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LAIRD OF DRUM.
From Kinloeh's Ancient Scottish Ballads, p. 200, obtained from recitation. Another copy is furnished by Buchan, Ballads of the North of Scotland, ii. 194, which, with some variations, is printed again in Scottish Traditional Versions of Ancient Ballads,Percy Society, vol. xvii. p. 53.
" This ballad," says Kinloch, was composed on the marriage of Alexander Irvine of Drum to his second wife, Margaret Coutts, a woman of inferior birth and manners, which step gave great offence to his relations. He had previously, in 1643, married Mary, fourth daughter of George, second Marquis of Huntly.
The Laird o' Drum is a wooing gane,
It was on a morning early, And he has fawn in wi' a bonnie may
A-shearing at her barley.
" My bonnie may, my weel-faur'd may, s
0 will ye fancy me, 0 ; And gae and be the lady o' Drum,
And lat your shearing abee, O ? "