Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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a precipice overhanging the sea, called " Fause Sir John's Loup," is pointed out as the place where he was wont to drown his wives. May Colvin is equally well ascertained to have been " a daughter of the family of Kennedy of Colzean, now represented by the Earl of Cassilis." Buchan's version assigns a different locality to the transaction—that of "Bmyan's Bay," which, says the editor, is the old name of the mouth of the river Ugie.
False Sir John a wooing came
To a maid of beauty fair ; May Golvin was the lady's name,
Her father's only heir.
He's courted her butt, and he's courted her ben, And he's courted her into the ha',                   6
Till once he got this lady's consent. To mount and ride awa'.
She's gane to her father's coffers,
Where all his money lay;                               10
And she's taken the red, and she's left the white,
And so lightly as she tripped away.
She's gane down to her father's stable,
Where all his steeds did stand; And she's taken the best, and she's left the warst,                                                             15
That was in her father's land.
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