Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, Vol. 2 of 3: Edited by T. F. Henderson (Classic Reprint)
Author: Walter Scott
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Excerpt from Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, Vol. 2 of 3: Edited by T. F. Henderson
There is another ballad, under the same title as the following, in which nearly the same incidents are narrated, with little difference, except that the honour of rescuing the cattle is attributed to the Liddesdale Elliots, headed by a chief, there called Martin Elliot of the Preakin Tower, whose son, Simon, is said to have fallen in the action. It is very possible that both the Teviotdale Scott, and the Elliots, were engaged in the affair, and that each claimed the honour of the victory.
The Editor presumes that the Willie Scott, here mentioned, must have been a natural son of the Laird of Buccleuch.
[In the last note (see p. 17), Sir Walter conjectures that the raid of 1582 was that referred to in the ballad, but this is impossible, for (1) Sir Walter, first Lord Scott, not being born until 1565, could not in 1582 be termed 'auld Buccleuch'; and (2) he could not have a son able to take part in the raid. Nor, it may be added, could Wat of Harden, who lived till 1629, be then possessed of 'lyart locks'- though this is, doubtless, one of Scott's own touches. Other references in the ballad also clearly point to a date either towards the close of the sixteenth, or about the beginning of the seventeenth century.
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