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FAIR MARGARET OF CRAIGNARGAT. 249
FAIR MARGARET OF CRAIGNARGAT.
" Craignargat is a promontory in the Bay of Luce. Though almost surrounded by the Barony of Moch-rum, it was long possessed by a branch of the family of Macdowall, which was probably our heroine's surname.—On the head of Fair Margaret's lovers, it may be remarked, that the Agnews of Lochnaw are a very ancient family, and hereditary sheriffs of Wig-ton. The Gordon mentioned was probably Gordon of Craighlaw, whose castle was situated about five miles from Craignargat, in the parish of Kirkcowan, considered so rem6te before the formation of military roads, that the local proverb says,—' Out of the world, and into Kirkcowan.' The Hays of Park dwell on the coast, about six miles from Craignargat; but it is singular that the lady is not complimented with a Dunbar as her lover, the Place of Mochrum, as the old town is called, being only two miles from her reputed residence." Sharpe's Ballad Book, p. 71.
Fair Marg'ret of Craignargat
Was the flow'r of all her kin, And she's fallen in love with a false young man,
Her ruin to begin.
The more she lov'd, the more it prov'd s
Her fatal destiny, And he that sought her overthrow
Shar'd of her misery.