Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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JOHNIE ARMSTRANG.
37
I have mony steads in the forest schaw, But them by name I dinna knaw."
The keys of the castell he gave the King, su
Wi' the blessing o' his feir ladye; He was made sheriffe of Ettricke Foreste,
Surely while upward grows the tree ; And if he was na traitour to the King,
Forfaulted he suld never be.                               S20
Wha ever heard, jn ony times,
Sicken an outlaw in his degre\ Sic favour get befor a King,
As did the Outlaw Murray of the Foreste free?
JOHNIE AEMSTRANG.
" Johjstie Armstrong, of Gilnockie, the hero of the following ballad, is a noted personage, both in history and tradition. He was, it would seem from the ballad, a brother of the Laird of Mangertoun, chief of the name. His place of residence (now a roofless tower) was at the Hollows, a few miles from Langholm, where its ruins still serve to adorn a scene, which, in natural beauty, has few equals in Scotland. At the head of a desperate band of freebooters, this Armstrong is said to have spread the terror of his







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