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THE BATTLE OF LOUDON HILL. 145
house was in garrison at Glasgow, and immediately marched against the insurgents, with about a hundred and fifty cavalry. Hamilton, the commander of the Whigs, had skilfully posted his men in a boggy strait with a broad ditch in front, and the dragoons in attempting to charge were thrown into utter disorder. At this critical moment they were vigorously attacked by the rebels and easily routed. Claverhouse barely escaped being taken prisoner, and lost some twenty of his troopers, among them his cornet, Robert Graham, whose fate is alluded to in the ballad. Burly, though not the captain, was a prominent leader in this action. See Scott's Minstrelsy, vol. ii. 206, et seq.
You'l marvel when I tell ye o' Our noble Burly and his train,
When last he march'd up through the land, Wi' sax-and-twenty Westland men.
Than they I ne'er o' braver heard, s
For they had a' baith wit and skill;
They proved right well, as I heard tell, As they cam up o'er Loudon Hill.
Weel prosper a' the gospel lads,
That are into the west countrie, . 10
Aye wicked Claver'se to demean,
And aye an ill deid may he die!
VOL. VII. 10