rie; and that only by the stout resistance of this gallant letter. The generall, upon the hearing of this, knockal battallione, which consisted neer of four thousand foot, upon his breast and sayes, I would to God I had dred untill at length a Scots regiment of dragouns, com- upon the place,' and then opens the letter, which, in a manded by Collonell Frizeall, with other two, was few lines, gave ane account of the victory, and is the brought to open them upon some hand, which at length close pressed his speedy returne to the armie, which they did, when all the ammunitione was spent. Having did the next day, being accompanyed some mylles back refused quarters, every man fell in the same order and by this gentleman, who then takes lois leave of him, and ranke wherein he had foughten.

receaved at parting many expressions of kyndeneser, « Be this execution was done, the prince returned with promises that he would never be unmyndful of fun from the persuite of the right wing of the parliament's care and respect towards him; and in the end be in horse, which he had beatten and followed too farre, to treats him to present his service to all his friends and the losse of the battell, which certanely, in all men's acquaintances in Scotland. Thereftir the generall opinions, he might have caryed, if he had not been too forward in his journey for the armie, as this gentleman violent upon the persuite ; which gave his enemies upon did for

, in order to his transpar the left-hand opportunitie to disperse and cut doune his tione for Scotland, where he arryved sex dayes eftir the infanterie, who, having cleared the field of all the stand fight of Mestoune Muir, and gave the first true account ing bodies of foot, wer now, with many

and descriptione of that great battell, wherein the of ther oune, standing ready to receave the charge covenanters then gloryed soe much, that they imprously of his allmost spent horses, if he should attempt it, boasted the Lord had now signally appeared for his which the prince observeing, and seeing all lost, be re- cause and people, it being ordinary for them, danas treated to Yorke with two thousand horse. Not with the wholl time of this warre, to attribute the greater

of their success to the goodness and justice of their of Troughend were a very ancient family, as may be cause, until Divine Justyce trysted them with some cross conjectured from their deriving their surname from dispensatione, and then you might have heard this the river on which they had their mansion. An epilanguage from them, “That it pleases the Lord to give taph on one of their tombs affirms, that the family his one the heavyest end of the tree to bear, that the held their lands of Troughend, which are situated on saints and the people of God must still be sufferers the Reed, nearly opposite to Otter burn, for the increwhile they are here away, that the malignant party was dible space of nine hundred years. God's rod to punish them for their unthankfulnesse, shich in the end he will cast into the fire; with a thou

Note 9. Stanza xx.

And near the spot that gave me name, sand other expressions and scripture citations, pro.

The moated mound of Risingham, phanely and blasphemiously uttered by them to palliate

Where Reed upon her margin sees ibeir villainie and rebellion.»-Memorie of the Somer

Sweet Woodburn's cottages and trees, villes.-Edinb. 1815.

Some ancient sculptor's art has shown

An outlaw's image on the stone.
Note 7. Stanza xix.

Risingham, upon the river Reed, near the beautiful
With bis barb'd borse, fresh tidings say

hamlet of Woodburn, is an ancient Roman station, forStout Cromwell has redeem'd the day.

merly called Habitancum, Camden says, that in his Cromwell, with his regiment of cuirassiers, had a

time the popular account bore that it bad been the principal share in turning the fate of the day at Marston

abode of a deity or giant, called Magon; and appeals, moor, which was equally matter of triumph to the in

in support of this tradition, as well as to the etymology dependents, and of grief and heart-burning to the pres

of Risingham, or Reisenham, which signifies, in Gerbyterians and to the Scottish. Principal Baillie expresses

man, the habitation of the giants, to two Roman altars his dissatisfaction as follows:

taken out of the river, inscribed Deo MOGONTI CADENOThe independents sent up one quickly to assure

RUM. About half a mile distant from Risingham, upon that all the glory of that night was theirs; and they

an eminence covered with scattered birch-trees and aod their Major-general Cromwell had done it all there

fragments of rock, there is cut upon a large rock, in aloge; but Captain Stuart afterward shewed the vanity

alto relievo, a remarkable figure, called Robin of and falsehood of their disgraceful relation. God gave

Risingham, or Robin of Redesdale. It presents a us that victory wonderfully. There were three generals

hunter, with bis bow raised in one hand, and in the on each side, Lesley, Fairfax, and Manchester ; Rupert,

other what seems to be a hare. There is a quiver at Newcastle, and King. Within half an hour and less,

the back of the figure, and he is dressed in a long coat, all six took them to their heels; this to you alone. The

or kirtle, coming down to the knees, and meeting disadvantage of the ground, and violence of the flower

close, with a girdle bound round him. Dr Horsley, of Prince Rupert's horse, carried all our right wing

who saw all monuments of antiquity with Roman eyes, dovo; only Eglinton kept ground, to his great loss :

inclines to think this figure a Roman archer : and cerhuis Lieutenant-crowner, a brave man, I fear, shall die,

tainly the bow is rather of the ancient size than of that and his son Robert be mutilated of an arm. Lindsay

which was so formidable in the hand of the English had the greatest hazard of any; but the beginning of

archers of the middle ages. But the rudeness of the the victory was from David Lesly, who before was much

whole figure prevents our founding strongly upon mere suspected of evil designs; he, with the Scots and Crom

inaccuracy of proportion. The popular tradition is vers borse, having the advantage of the ground, did dissipate all before them.» — BAILLIE's Letters and

that it represents a giant, whose brother resided at

Woodburn, and he himself at Risingham. It adds, Journals, Edinb. 1985. 8vo. II, 36.

that they subsisted by hunting, and that one of them, Note 8. Stanza xx.

finding the game become too scarce to support them, Do not my native dales prolong

poisoned his companion, in whose memory the monuOf Perey Rede the tragic song,

ment was engraven. What strange and tragic circumTrain'd forward to his bloody fall,

stance may be concealed under this legend, or whether By Girson field, that treacherous Hall ?

it is utterly apocryphal, it is now impossible to disLo a poem, entitled « The Lay of the Reedwater Min

cover. sirdi, Newcastle, 1809, this tale, with many others pe

The name of Robin of Redesdale was given to one culiar to the valley of the Reed, is commemorated :

of the Umfravilles, Lords of Prudhow, and afterwards The particulars of the traditional story of Percy Reed

to one Hilliard, a friend and follower of the king-mak. of Troughend, and the Halls of Girsonfield, the author

|ing Earl of Warwick. This person commanded an had from a descendant of the family of Reed. From

army of Northamptonshire and northern men, who this account it appears that Percival Reed, Esquire, a

| seized on and beheaded the Earl of Rivers, father to keeper of Reedsdale, was betrayed by the Halls (hence Edward the Fourth's queen, and his son, Sir John denominated the false-hearted' Ha's) to a band of moss

Woodville.-See HOLLINSRED, ad annum 1469.
troopers of the name Crosier, who slew him at Bating-
hope, near the source of the Reed.

Note 10. Stanza xxi.
The Halls were, after the murder of Percy Reed,

- do tbou revere beld in such universal abhorrence and contempt by the

The statutes of the buccaneer. sahabitants of Reedsdale, for their cowardly and trea The «statutes of the buccaneers were in reality clerous behaviour, that they were obliged to leave the

more equitable than could have been expected from country. In another passage we are informed that the state of society under which tbey had been formed. the ghost of the injured Borderer is supposed to haunt They chiefly related, as may readily be conjectured, to ibe banks of a brook called the Pringle. These Reeds the distribution and the inheritance of their plunder.

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