Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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OE, EDOM O' GOBDON.                149
Edom o' Gordon given in Ritson's Scottish Songs, and in the Appendix an inferior version of the story, called Loudoun Castle.
The names vary considerably in the different ver­sions of this piece. The castle of Towie, or the house of Rothes, is here called the castle of Crecrynbroghe, in Percy's manuscript the castle of Brittonsborrow, and iu the copy in the Appendix the locality is changed to Loudoun castle in Ayrshire. In like manner, Alex­ander Forbes is here turned into Lord Hamleton, and Captain Car is now called the lord of Easter-town and again the lord of Westerton-town.
In the Gentleman's Magazine, vol. xci. Part 1, p. 451, will be found a modern ballad styled Adam Gordon, founded on the adventure of the freebooter of that name with Edward the First. Another on the same subject is given in Evans's Old Ballads, iv. 86.
It befell at Martynmas
When wether waxed colde, Captaine Care saide to his men,
" "We must go take a holde."
" Haille, master, and wether you will,               «
And wether ye like it best." "jTo the castle of Crecrynbroghe ;
And there we will take our reste.
" I knowe wher is a gay castle,
Is build of lyme and stone,                             w
Within ' there' is a gay ladie,
Her lord is ryd from hom."