Ettrick and Yarrow; With Songs and Ballads

Ettrick and Yarrow; With Songs and Ballads

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...which can be assigned to the story of the ballad, and instead of there being only seven, as is commonly alleged, there are eleven in all now visible. Three of these are still standing, and eight are lying flat on the ground. In form they present the appearance of a semicircle, the section forming the base lying to the north, or up the hill. The structure obviously belongs to the general class of stone circles common on the lowland hills, which may have been places of judicature, 'or worship, or burial, or all three." Tradition does not so much say that these stones were erected to mark, as that they do indicate, the site of the incident recorded in the ballad; therefore;.as Professor Veitch remarks, there is no reason; why-these stones should not have been.the.scene of an historical event such as that described in the tragedy; '1' The ballad story runs thus--Lady Margaret, probably a Douglas, flees from Blackhouse Tower with Lord William, her lover. They take the now disused, though still traceable mediaeval riding road from Yarrow to Tweed. The mother of Lady Margaret soon discovers the flight, and incites her husband and seven sons to follow and overtake them. They overtake the lovers not far from the tower, when Lord William slays the seven brothers and wounds the father. The lady pleads for her father's life, and leaving him wounded on the hill-side they continue their flight. But Lord William has himself received a mortal wound in the unequal combat, for his life's blood dyes the burn at which they stop to drink. With much difliculty they arrive at the home of the bold knight, but, -" Lord William was dead lang ere midnight, Lady Marg'ret lang ere day. Lord William was buried in St Marie's Kirk, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236801474
  • 9781236801470