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THE FEAT OF SUPOBT. 115
And he has paid the rescue shot,
Baith vri' goud and white monie; And at the burial o' Willie Scott, 195
I wat was mony a weeping ee.
THE FRAY OF SDPORT.
From Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, ii. 124.
" Of all the Border ditties which have fallen into the Editor's hands, this is by far the most uncouth and savage. It is usually chanted in a sort of wild recitative, except the burden, which swells into a long and varied howl, not unlike to a view hollo'. The words, and the very great irregularity of the stanza (if it deserves the name) sufficiently point out its intention and origin. An English woman, residing in Suport, near the foot of the Kers-hope, having been plundered in the night by a band of the Scottish moss-troopers, is supposed to convoke her servants and friends for the pursuit, or Hot Trod; upbraiding them, at the
196. An article in the list of attempts upon England, fouled by the Commissioners at Berwick, in the year 1587, may relate to the subject of the foregoing ballad. October, 1582. Thomas Musgrave, de- C Walter Scott, Laird ~i 200 kine and puty of Bewcastle, and < of Buckluth, and his > oxen,300 gait the tenants, against ( complices; for ) and sheep.
Introduction to the Eistory of Westmoreland and Cumberland, D. 31.—S.