Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Wi' tears that trickled for his death
I washt his comelye clay ;                          mo
And siker in a grave sae deep, I laid the dear-loed boy,
And now for evir maun I weep My winsome Gilderoy.
The subject of this piece is the abduction of a young Scottish lady by a son of the celebrated Rob Roy Macgregor. Sentence of outlawry had been pronounced against this person for not appearing to stand his trial for murder. While under this sen­tence, he conceived the desperate project of carrying off Jane Kay, heiress of Edinbelly, in Sterlingshirc, and obtaining possession of her estate by a forced marriage. Engaging a party of the proscribed Mac-gregors to assist him in this enterprise, Rob Roy entered the young woman's house with his brother James, tied her, hand and foot, with ropes, and carried her thus on horseback to the abode of one of his clan in Argyleshire, where, after some mock ceremony, she was compelled to submit to his embraces. The place in which the unfortunate woman was detained, was discovered, and she was rescued by her family. Rob Roy and James Macgregor were tried for their lives. The latter escaped from prison, but the prin­cipal in this outrage suffered condign punishment in February, 1753.

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