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REIGN OF CHARLES II.                                               519
The Rev. G. R. Gleig, in his Family History of England, ii. Ill, prints a piece of music, which, according to tradition, was " the air played by the band at Fotheringay Castle, while Mary, Queen of Scots, was proceeding to execution." It is the tune of Joan's Placket, turned into a slow march; but as Queen Mary was executed within the castle, and there was no procession with drums and trumpets, or music of any kind (according to all accounts), the story is not very probable. Some of my readers may nevertheless desire to see it in that form; and as Joan's Placket is certainly a trumpet tune, it is possible that it may have been played outside the castle on that day.
This tune is contained in Youth's Delight on the Flagelet, ninth and eleventh editions. It may be in earlier editions, but I have never seen any other than the tw< i in my possession. The date of the ninth has been cut off in binding; the eleventh is of 1697. It is also in the ballad-opera of Silvia, or The Country Bvrial, 8vo, 1731, but is an indifferent version.
The story of the rakish young knight outwitted by the maiden, has been repeatedly versified. The earliest I have seen, is, " Yonder comes a courteous

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