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238 THE BATTLE OF ALFORD.
THE BATTLE OP ALFORD.
Two months after the defeat of Sir John Hurry at Auldern, Montrose utterly destroyed the other division of the covenanting army, under General Baillie, at Alford on the Don. On the 2d of July, the King's forces marched from Drumminor, and crossed the Don to Alford, Montrose and the Earl of Aboyne taking up their quarters in the castle of Asloun. Baillie, who was now in pursuit of the royalists, moved southward, and encamped on the day just mentioned, at Lesly. The next morning he crossed the river (halting on the way near a farm called Mill Hill), whereupon the battle took place. Montrose dearly purchased this new victory by the loss of Lord George Gordon, who commanded the right wing, not the left.
These fragmentary verses are from The Thistle of Scotland, p. 68.
The Graham[s and] Gordons of Aboyne
Camp'd at Drumminor bog; At the castle there they lay all night,
And left them scarce a hog.
The black Baillie, that auld dog, s
Appeared on our right; We quickly raise up frae the bog,
To Alford march'd that night.