Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Then Tividale came to yd' spied;
The Sheriffe brought the Douglas down, Wi' Cranstane, Gladstain, good at need,
Baith Eewle water, and Hawick town. 20
Beanjeddart bauldly made him boun, Wi' a' the Trumbills, stronge and stout;
The Rutherfoords, with grit renown, Convoy'd the town of Jedbrugh out.
Of other clans I cannot tell,                                 25
Because our warning was not wide Be this our folks hae ta'en the fell,
And planted down palliones, there to bide,
"We looked down the other side, And saw come breasting ower the brae, so
Wi' Sir John Forster for their guyde, Full fifteen hundred men and mae.
went. There was an old alliance betwixt the Elliots and Armstrongs, here alluded to.S.
18. Douglas of Cavers, hereditary Sheriff of Teviotdale, descended from Black Archibald, who carried the standard of his father, the Earl of Douglas, at the battle of Otter-bourne.See the ballad of that name.S.
24. These were ancient and powerful clans, residing chiefly upon the river Jed. Hence, they naturally convoyed the town of Jedburgh out. The following fragment of an old ballad is quoted in a letter from an aged gentleman of this name, residing at New York, to a friend in Scotland:
" Bauld Rutherford, he was fou stout, Wi' a' his nine sons him round about; He led the town 0' Jedburgh out, All bravely fought that day.S.
81. Sir John Forster, or, more properly, Forrester, of Balm-brough Abbey, Warden of the Middle Marches in 1561, was deputy-governor of Berwick, and governor of Balmborough Castle.S.