Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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THE LADS OF "VVAMPHRAY.              169
the latter lost his life. Wamphray is the name of a parish in Annandale. Lethenhall was the abode of Johnstone of Wamphyay, and continued to be so till of late years. William Johnstone of Wamphray, called the Galliard, was a noted freebooter. A place, near the head of Teviotdale, retains the name of the Galliard's Faulds, (folds,) being a valley, where he used to secrete and divide his spoil, with his Liddes-dale and Eskdale associates. His nom de guerre seems to have been derived from the dance called the Gal­liard. The word is still used in Scotland, to express an active, gay, dissipated character. Willie of the Kirkhill, nephew to the Galliard, and his avenger, was also a noted Border robber. Previous to the battle of Dryffe Sands, so often mentioned, tradition reports, that Maxwell had offered a ten-pound-land to any of his party, who should bring him the head or .hand of the Laird of Johnstone. This being reported to his antagonist, he answered, he had not a ten-pound-land to offer, but would give a nve-merk-land to the man who should that day cut off the head or hand of Lord Maxwell. Willie of the Kirkhill, mounted upon a young grey horse, rushed upon the enemy, and earned the reward, by striking down their unfortunate chieftain, and cutting off his right hand."—Scott.
'Twixt Girth-head and the Langwood end, - Lived the Galliard, and the Galliard's men, But and the lads of Leverhay, That drove the Crichton's gear away.
1-7. Leverhay, Stefenbiggin, Girth-head, &c, are all Bituated in the parish of Wamphray.—S.