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THE LAIRD OF WAKISTOUN. 319
the morning of the 5th of July, at the Watergate, near Holyroodhouse; and at the same hour her nurse was burnt on the castle-hill. It is some gratification to know, that the actual murderer, Weir, was eventually seized and executed, though not till four years after." Chambers's Scottish Ballads, p. 129.
From BucAan's Ballads of the North of Scotland, i. 56.
My mother was an ill woman, In fifteen years she married me ;
I hadna wit to guide a man, Alas! ill counsel guided me.
0 Warriston, O Warriston, s I wish that ye may sink for sin ;
1 was but bare fifteen years auld,
Whan first I enter'd your yates within.
I hadna been a month married,
Till my gude lord went to the sea; io
I bare a bairn ere he came hame,
And set it on the nourice knee.
But it fell ance upon a day, That my gude lord return'd from sea;
Then I did dress in the best array, is
As blythe as ony bird on tree. ■
I took my young son in my arms, Likewise my nourice me forebye,
And I went down to yon shore side, My gude lord's vessel I might spy. 20