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THE GALLANT GRAHAMS.                137
From Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, ii. 187 »
In this lament for the melancholy fate of Montrose and his heroic companions, it was clearly the humble minstrel's aim to sketch the chief incidents in the great Marquis's career as the champion and the martyr of Royalty. The derangements and omissions which may be found in the verses as they now stand are but the natural effects of time. The ballad was first published in Scott's Minstrelsy, as obtained from tradition, with enlargements and corrections from an old printed copy (entitled The Gallant Grahams of Scotland) furnished by Ritson.
The summer following the rout at Philiphaugh, King Charles committed himself to the treacherous protection of the Presbyterians. They required of him that his faithful lieutenant should at once disband his forces and leave the country. During three yeare of exile, Montrose resided at various foreign courts, either quite inactive, or cultivating the friendship of the continental sovereigns, by whom he was over­whelmed with attentions and honors. The execution of the King drew from him a solemn oath " before God, angels, and men," that he would devote the rest of his life to the avenging the death of his master and reestab­lishing his son on the throne. He received from Charles 11. a renewal of his commission as Captain-Gen­eral in Scotland, and while Charles was treating with the Commissioners of the Estates concerning his restc-

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