Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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HUGHIE GRAHAM.
Scottish border. Graham, being unable to bring so powerful a prelate to justice, in revenge made an excursion into Cumberland, and carried off inter alia, a fine mare belonging to the bishop (!) but being closely pursued by Sir John Scroope, warden of Carlisle, with a party on horseback, was apprehended near Solway Moss, and carried to Carlisle, where he was tried and convicted of felony. Great interces­sions were made to save his life ; but the bishop, it is said, being determined to remove the chief obstacle to his guilty passions, remained inexorable, and poor Graham fell a victim to his own indiscretion and his wife's infidelity., Anthony Wood observes that there were many changes in this prelate's time, both in church and state, but that he retained his offices and preferments during them all."—Musical Museum, iv. 297.
Ocr lords are to the mountains gane,
A hunting o' the fallow deer, And they hae gripet Hughie Graham,
For stealing o' the Bishop's mare.
And they hae tied him hand and foot,               s
And led him up thro' Stirling town ;
The lads and lasses met him there,
Cried, " Hughie Graham, thou art a loun."
" 0 lowse my right hand free," he says,
"And put my braid sword in the same, io
He's no in Stirling town this day,
Daur tell the tale to Hughie Graham."







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