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LAMBERT LINKIN. 101
owner of Prime Castle. Antiquaries, peradventure, may find it as difficult to settle the precise locality of this fortalice, as they have found it to fix the topography of Troy." Motherwell's Minstrelsy, p. 291.
In Finlay's second copy, the murderer's name is Bal-canqual, " which," observes the editor, " is an anqient Scottish surname, and is sometimes corrupted, for the more agreeable sound, into Bekmcan." It is more likely that Belinkin has suggested Balcanqual, than that Balcanqual has been corrupted into Lamkiu.
Belijtkin was as gude a mason As e'er pickt a stane ;
He built up Prime Castle, But payment gat nane.
The lord said to his lady, When he was going abroad,
" O beware of Belinkin, For he lyes in the wood."
The gates they were bolted,
Baith outside and in; At the sma' peep of a window
Belinkin crap in.
" Gude morrow, gude morrow," Said Lambert Linkin.
" Gude morrow to yoursell, sir," Said the fause nurse to him.