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10 THE BATTLE OF OTTERBOTJRNE.
" Nay by my trowth," the Douglas sayed,
" It ys but a fayned taylle ; . so
He durste not loke on my bred banner, For all Ynglonde so haylle.
" Was I not yesterdaye at the Newe Castell,
That stonds so fayre on Tyne ? For all the men the Percy hade, as
He cowde not garre me ones to dyne."
He stepped owt at hys pavelyon dore,
To loke and it were lesse; " Araye yow, lordyngs, one and all,
For here bygynnes no peysse. 100
" The yerle of Mentayne, thow art my erne,
The forwarde I gyve to the : The yerlle of Huntlay cawte and kene,
He schall wyth the be.
" The lorde of Bowghan, in armure bryght, ws On the other hand he schall be;
101. The Earl of Menteith. At the time of the battle the earldom of Menteith was possessed by Robert Earl of Fife, who was in command of the main body of the army, and consequently not with Douglas.
103. The reference is to Sir John Gordon. The use of this designation shows, says Percy, that the ballad was not composed before 1449. In that year the title of Earl of Huntly was first conferred on Alexander Seaton, who married the grand-daughter of the Gordon of Otterbourne.
106. The Earl of Buchan, fourth 3on of King Robert II.