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Ye High-lands, and ye Law-lands,
Oh! quhair hae ye been i

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


He was a bra gallant,

And he rid at the ring.—St. III. p. 81. 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 heplai/d 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. 4


Look ozere 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 printed, "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.



Lord Hailes, well known for many valuable publications on the subject of Scottish literature, first published this ballad in 1755, as he obtained it from the recitation of a lady. The subject, as given by Bishop Percy, from Spotswood's History of the Church of Scotland, is as follows: "Anno 1571. In the north parts of Scotland, Adam Gordon (who was deputy for his brother, the Earl of Huntly) did keep a great stir; and, under colour of the queen's authority, committed divers oppressions, especially upon the Forbesesj

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