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and Sir William de Lancey were among the lost. The last-named was married in the preceding April. Colonel Miller, when mortally wounded, desired to see the colors of the regiment once more ere he died. They were waved over his head, and the expiring officer declared himself satisfied. Colonel Cameron, of Fassiefern, so often distinguished in Lord Wellington's despatches from Spain, fell in the action at Quatre Bras (16th June, 1815), while leading the 92d or Gordon Highlanders, to charge a body of cavalry supported by infantry. Colonel Alexander Gordon fell by the side of his chief.]

Line 446. Redoubled Picton's soul of fire.

['James. — From long association, this epithet strikes me as conveying a semi-ludicrous idea.

Scott. — It is here appropriate, and your objection seems merely personal to your own association']


Page 381, line 8. Some reverend room, some prebendary's stall.

[It is possible that in these introductory lines, Scott did have a half sly purpose of throwing readers off the scent as to the authorship of the poem. Nobody would suspect Scott of such dreams, though the sentiment might easily have been attached to Erskine, a son of an Episcopal clergyman, and by his temper and predilections, quite likely to entertain such hopes.]

Line 14. There might I share my Surtees' happier lot.

(Robert Surtees of Mainsforth. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and author of The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham. He was an early and dear friend of Scott's. A club for the publication of documents connected with the history of the English border was formed, named The Surtees Club.]

Page 385, line 27. And such if fame speak truth the honored Barrington.

[Shute Barrington, Bishop of Durham, was a friend of Scott's. The lives of Bishops Matthew and Morton are recorded by Surtees in his History of the Bishopric of Durham.]

Page 398, line 380. A tale six cantos long, yet scorned to add a note.

(Scott here gives a sly dig at the Scott, whose name was not attached to Harold the Dauntless, and whose predilection for notes was well known.]

shire, tending greatly to increase the various settlements of thieves, smugglers, and deerstealers, who infest it. In the forest courts the presiding judge wears as a badge of office an antique stirrup, said to have been that of William Rufus. See Mr. William Rose's spirited poem, entitled The Red King.'

Line 81. Yon cask holds moonlight, run when
A cant term for smuggled spirits.

Page 408, line 14. And, as the devil leaves a house, they tumbled through the wall.

In their hasty evacuation of Campo Mayor, the French pulled down a part of the rampart, and marched out over the glacis.


Page 412, line 104. But spring, I'm informed, from the Scotts of Scotstarvet.

The Scotts of Scotstarvet, and other families of the name in Fife and elsewhere, claim no kindred with the great clan of the Border, and their armorial bearings are different.


Page 424, line 13. A stripling's weak hand to our revel has borne her.

[This was Scott's eldest Walter.] THE RETURN TO ULSTER. Page 426, line 20. Like a burst of the sun when the tempest is nigh.

In ancient Irish poetry, the standard of Fion, or Fingal, is called the Sun-burst, an epithet feebly rendered by the Sun-beam of Macpher




Page 434, line 239. The work too little and the pay too much.

See the True-Born Englishman, by Daniel Defoe.


Page 399, line 14. In crimson light on Rymny's stream.

Rymny is a stream which divides the counties of Monmouth and Glamorgan. Caerphili, the scene of the supposed battle, is a vale upon its banks, dignified by the ruins of a very ancient castle.


Page 439, line 10. Since the New Jail became our next-door neighbor.

It is necessary to mention, that the allusions in this piece are all local, and addressed only to the Edinburgh audience. The new prisons of the city, on the Calton Hill, are not far from the theatre.

Line 22. With the tempestuous question, Up or down?

At this time, the public of Edinburgh was much agitated by a lawsuit betwixt the magistrates and many of the inhabitants of the city, concerning a range of new buildings on the western side of the North Bridge, which the latter insisted should be removed as a deformity.


Page 407, line 62. On the bleak coast of frostbarred Labrador. Such is the law in the New Forest, Hamp


Page 442, line 27. The Switzer priest has ta'en the field.

All the Swiss clergy who were able to bear wall at the end of Tipperlin Lone, near the arms fought in this patriotic war.

Boroughmuirhead ; and, standing thereon, to Line 52. Might well-nigh load a wain.

give three blasts on a born. This seems to allude to the preposterous fash Page 470, line 25. Come forward with the ion, during the middle ages, of wearing boots Blanket Blue. with the points or peaks turned upwards, and [* The Blue Blanket is the standard of the so long, that in some cases they were fastened incorporated trades of Edinburgh, and is kept to the knees of the wearer with small chains. by their convener, at whose appearance thereWhen they alighted to fight upon foot, it would with,

," observes Maitland, “ 't is said, that not seem that the Austrian gentlemen found it ne only the artificers of Edinburgh are obliged to cessary to cut off these peaks that they might repair to it, but all the artificers or craftsmen move with the necessary activity.

within Scotland are bound to follow it, and fight

under the convener of Edinburgh, as aforeTHE NOBLE MORINGER.

said." '] Page 444. The original of these verses occurs in a collection of German popular songs, entitled

THE BANNATYNE CLUB. Sammlung Deustcher Volkslieder, Berlin, 1807, Page 471. ["This club was instituted in 1822 published by Messrs. Busching and Von der for the publication of rare and curious works Hagen, both, and more especially the last, dis counected with the history and antiquities of tinguished for their acquaintance with the an Scotland. It consisted, at first, of a very few cient popular poetry and legendary history of members, - gradually extended to one hundred. Germany.

They assume the name from George Bannatyne, In the Germ editor's notice of the ballad, of who little is known beyond that prodigious it is stated to have been extracted from a manu effort which produced his present honors, and script Chronicle of Nicolaus Thomann, chaplain is, perhaps, one of the most singular instances to Saint Leonard in Weisenhorn, which bears of its kind which the literature of any country the date 1533; and the song is stated by the exhibits. His labors as an amanuensis were author to have been generally sung in the neigh undertaken during the time of pestilence, in borhood at that early period. Thomann, as 1568. The dread of infection had induced him quoted by the German editor, seems faithfully to retire into solitude, and under such circumto have believed the event he narrates. He stances he had the energy to form and execute quotes tombstones and obituaries to prove the the plan of saving the literature of the whole existence of the personages of the ballad, and nation ; and, undisturbed by the general mourno discovers that there actually died, on the 11th ing for the dead, and general fears of the living, May, 1319, a Lady Von Neuffen, Countess of to devote himself to the task of collecting and Marstetten, who was, by birth, of the house of recording the triumphs of human genius in the Moringer. This lady he supposes to have been poetry of his age and country; - thus, amid the Moringer's daughter, mentioned in the ballad. wreck of all that was mortal, employing himself He quotes the same authority for the death in preserving the lays by which immortality is of Berckhold Von Neuffen, in the same year. at once given to others, and obtained for the The editors, on the whole, seem to embrace the writer himself. He informs us of some of the opinion of Professor Smith, of Ulm, who, from numerous difficulties he had to contend with in the language of the ballad, ascribes its date to this self-imposed task. The volume containing the 15th century.

his labors, deposited in the Library of the

Faculty of Advocates at Edinburgh, is no less CARLE, NOW THE KING 'S COME.

than eight hundred pages in length, and very Page 469, line 47. Come, Clerk, and give neatly and closely written, containing nearly your bugle breath.

all the ancient poetry of Scotland now known Sir George Clerk, of Pennycuik, Bart. The to exist.'] Baron of Pennycuik is bound by his tenure, whenever the king comes to Edinburgh, to re To J. G. LOCKHART, Esq. ceive him at the Harestone (in which the stand Page 475, line 2. Fat worship. ard of James IV. was erected when his army en [So also at foot of the page ; Fatsman, one camped on the Boroughmuir, before his fatal of the many aliases of Mr. James Ballantyne, expedition to England), now built into the park Speats and raxes are · spits and ranges.']


battle, army.

abbaye, abbey.

cast, pair (of hawks). acton, buckram vest worn under armor.

chanters, the pipes of the bagpipe. air, sand-bank.

check at, meditate attack (in falconry). almagest, astronomical or astrological treatise. cheer, face, countenance. Almayn, German.

claymore, a large sword. amice, ecclesiastical vestment.

clerk, scholar. angel, a gold coin.

clip, clasp, embrace. arquebus, hagbut, or heavy musket.

combust, astrological term. aventayle, movable front of helmet.

corbel, bracket.

coronach, dirge. baldric, belt.

correi, hollow in hillside, resort of game. bale, beacon-fire.

crabs, crab-apples. ballium, fortified court.

crenell, aperture for shooting arrows through. bandelier, belt for carrying ammunition.

cresset, hanging lamp or chandelier. ban-dog, watch-dog.

culver, small cannon. bandrol, a kind of banner or ensign.

cumber, trouble. barbican, fortification at castle-gate.

curch, matron's coif, or head-dress. barded, armored (of horses).

cushat-dove, wood-pigeon. barding, horse-armor. barret-cap, cloth cap.

darkling, in the dark. bartizan, small overhanging turret.

deas, dais, platform. basnet, light helmet.

deft, skilful. bassened, having a white stripe down the face. demi-volt, movement in horsemanship. battalia, battalion, army (not a plural).

dern, hid.

dight, decked, dressed. beadsman, one hired to offer prayers for an donjon, main tower or keep of a castle. other.

doom, judgment, arbitration. beaver, movable front of helmet.

double tressure, a kind of border in heraldry. Beltane, the first of May (a Celtic festival). dought, could. bend, bind.

down, hill. bend (noun), heraldic term.

drie, suffer, endure. bent, slope. beshrew, may evil befall ; confound.

earn (see erne). bill, a kind of battle-axe or halberd.

eburnine, made of ivory. billmen, troops armed with the bill.

embossed, foaming at the mouth (hunter's term). black-jack, leather jug or pitcher.

emprise, enterprise. blaze, blazon, proclaim.

ensenzie, ensign, war-cry. bonail, i. e. bonallez, a god-speed, parting with erne, eagle. a friend.

even, spotless. bonnet-pieces, gold coins with the king's cap (bonnet) on them.

falcon, a kind of small cannon. boune, bowne, prepare, make ready.

fang, to catch. boune, ready, prepared.

far yaud, the signal made by a shepherd to his bourd, jest.

dog, when he is to drive away some sheep at bower, chamber, lodging-place; lady's apart a distance. ments.

fauld, sheep-fold. brae, hillside.

fay, faith. braid, broad.

ferlie, marvel. bratchet, slowhound.

flemens-firth, asylum for outlaws. brigantine, a kind of body armor.

force, waterfall. þrigg, bridge.

fosse, ditch, moat. brock, badger.

fretted, adorned with raised work. broke, quartered (the cutting up of a deer). fro, from. brotikins, buskins.

frounced, flounced, plaited. buff, a thick cloth. buxom, lively.

galliard, a lively dance. by times, betimes, early.

gallowglasses, heavy-armed soldiers (Celtic).

gar, to make. caird, tinker.

gazehound, a hound that pursues by sight rather cairn, heap of stones.

than scent. canna, cotton-grass.

ghast, ghastly. cap of maintenance, cap worn by the king-at- gipon, doublet or jacket worn under armor arms or chief herald.

glaive, oads
glamour, magical illusion.

carp, talk.

glee-inaiden, dancing-girl. glidders, slippery stones. glozing, flattering. gorged, having the throat cut. gorget, armor for the throat. graith, armor. gramarye, magic. gramercy, great thanks (French, grand merci). gree, prize. gripple, grasping, miserly. grisly, horrible, grim. guarded, edged, trimmed. yules, red (heraldic). hackbuteer, soldier armed with hackbut or hag

bnt. haffets, cheeks. hag, broken ground in a bog. hagbut (hackbut, haquebut, arquebus, harquebuss,

etc.), a heavy musket. halberd (halbert), combined spear and battle-axe. hale, haul, drag. hanger, short broadsword. harried, plundered, sacked. hearse, canopy over tomb, or the tomb itself. heeze, hoist. hent, seize. heriot, tribute due to a lord from a vassal. heron-shew, young heron. hight, called, named. holt, wood, woodland. hosen, hose (old plural). idlesse, idleness. imp, child. inch, island. jack, leather jacket, a kind of armor for the

body. jennet, a small Spanish horse. jerkin, a kind of short coat. kale, broth. keek, peep: kern, light-armed soldier (Celtic). kill, celi. kirn, Scottish harvest-home. kirtle, skirt, gown. knosp, knob (architectural). lair, to stick in the mud. largesse, largess, liberality, gift. lauds, midnight service of the Catholic Church. launcegay, a kind of spear. laoerock, lark. leaguer, camp. leash, thong for leading greyhound ; also the

hounds so led. leven, lawn, an open space between or among

woods. levin, lightning, thunderbolt. Lincoln green, a cloth worn by huntsmen. linn, waterfall ;, pool below fall ; precipice. linstock (lintstock), handle for lint, or match used

in firing cannon. lists, enclosure for tournament. litherlie, mischievous, vicious.

lorn, lost. lourd, rather. lout, bend, stoop. lurch, rob. lurcher, a dog that lurches (lurks), or lies in wait

for game. lurdane, blockhead. lyke-wake, watching of corpse before burial. make, do. malison, malediction, curse: Malvoisie, Malmsey wine. march, border, frontier. march-treason, offences committed on the Bor

der. massy, massive. mavis, thrush. melle, mell, meddle. merle, blackbird. mewed, shut up, confined. mickle, much, great. minion, favorite. miniver, a kind of fur. mirk, dark. morion, steel cap, helmet. morrice-pike, long heavy spear. morris, a kind of dance. morsing-horns, powder-flasks. mot (mote), must, might. muir, moor, heath. need-fire, beacon-fire. nese, nose. oe, island. O hone, alas! Omrahs, nobles (Turkish). or, gold (heraldic). owches, jewels. pallioun, pavilion. palmer, pilgrim to Holy Land. pardoner, seller of priestly indulgences. partisan, halberd. peel, Border tower. pensils, small pennons or streamers. Pentacle, magic diagram. pibroch, Highland air on bagpipe. pied, variegated. pinnet, pinnacle. placket, stomacher, petticoat, slit in petticoat,

etc. plate-jack, coat-armor, plump, body of cavalry ; group, company. poke, sack, pocket. port, martial bagpipe music. post and pair, an old game at cards. presence, royal presence-chamber. pricked, spurred. pryse, the note blown at the death of the game pursuivant, attendant on herald. quaigh, wooden cup, composed of staves hooped

together. quarry, game (hunter's term). quatre-feuille, quatrefoil (Gothic ornament). quit, requite.

[blocks in formation]

rack, floating cloud. racking, flying, like breaking cloud. rade, rode (old form). rais, master of a vessel. reads, counsels. reave, tear away. rede, story ; counsel, advice. retrograde, astrological term. rie, prince or chief, O hone a rie, alas for the

chief ! risp, creak. rochet, bishop's short surplice. rood, cross (as in Holy-Rood). room, piece of land. rowan, mountain-ash. ruth, pity, compassion. sack, Sherry or Canary wine. sackless, innocent. saga, Scandinavian epic. saltier, svirrup. salvo-shot, salute of artillery. saye, say, assertion. scalds, Scandinavian minstrals. scapular, ecclesiastical scarf. scathe, harm, injury. scaur, cliff, precipice. scrae, bank of loose stones. scrogg, shady wood. sea-dog, seal. selcouth, strange, uncouth. selle, saddle. seneschal, steward of castle. sewer, officer who serves up a feast. shalm, shawm, musical instrument sheeling, shepherd's hut. sheen, bright, shining. shent, shamed. shrieve, shrive, absolve. shroud, garment, plaid. sleights, tricks, stratagems. slogan, Highland battle-cry. snood, maiden's hair-band or fillet. soland, solan-goose, gannet. sooth, true, truth. sped, despatched, ' done for.' speer, speir, ask. spell, make out, study out. sperthe, a battle-axe. springlet, small spring. spule, shoulder. stag of ten, one having ten branches on his ant

lers stance, station. sterte, started. stirrup-cup, parting cup. stole, ecclesiastical scarf (sometimes robe). stoled, wearing the store. store (adjective), stored up. stowre, battle, tumult. strain, stock, race. strath, broad river-valley. strathspey, a Highland dance. streight, strait. strook, struck, stricken. stumah, faithful.

tabard, herald's coat. tarn, mountain lake. tartan, the full Highland dress, made of the

checquered stuff so termed. telt, a plait or plaited knot. throstlē, thrush. tide, time, tint, lost. tire, head-dress. tottered, tattered, ragged. train, allure, entice. tressure, border (heraldic). trews, Highland trousers. trine, astrological term. trow, believe, trust. tyke, dog. tyne, to lose. uneath, not easily, with difficulty. unsparred, unbarred. upsees, Bacchanalian cry or interjection, bor

rowed from the Dutch. urchin, elf. vail, avail. vail, lower, let fall. vair, fur of squirrel. vantage-coign, advantageous corner. vaunt-brace, or warn-brace, armor for the body. vaward, van, front. vilde, vile. wan, won (old form). Warden-raid, a raid commanded by a Border

Warden in person. warlock, a wizard. warped, frozen. warrison, 'note of assault' (Scott). wassail, spiced ale ; drinking-bout. weapon-schaw, military array of a county; mus

ter. weed, garment. weird, fate, doom. whenas, when. whilere (while-ere), erewhile, a while ago. whilom (whilome), formerly. whin, gorse, furze. whingers, knives, poniards. whinyard, hunter's knife. wight, active, gallant, war-like. wildering, bewildering. wimple, veil. woe-worth, woe be to. woned, dwelt. wraith, apparition, spectre. wreak, avenge. yare, ready. yate, gate. yaud, see far yaud. yerk, jerk. yode, went (archaic).

spurn, kick.

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