Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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the [third] stanza seems to allude to an engagement that took place at Dollar, on the 24th October, a fort­night previous to the battle of Sheriffmuir. Mar had despatched a small body of cavalry to force an assessment from the town of Dunfermline, of which Argyle getting notice, sent out a stronger party, who surprised them early in the morning before daylight, and arrested them, killing some and taking seventeen prisoners, several of whom were Gordons. The last stanza [but one] evidently alludes to the final sub­mission of the Marquis and the rest of the Gordons to King George's government, which they did to the Grants and the Earl of Sutherland. The former had previously taken possession of Castle Gordon; of course, the malicious bard of the Grants, with his ill-scraped pen, was not to let that instance of the humil­iation of his illustrious neighbours pass unnoticed.— Jacobite Relics, vol. ii. p. 255.
From Bogie side to Bogie Gight,
The Gordons all conveen'd, man, With all their might, to battle wight,
Together close they join'd, man, To set their king upon the throne,                          s
And to protect the church, man; But fy for shame! they soon ran hame, And left him in the lurch, man. Vow as the Marquis ran,
Coming from Dumblane, man! Strabogie did ot itself, And Enzie was not clean, man.
3. weight.                                         4. closs.