Left: from Child, Vol. 6, early edition; right: from reader submission
Rob Roy from the Highlands cam,|
Unto the Lawlan' border,
To steal awa a gay ladie
To haud his house in order.
2. He cam oure the lock o' Lynn,
3. O will ye gae wi' me, he says,
4. I winna gae wi' you, she says,
5. But he set her on a coal-black steed,
6. Rob Roy was my father ca'd,
7. Be content, be content,
8. He was a hedge unto his frien's,
9. I'm as bold, I'm as bold,
Rob Roy's from the highlands come|
Unto our Lowland border,
And he has stolen a lady away,
To keep his house in order.
2. I will not go with you, she said,
3. But without consent they joined their hands;
4. Oh Rob Roy was my father called
5. My father he has stats and ewes
Readers of Mr. Stevenson's CATRIONA know James well; information as to his villanies is extant in Additional MSS. (British Museum). It occurs in several variants, some of which, copied out by Burns, derive thence a certain accidental interest. In Mr. Stevenson's CATRIONA, the heroine of that name takes a thoroughly Highland view of the abduction. Robin Oig, in any case, was "nane the waur o' a hanging," for he shot a Maclaren at the plough-tail, before the Forty-Five.
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