It fell on a day, and a bonnie summer day,|
When the corn grew green and yellow,
That there fell out a great dispute
Between Argyle and Airly.
2. The Duke o' Montrose has written to Argyle
3. The lady look'd o'er her window sae hie,
4. "Come down, come down, Lady Margaret," he says,
5. "I wadna kiss thee, great Argyle,
6. He has ta'en her by the middle sae sma',|
Says, "Lady, where is your drury?"
"It's up and down by the bonnie burn side,
Amang the planting of Airly."
7. They sought it up, they sought it down,
8. He has ta'en her by the left shoulder,
9. "O it's I hae seven braw sons," she says,
10. "But gin my good lord had been at hame,
Lord Airly's houses were destroyed by Argyll, representing the Covenanters, and also in pursuance of a private feud, in 1639, or 1640.
There are erroneous versions of this ballad, in which Lochiel appears, and the date is, apparently, transferred to 1745. Montrose, in his early Covenanting days, was not actually concerned in the burning of the Bonnie House, which he, when a Royalist, revenged on the possessions of "gleyed Argyll." The reference to "Charlie" is out of keeping; no one, perhaps, ever called Charles I. by that affectionate name.
Lady Ogilvie had not the large family attributed to her: her son, Lord Ogilvie, escaped from prison in the Castle of St. Andrews, after Philiphaugh. A Lord Ogilvie was out in 1745; and, later, had a regiment in the French Service. Few families have a record so consistently loyal.
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