Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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188              THE BARON OP BRACKLET.
First published as follows in Jamieson's Popular Ballads, i. 102. The copy used was derived from Mrs. Brown, and collated with a fragment taken down by Scott from the recitation of two of the descend­ants of Inverey. Buchan has given a different ver­sion in his Gleanings, which is annexed to the present "This ballad," says Chambers, "records an unfor­tunate rencontre, which took place on the 16th of September, 1666, between John Gordon of Brackley, commonly called the Baron of Brackley, (in Aber­deenshire,) and Farquharson of Inverey, a noted freebooter, who dwelt on Dee-side. The former ■gentleman, who is yet remembered by tradition as a person of the most amiable and respectable character, had contrived to offend Farquharson, by pounding some horses belonging to his (Farquharson's) fol­lowers, which had either strayed into the Brackley grounds, or become forfeited on account of some petty delinquencies committed by their proprietors. Farquharson was a man of violent habits and pas­sions ; he is yet remembered by the epithet Fuddie, descriptive of his hurried, impatient gait; and it is said that, having been in league with the powers of darkness, he was buried on the north side of a hill, where the sun never shone. On account of the mira­culous expedition with which he could sweep the cattle away from a fertile district, Deil scoup w!

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