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the 10th of the said month, proclamation was made, charging all noblemen, barons, and others, within a great number of shires, to rise in arms, with twenty days provisions, in order to pass forward with his majesty, for pursuit both of the Earl of Huntly, and of the committers of the late treasonable enterprise, upon the palace of Holy-roodhouse.”—Moyses, ut sup.

THE BONNY EARL OF MURRAY.

Ye High-lands, and ye Law-lands,

Oh! quhair hae ye been ?
They hae slaine the Earl of Murray,

And hae lain him on the green.

Now wae be to thee, Huntley!

And quhairfore did you sae, I bade you bring him wi' you,

But forbade you him to slay ?

He was a braw gallant,

And he rid at the ring,
And the bonny Earl of Murray,

Oh! he might hae been a king.

He was a braw gallant,

And he play'd at the ba'; And the bonny Earl of Murray

Was the flower among them a'.

He was a braw gallant,

And he play'd at the gluve; And the bonny Earl of Murray,

Oh! he was the Queenes luve.

Oh! lang will his lady

Luke owre the castle Downe, Ere she see the Earl of Murray

Cum sounding throw the towne.

NOTES

ON

THE BONNIE EARL O' MURRAY.

P. 81.

He was a bra gallant,

And he rid at the ring.–St. III. That is, bore away the ring on his lance at tilting; a feat of surpassing address. Although “ chivalry was no more” at this period, in Scotland, its usages were recollected, and its language common.

And he playd at the gluve. -St. V. p. 82. Playing at the glove seems to have been anciently a kind of game. Mr Pennant, in his “ Tour through Scotland," has strangely perplexed the meaning of the passage, by explaining gluve, glaive, a sword.

Look owre the castle Downe. -St. VI. p. 82. I had conjectured this to be the true reading, before I was aware that a friend of Mr Pinkerton had anticipated me. It has always, before the present edition, been prioted, “ Look owr the castle downe," which is hardly sense.

The castle of Downe gives the title of viscount to the eldest son of the Earl of Murray.

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