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EOOKHOPE ETDE.                        121
And the Muckle toun-bell o* Carlisle is rung: My gear was a' weel won,                                        95
And before it's carried o'er the Border, mony a man's gae down.
Fy, lads ! shout a' a' a' a' a',
My gear's a' gane.
" A Bishopric Border song, composed in 1569, taken down from the chanting of George Collingwood the elder, late of Boltsburn, in the neighbourhood of Ryhope, who was interred at Stanhope, the 16th December, 1785.
" Rookhope is the name of a valley about five miles in length ; at the termination of which, Rookhope burn empties itself into the river "Wear, and is in the north part of the parish of Stanhope, in Weardale. Rookhope-head is the top of the vale."—Ritson.
The date of the event, says Sir W. Scott, is pre cisely ascertained to be (not 1569 but) the 6th of December, 1572, when the Tynedale robbers were encouraged to make a foray into Weardale in con­sequence of the confusion occasioned by the rebellion of Westmoreland and Northumberland.
From Ritson's Bishopric Garland (p. 54), with one

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