Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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THE FEAT OF STJPORT.
The Willie-ford, and the Water-slack,
The Black-rack and the Trout-dub of Liddel.
There stands John Forater, wi' five men at his
back, Wi buffi coat and cap of steil.                                      w
Boo ! ca' at them e'en, Jock ; That ford's sicker, I wat weil.
Fy, lads ! shout a' a' a' a' a',
My gear's a' ta'en.
Hoo! hoo! gar raise the Keid Souter, and Eingan's Wat,                                                       
■Wi' a broad elshin and a wicker ; I wat weil they'll mak a ford sicker. Sae, whether they be Elliots or Armstrangs, Or rough-riding Scots, or rude Johnstones, Or whether they be frae the Tarras or Ewsdale, n They maun turn and fight, or try the deeps o' Liddel.
Fy, lads! shout a' a' a' a' a', My gear's a' ta'en.
" Ah ! but they will play ye anither jigg,
For they will out at the big rig,                            n
And thro' at Fargy Grame's gap."
76. Fergus Grame of Sowport, as one of the chief men of that clan, became security to Lord Scroope for the good be-hayiour of his friends and dependents, 8th January, 1662. Introduction to History of Westmoreland and Cumberland, p. 111.S.