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184 THE BONNIE HOUSE O' AIRLY.
Relics, ii. 152; Sharpe's Ballad Boole, p. 59; and Kinloch's Ancient Scottish Ballads, p. 104.
A modern attempt on the same theme may be seen in Hogg's Jacobite Relics, ii. 411. Allan Cunningham, misled by the Ogilvies' continuing to the Pretender the devotion they exhibited to the Royal Martyr and his son, has transferred the burning of Airly to the 18th century. See his Young Airly, in Cromek's Remains, p. 196, and, rewritten, in The Songs of Scot­land, iii. 218.
It fell on a day, and a bonnie summer day, When the corn grew green and yellow,
That there fell out a great dispute Between Argyle and Airly.
The Duke o' Montrose has written to Argyle «
To come in the morning early, An' lead in his men, by the back o' Dunkeld,
To plunder the bonnie house o' Airly.
The lady look'd o'er her window sae hie,
And 0 but she looked weary!                            w
And there she espied the great Argyle
Come to plunder the bonnie house o' Airly.
" Come down, come down, Lady Margaret," he says,
" Come down and kiss me fairly, Or before the morning clear daylight,                   is
I'll no leave a standing stane in Airly."







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