Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, iii. 282.
" The following verses are the original words of the tune of Allan Water, by which name the song is mentioned in Ramsay's Tea-Table Miscellany. The ballad is given from tradition; and it is said that a bridge over the Annan, was built in consequence of the melancholy catastrophe which it narrates. Two verses are added in this edition, from another copy of the ballad, in which the conclusion proves fortunate. By the Gatehope-Slack, is perhaps meant the Gate-Slack, a pass in Annandale. The Annan, and the Frith of Solway, into which it falls, are the frequent scenes of tragical accidents. The Editor trusts he will be pardoned for inserting the following awfully impresĀ­sive account of such an event, contained in a letter from Dr. Currie, of Liverpool, by whose correspondĀ­ence, while in the course of preparing these volumes for the press, he has been alike honoured and instruct-