Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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■" A farewell to my daughter Jean,
A farewell to my young sons five;                    ia>
Had they been at their father's hand,
I had this night been man alive.
" A farewell to my followers a',
And a' my neighbours gude at need;
Bid them think how the treacherous Ha's i* Betrayed the life o' Parcy Reed.
" The laird o' Clennel bears my bow, The laird o' Brandon bears my brand;
Whene'er they ride i' the border side,
They'll mind the fate o' the laird Troughend." iro
" This ballad is founded upon a real event, which took place in the north of Scotland in the year 1571, during the struggles between the party which held out for the imprisoned Queen Mary, and that which enĀ­deavoured to maintain the authority of her infant son, James VI. The person designated Edom o' Gordon was Adam Gordon of Auchindown, brother of the Marquis of Huntly, and his deputy as lieutenant of the north of Scotland for the Queen. This gentleĀ­man committed many acts of oppression on the clan Forbes, under colour of the Queen's authority, and in one collision with that family, killed Arthur, brother