Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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" From a stall copy published at Glasgow several years ago, collated with a recited copy, which has fur­nished one or two verbal improvements." Mother­well's Minstrelsy, p. 239.
Mr. Jamieson has published two other sets of this simple, but touching ditty, (i. 126, ii. 382,) one of which is placed after the present. Motherwell's text is almost verbatim that of Buchan's Gleanings, p. 98. The Thistle of Scotland copies Buchan and Jamieson without acknowledgment.
The story has been made the foundation of a rude drama in the North of Scotland. For a description of similar entertainments, see Cunningham's Introduction to his Songs of Scotland, i. 148.
The unfortunate maiden's name, according to Bu­chan, (Gleanings, p. 197,) "was Annie, or Agnes, (which are synonymous in some parts of Scotland,) • Smith, who died of a broken heart on the 9th of Janu­ary, 1631, as is to be found on a roughly cut stone, broken in many pieces, in the green churchyard of