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Theare was layne uppon the Englyshe parte, 205

For soothe as I you saye ;
Of nine thousand Englishe mene

Fyve hondred came awaye :

The other weare layne in the feeld,

Chrifte keepe thear fowles from wo, Seeing thear was so fewe frendes

Against so manye foo.

Then one the morowe they made them beeres

Of byrche, and hafelle graye ; · Many a wydowe with weepinge teeres

Their maks they fette away.


This fraye begane at Otterborne

Betweene the nighte and the daye : Theare the Dowglas lofte his lyfe,

And the Percye was leade away


Then was theare a Scotty she prisonere tane,

Sir Hughe Mongomerye was his name, For soothe as I you saye

He borowed the Percye home agayne.

Now let us all for the Percye praye

225 To Jeafue mofte of might, To bring his fowle to the blyss of heven, For he was a gentle knight.

** MA

V. 213- one, i. e, on,

* fc. captive. V. 225. Percyes. MS.

Most of the names in the two preceding ballads are found to have belonged to families of distinction in the North, as may be made appear from authentic records. Thus in


Pag. 14. Ver. 112. Agerstone.] The family of Haggerston of Haggerston, near Berwick, has been feated there for many centuries, and still remains. Thomas Haggeriton was among the commiffioners returned for Northumberland in 12 Hen. 6. 1433. (Fuller's Wortbies, p. 310.) The head of this family at present is Sir Thomas Haggerston, Bart. of Haggerston abovementioned.

Ver. 113. Hartly.] Hartley is a village near the Sea in the barony of Tinemouth, about 7 m. from NorthSbiels. It probably gave name to a family of note at that time.

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Ver. 114. Hearone.] This family was one of the most ancient in Northumberland : they were once Lords of Ford Castle, and also of the Barony of Heron in this county; their principal seat being at Chip-Chafe near Hexbam. Thus, Johannes Hearon, miles, is among those who signed a treaty with the Scots in 1449. Hen. 6. (See Nicholson's Laws of the Borders, p. 34. see also p. 330. 331. 332, 333.335.) -Two Herons are among the commissioners in Fuller. p. 310.

Johan Heronn was fheriff of Northumber. land in 35 of Edw. 3. (Fuller. p. 311.) Also in 7° of Richard 2. (p: 312.) and others afterwards. The descendant of this family, Sir Thomas Heron, Bart. is at present an officer in the army.

Ver. 115. Lovele.] Joh. de Lavale, miles, was sherif of Northumberland 34 Hen. 7.-Joh. de Lavele, mil. in the i Edw. 6. and afterwards (Fuller 313.) In NicholJon this name is spelt Da Lovel. p. 304. This seems to be the ancient family of Delaval, of Seaton Delaval, in Northumberland.

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Ver. 117. Rugbè.] The ancient family of ROKEBY in Yorkshire, seems to be here intended. In Thoreby's Ducat. Leod. p. 253. fol. is, a genealogy of this houje, by which 'it appears that the head of the family about the time when this ballad was written, was Sir Ralph Rokeby, Knt. RALPH being a common name of the ROKEBYS.

Ver. 119. Wetharrington.] Rog. de Widrington ruas sheriff of Northumberland in 36 of Edw. 3. (Fuller, p. 311.)- Joh. de Widrington in 11 of Hen. 4. and many others of the same name afterwards. See also Nicholjon, P. 331.-Of this family was the late Lord Witherington.

Ver. 124. Mongonberry.] Sir Hugh Montgomery was son of John Lord Montgomery, the lineal ancestor of the present Earl of Eglington.

Ver. 125. Lwdale.] The ancient family of the LIDDELS were originally from Scotland, where they were Lords of HIDDEL Caitle, and of the Barony of Buff. (Vid. Collins's Peerage.) The head of this family is the present Lord Ravensworth, of Ravensworth Castle, in the county of Durham.


Pag, 26. ver. 101. Mentaye.] At the time of this tattle the Earldom of Menteith was polles,ed by Robert Stewart, Earl of Fife, third son of K. Robert II. who, according to Buchanan, commanded the Scots that entered by Carlisle. But our Minstrel had probably an eye to the family of Graham, who had this Earldom when the ballad wes written. Ste Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, 1764. fol.

Ver. 103. Huntleye.] This fours this ballad was not
composed before 1449; for in that year Alexander Lord of
Gordon and Hantley, was created Barl of Huntley by K.
James II.


Ver. 105,

Ver. 195. Bowghan.] The Earl of Buchan at that time. was Alexander Stewart, fourth son of K. Robert II.

Ver. 107. Jhonstone-Maxwell.] These two families of Johnston Lord of Johnston, and Maxwell Lord of Maxwell, were always very powerful on the borders. Of the former family is Johntton Marquis of Annandale: of the latter is Maxwell Earl of Nitbsdale. I cannot find that any chief of this family was named Sir Hugh; but Sir Herbert Maxwell was about this time much diftinguished. (See Doug.) This might have been originally written Sir H. Maxwell, and by transcribers converted into Sir Hugh. So above, in p. 8. Richard is contracted into Ric.

Ver. 109. Swintone.) i.e. The Laird of SWINTONE; a small village within the Scottish border, 3 miles from Norham. This family still fubfifts, and is very ancient. .

Ver. 111. Scotte.] The illustrious family of Scot, ancestors of the Duke of Buccleugh, always made a great figure on the borders.

Sir Walter Scot was at the head of this family when the battle was fought; but his great-grandson Sir David Scot, was the hero of that house, when the Ballad was written.

Ibid. Stewarde.) The person here designed was probably Sir Walter Stewart, Lord of Dalfwinton and Gairlies, who was eminent at that time. (See Doug.) From him is descended the present Earl of Galloway.

Ver. 112. Agurstonne.] The seat of this family was Sometimes Jubje&t to the Kings of Scotland. Thus Richardus Hageritcun, miles, is one of the Scottish knights, who hgned a treaty cuith the English in 1249. Hen. 3. (Nicholson, p. 2. note.)--It was the fate of many parts of Northumberland often to change their masters, according as the Scottish or English arms prevailed.

Pag. 30. ver. 189. Murrey.) The person bere meant was probably Sir Charles Murray of Cockpoole, who flou


rifhard at that time, and was ancestor of the Murrays fometime Earls of Annandale. See Doug, Peerage.

Ver. 119. Fitz-hughe.) Dugdale (in his Baron. V. 1. P: 403.) informs us, that John son of Henry Lord Fitzhugh, was killed at the battle of Otterbourne. This was a Northumberland family. Vid. Dugd. p. 403. col. 1. and Nicholson, p. 33. 60.

Ver. 201. Harbotle.] HARBOTTle is a village upon tbe river Coquet, about 10 m. west of Rothbury. The family of Harbottle was once confiderable in Northumberland. See Fuller. p. 312. 313.) A daughter of Sir Guischard Harbottle, Knt. married Sir Thomas Percy, Knt. fon of Henry the fifth,--and father of Thomas, seventh Earl of Horthumberland.



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