Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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THE RISING IN THE NORTH.               89
With them the noble Nevill came, The erle of Westmorland was hee :
At Wetherbye they mustred their host,
Thirteen thousand faire to see.                               100
Lord Westmorland his ancyent raisde,
The Dun Bull he rays'd on hye, And three Dogs with golden collars
Were there sett out most royallye.
Erie Percy there his ancyent spred,                        ios
The Halfe-Moone shining all soe faire :
102. The supporters of the Nevilles Earls of Westmore­land were two bulls argent, ducally collar'd gold, armed or, &c. But I have not discovered the device mentioned in the ballad, among the badges, &e., given by that house. This however is certain, that, among those of the Nevilles, Lord Abergavenny (who were of the same family), is a dun cow with a golden collar; and the Nevilles of Chyte in Yorkshire (of the Westmoreland branch), gave for their crest, in 1513, a dog's (greyhound's) head erased.—So that it is not improbable bnt Charles Neville, the unhappy Earl of Westmoreland here mentioned, might on this occasion give the above device on his banner.—After all, our old min­strel's verses here may have undergone some corruption; for, in another ballad in the same folio MS., and apparently written by the same hand, containing the sequel of this Lord Westmoreland's history, his banner is thus described, more conformable to his known bearings: " Sett me up my faire Dun Bull,
With Gilden Homes, hee beares all soe hye."—P.
106. The Silver Crescent is a well-known crest or badge of the Northumberland family. It was probably brought home from some of the crusades against the Sarazens.—P.

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