Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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WILLIE MACKINTOSH, ETC.              159
But mony were the mudie men                        ioi
Lay gasping on the grien; For o' fifty men that Edom brought out
There were but five ged heme.
And mony were the mudie men
Lay gasping on the grien,                             no
And mony were the fair ladys
Lay lemanless at heme.
And round and round the waes he went,
Their ashes for to view ; At last into the flames he flew,                         
And bad the world adieu.
These fragments appear to relate to the burning of Auchindown, a castle belonging to the Gordons, in vengeance for the death of William Mackintosh of the clan Chattan, which is said to have occurred at the castle of the Earl of Huntly. The event is placed in the year 1592. After the Mackintoshes had exe­cuted their revenge, they were pursued by the Gor­dons, and overtaken in the Stapler, where " sixty of the clan Chattan were killed, and Willie Mackintosh,