Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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SIR HUGH LE BLOND.
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, iii. 61.
" The tradition, upon which the ballad is founded, is universally current in the Mearns; and the Editor is informed, that, till very lately, the sword, with which Sir Hugh le Blond was1 believed to have. defended the life and honour of the Queen, was carefully preserved by his descendants, the Viscounts of Arbuthnot. That Sir Hugh of Arbuthnot lived in the thirteenth century, is proved by his having, 1282, bestowed the patronage of the church of Garvoch upon the Monks of Aber-brothwick, for the safety of his soul.Register of Aber-brothwick, quoted by Crawford in Peerage.
" I was favoured with the following copy of Sir Hugh le Blond, by K. "Williamson Burnet, Esq. of Monboddo, who wrote it down from the recitation of an old woman,