Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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162 lord maxwell's goodnight.
" Bonny Willie Mackintosh,
Whare left ye your men ? " " I left them in the Stapler,
But they'll never come hame."              20
" Bonny Willie Mackintosh,
Where now is your men ? " " I left them in the Stapler,
Sleeping in their sheen."
LORD MAXWELL'S GOODNIGHT.
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, ii. 199.
"A. D. 1585, John Lord Maxwell, or, as he styled himself, Earl of Morton, having quarrelled with the Earl of Arran, reigning favourite of James VI., and fallen, of course, under the displeasure of the court, was denounced rebel. A commission was also given to the Laird of Johnstone, then Warden of the West Marches, to pursue and apprehend the ancient rival and enemy of his house. Two bands of mercenaries, commanded by Captains Cranstoun and Lammie, who were sent from Edinburgh to support Johnstone, were attacked and cut to pieces at Crawford-muir, by Robert Maxwell, natural brother to the chieftain; who, following up his advantage, burned Johnstone's







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