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LOUDOUN CASTLE. (See p. 149.)
From The Ballads and Songs of Ayrshire, First Series, p. 74, where it is taken from a Statistical Ac­count of the Parish of Loudoun. The writer of the Statistical Account states that the old castle of Loudoun is supposed to have been destroyed by fire about 350 years ago. " The current tradition," he adds, " as­cribes that event to the Clan Kennedy, and the re­mains of an old tower at Auchruglen, on the Galston side of the valley, is still pointed out as having been their residence."
It fell about the Martinmas time, When the wind blew snell and cauld,
That Adam o' Gordon said to his men, " When will we get a hold ?
" See [ye] not where yonder fair castle                 s
Stands on yon lily lee ? The laird and I hae a deadly feud,
The lady fain would I see."
As she was up on the househead,
Behold, on looking down,                                    io
She saw Adam o' Gordon and his men,
Coming riding to the town.
The dinner was not well set down,
Nor the grace was scarcely said, Till Adam o' Gordon and his men                         is
About the walls were laid.

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