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THE BANNATYNE CLUB, held at Edinburgh, 19th Decem- 
ber, 1827, 

NATYNE, by whose name the CLUB is designated, to contain Ex- 
tracts from an original Manuscript in the possession of his descend- 
ant, SIR JAMES FOULIS of Woodhall, Baronet, with other Papers 
and Documents, be printed for the use of the Members, under the 
superintendence of the PRESIDENT. 































































































No. 1. The Tyinis of the Nativiteis, &c 25 

No. 2. Memorandums of certain Evidentis, &c 33 



Alphabetical Table of the Poems contained in Bannatyno's Manuscript, . . 91 
Poems which have been inserted in the Manuscript at a later date, .... 102 
Names of Authors of the Poems contained in the Manuscript, 103 


APPENDIX. No. II. Additional Notices respecting GEORGE BANNATYNE and his 
connexions, communicated by JOHN RIDDELL, Esq. Advocate, 108 

APPENDIX. No. III. Notes from the Register of Confirmed Testaments preserved 
in the Consistorial Court, Edinburgh, communicated by ROBERT PITCAIKN, Esq. 109 

APPENDIX. No. IV. Poems by GEORGE BANNATYNE, from his Manuscript, 1568, 116 





1 HE pious care with which some of GUI' associates have searched 
out every particular which Time has spared respecting the honoured 
Patron under whose name our Institution is formed, has been ma- 
terially aided by the discovery of George Bannatyne's " Memoriall 
JBuik," in the possession of his descendant, Sir James Foulis of 
Woodhall, Baronet, who has obligingly lent it for that purpose. 
The result of the enquiry does not indeed throw much light on his 
personal character, or the incidents of his life, but yet conveys to 
the Members of the Bannatyne Club some information which can- 
not but be acceptable. It is interesting to learn, that the indefa- 
tigable preserver of Scottish literature was by birth, education, and 
fortune, above the middling class of society ; and still of greater 
consequence to know, that in an age of inveterate feuds and bloody 
violence, the outrages of the time did not reach the lover of the 
Muses, by whose unwearied exertions so much of the ancient Scot- 
tish poetry has been preserved from oblivion. 

The father of our Patron was James Bannatyne of the Kirktown 
of Newtyld, near the village of Meigle, in Angus-shire. He was a 


burgess and writer in Edinburgh, and was probably the person al- 
luded to by Robert Semple, 

For men of law, I wait not quhair to luke : 
James Bannatyne was anis a man of skill. 1 

Of the descent of this James, we know nothing with certainty ; 
but it has been ascertained by our venerable associate Sir William 
MacLeod Bannatyne, chief of the name, that he was connected with 
the ancient family of the Bennauchtyne, more recently spelled Ban- 
nantyne, of Camys, in the Isle of Bute. 2 The name was sometimes 
spelled Ballenden and Ballantyne. 

James Bannatyne of New Tyld had a numerous family by his 
wife, Katherine Tailliefer. She is recorded by her son to have been 
" a woman of godly conversation, with whom her husband led a 
godly, Christian, and pleasant life." Their children were twenty- 
three in number. Had each, or any considerable number of this 
large family been gifted with a moderate share of the taste and 
perseverance of our Patron George, the literature of Scotland would 
have been in a state of preservation which might have been the 
envy of Europe. But the taste and patience which selected and 
executed the Bannatyne Manuscripts could only be indulged to one 
individual. The number of persons of condition whose names occur 
as god-fathers and god-mothers to the numerous family of our Pa- 
tron's father, attest the respectability of the parents. We may dis- 
tinguish the respectable names of Mr James Mat-Gill, Clerk Regis- 

1 The Defens of Grissell Samlylands. BANNATYNE'S Manuscript, fol. 124-. 
'-' See Appendix, No. II. 


ter, Fowlis of Collington, with a branch of which family George 
Bannatyne was afterwards connected, the relict of Henderson of 
Fordel, the spouse of Sir Niel Layng, Symon Preston, and other 
names belonging to the landed gentry. It is perhaps scarce worth 
while to notice, that Patrick Hepburne of Wauchton, a confident of 
the too well known Earl of Bothwell, 3 was in the bonds of spiritual 
kindred with the family of our George Bannatyne, being godfather 
to his brother Patrick. 

George Bannatyne himself, the seventh child of his parents, was 
born on the 22d day of February, 1545 years. His godfathers were 
George Tailliefer, his maternal uncle, and William Fischear, his cou- 
sin ; his godmother Mawise Fischear. He was bred up to trade, but 
does not appear to have been engaged in business in his own behalf 
early in life. Reverting to the death of his mother at the age of 
fifty-seven years, he adds, that she left alive behind her eleven 
children, of whom eight were still under the paternal roof, and did 
not possess any independent means of livelihood. 

To this seclusion from active life during his youth we owe the 
possession of that rich collection of Scottish Poetry which forms our 
Patron's title to our respect. We will speak of it more at large 

3 Francis and Mary, Mar. 23, 1558, Confirm a Charter of Sale by Patrick,* Bishop 
of Moray, Commendator of the Monastery of Scone, (Augustine order,) in favour of 
JAMES BANNATYNE, Burgess of Edinburgh, and Katherine Tailliefeir his spouse in 
conjunct fee, and the heirs of their bodies, whom failing, to the heirs whomsoever, and 
the assignees of the said James, of the lands of Balquhomerye and Formonthills, in 
the barony of Leslie and shire of Fife. To be holden a se of the barons of Leslie for 
payment of a silver penny at Whitsunday yearly. Dated 21 Mar. 1558. Reg. Mag. 
Sig. XXXI. 446. 

Patrick Hepburn, son to Patrick, first Earl of Boihwc-ll. 


hereafter ; in the meantime it is sufficient to say, that it was com- 
piled and transcribed in the year 1568, and must have been a labour 
of love to the collector, since he pursued it with an earnest zeal 
which seems almost miraculous. The volume, written in a very 
close hand, and containing near eight hundred pages, appears to 
have occupied the transcriber only three months, an assertion which 
we should have scrupled to receive upon any other authority than 
his own. 

In 1572, George Bannatyne was provided in a tenement in the 
town of Leith by a gift from his father. He was then twenty-seven 
years, and probably about to enter on business on his own account. 
But it was not until the 27th October, 1587, that, being then in his 
thirty-third year, he was admitted in due and competent form to 
the privileges of a merchant and guild-brother in the city of Edin- 

We have no means of knowing what branch of traffic George 
Bannatyne chiefly exercised ; it is probable that, as usual in a Scot- 
tish burgh, his commerce was general and miscellaneous. We have 
reason to know that it was successful, as we find him in a few years 
possessed of a considerable capital, the time being considered, which 
he employed to advantage in various money-lending transactions. 
It must not be forgot that the penal laws of the Catholic period pro- 
nounced all direct taking of interest upon money, to be usurious and 
illegal. These denunciations did not decrease the desire of the 
wealthy to derive some profit from their capital, or diminish the ne- 
cessity of the embarrassed land-holder who wished to borrow money. 
The mutual interest of the parties suggested various evasions of the 


law, of which the most common was, that the capitalist advanced to 
his dehtor the sum wanted, as the price of a corresponding annui- 
ty, payable out of the lands and tenements of the debtor, which an- 
nuity was declared redeemable upon the said debtor repaying the 
sum advanced. The moneyed men of those days, therefore, imitated 
the conduct imputed to the Jewish patriarch by Shylock. They did 
not take 

interest not as you would say 

Directly interest, 

but they retained payment of an annuity as long as the debtor re- 
tained the use of their capital, which came much to the same thing. 
A species of transaction introduced for the purpose of evading the 
laws against usury was continued, as affording a convenient mode 
of securing the lender's money. 

Our researches have discovered that Mr George Bannatyne had 
sufficient funds to enter into various transactions of this kind, in 
the capacity of lender ; and as we have no reason to suppose that 
he profited unfairly by the necessities of the other party, he cannot 
be blamed for having recourse to the ordinary expedients, to avoid 
the penalties of an absurd law, and accomplish a fair transaction 
dictated by mutual expediency. 

We do not find the exact date of George Bannatyne's marriage, but 
it may have taken place about 1587, the term of his entering the 
community of guild-brothers. His spouse was Isobel Mawchan, re- 
lict of Bailie William Nisbett, whom he has celebrated as a " godly, 
honest, wise, virtuous, and true matron." Of her beauty he says 
nothing, either because there was no room for speaking of such va- 


nities, or because they would rank ill among the moral attributes 
with which his sober prose has invested her. If the worthy relict 
of Bailie William Nisbett was the lady of his love when, " in the 
time of his youth," he collected the works of the learned Makers 
of his day, and added to them his own effusions, our patriarch had 
made up beforehand the omissions of graver eulogium, by telling 
us, that as the pale moon to the bright eye of day, 

My lady so in beauty dois abound, 
Above all other ladeis on the ground. 

The earliest mention of their family is the birth of a daughter, Ja- 
net Bannatyne, born on the third of May, 1587, who survived her 
parents ; a son, born sixth September, 1589, named James, died in 
childhood. From these circumstances, it may perhaps be inferred, 
that George Bannatyne's marriage took place about 1586. 

It is certain that the subject of this imperfect Memoir, on the first 
January, in the year of God 1583, lost his father, James Bannatyne, 
of the Kirktown of Newtyld, at the age of seventy-one years, leaving 
behind him, in life, six sons and three daughters, all well and suffi- 
ciently provided by him, under God. " He was a man honourable, 
wise, and of an upright conscience," so proceeds the pious memorial 
of his son ; " of all men well beloved, and to no man hurtful or 
wrongeous, and ended his life by praising God with a penitent heart, 
and an assured hope of his mercy, through Christ." He was suc- 
ceeded in his estate of New Tyle by his eldest living son, Thomas, 
who became one of the Lords of Session by that designation, an 
appointment which forms an additional voucher for the general re- 
spectability of the family. 


In 1591, the aforesaid Master Thomas Bannatyne Lord New 
Tyle, brother of George, and one of the Lords of the College of Jus- 
tice, died, at the age of fifty-one years, leaving a numerous family. 
In 1597 he was followed by James Bannatyne, another of George's 
brothers, who pursued his father's profession of a writer. The same 
record of mortality announces, that on the 29th January, 1597, our 
compiler lost his only son, James Bannatyne, a boy of between eight 
and nine years old ; and that on the 27th of August, 1603, he was 
deprived of his affectionate helpmate, Isobel Mawchan, at the age of 
fifty-seven. Her death is affectionately recorded by her husband. 
" She lived," says his memorandum, " a godly, honourable, and vir- 
tuous life, all her days ; was a wise, honest, and true matron, and 
departed in the Lord in a peaceful and godly manner." 

The remaining stay of our compiler's old age was his daughter, 
and only surviving child, Jonet or Janet Bannatyne. This young 
lady was married, on the 1st of June, 1603, to George Foulis of 
Woodhall and Ravelstone, second son of James Foulis of Colingtoun. 
It appears that, after his wife's death, George Bannatyne resided in 
family with his daughter. He mentions in his Memoranda, that in 
1606 he was dwelling with his son-in-law and daughter in Dreg- 
horn, near Colingtoun, when a nurse in the family caught the pes- 
tilence which was then raging. She died on the 26th day of August 
in that year after two days' illness. But this alarming visitation made 
no farther progress, for which our author devoutly expresses the 
gratitude due to Heaven. George Bannatyne was at this time sixty- 
one years old ; how much longer he continued to live we have not 
found means to ascertain, nor do we know by what summons he 



was finally removed from the scene. 4 But we have no reason to 
doubt that the end of his life corresponded with its tenor, and that 
his death was peaceful and timely. 

This string of dates is all we have to record of our Patron's 
life. 5 But it is proper to take some notice of the work to which he 
owes his celebrity, and for which we acknowledge our gratitude 
to his memory. 

It is seldom that the toils of the amanuensis are in themselves in- 
teresting, or that even while enjoying the advantages of the poor 
scribe's labour, we are disposed to allow him the merit of more 
than mere mechanical drudgery. But in the compilation of George 
Bannatyne's Manuscript there are particulars which rivet our at- 
tention on the writer, and raise him from an humble copyist into a 
national benefactor. 

Bannatyne's Manuscript is in a folio form, containing upwards 
of eight hundred pages, very neatly and closely written, and de- 
signed, as has been supposed, to be sent to the press. The labour 
of compiling so rich a collection was undertaken by the author du- 
ring the time of pestilence in the year 1568, 6 when the dread of in- 

4 Tlmt George Bannatyne deceased previous to December 1608, appears from the 
Testament dative ad omissa of his spouse Isobell Mawchan, printed in the Appendix, 
No. II. 

5 Our knowledge of these dates is chiefly derived from " The Tymes of the Na- 
tivities," &c. contained in the Extracts from Bannatyne's " Memorial! Buik" which 
follow this Memoir. 

6 Upon the audit day of September, [1568,] aue callit James Dalgleische, mer- 
chant, brocht in the pest in Edinburgh. MS. Chronicle, in the possession of Sir 
John Maxwell of Pollock. 


fection compelled men to forsake their usual employments, which 
could not be conducted without admitting the ordinary promiscuous 
intercourse between man and his kindred men. 

In this dreadful period, when hundreds, finding themselves sur- 
rounded by danger and death, renounced all care save that of sel- 
fish precautions for their safety, and all thoughts save apprehensions 
of infection, George Bannatyne had the courageous energy to form 
and execute the plan of saving the literature of a whole nation ; and, 
undisturbed by the universal mourning for the dead, and general 
fears of the living, to devote himself to the task of collecting and re- 
cording the triumphs of human genius ; thus, amid the wreck of all 
that was mortal, employing himself in preserving the lays by which 
immortality is at once given to others, and obtained for the writer 
himself. His task, he informs us, had its difficulties; for he complains 
that he had, even in his time, to contend with the disadvantage of 
copies old, maimed, and mutilated, and which long before our clay 
must, but for this faithful transcriber, have perished entirely. The 
very labour of procuring the originals of the works which he tran- 
scribed must have been attended with much trouble and some risk, 
at a time when all the usual intercourse of life was suspended, and 
when we can conceive that even so simple a circumstance as the bor- 
rowingor lending a book of ballads, was accompaniedwith some doubt 
and apprehension, and that probably the suspected volume was sub- 
jected to fumigation, and the precautions practised in quarantine. 

As therefore, from the contents of the work in general, we may 
conclude our Patron to have been both a good judge and an ener- 
getic admirer of literature, we will not perhaps be too fanciful in 


deeming him a man of calm courage and undaunted perseverance, 
since he could achieve so heavy a labour at so inauspicious a period. 
In endeavouring to form an estimate of his character, we natu- 
rally look to his literary efforts. That which we love we usually 
strive to imitate ; and we are not surprised to find that George Ban- 
natyne, the preserver of so many valuable poems, was himself ac- 
quainted with the art of poetry. Amid the various examples which 
he has compiled of the talents of others, he has obliged the reader 
with two poems of his own. They are ballads " tuned to his mis- 
tress's eyebrow ;" but even we, his children, cannot claim for them 
a high rank amongst the productions of the Scottish Muse, for the 
power of loving and admiring with discrimination the poetry of 
others, is very far from implying the higher faculties necessary to 
produce it. The reader will, however, find these two specimens of 
our father George's amatory poetry in the Appendix, No. IV ; and 
may probably be of opinion, that our Patron showed himself merci- 
ful in the sparing and moderate example which they afford of his 
poetical powers. The verses are a string of extravagant conceits, 
setting forth his lady's beauties and his own despair in a tone of 
frigid extravagance, which must have astonished Isobel Mavvchan, 
if to her they were addressed. We are somewhat startled to hear 
that the lady's locks altogether resembled a bush burning in red 
flames, but without smoke ; and scarce less so at finding our Patri- 
arch demanding for himself as dead, an instant and hasty funeral, 
" because Aclseon had been slain by his own fell dogs ;" since the 
position that George Bannatyne should be forthwith buried, be- 
cause Actaeon was dead, seems to approach to what the learned Par- 


tridge calls a non scquilur. Actseon, we suppose, brought Adonis 
into our Patron's head, for we find him next remonstrating with 
the boar for not slaying him, and calling as loudly for death as he 
had done for burial in the preceding stanza. 

Oli, thundering Boar, in thy most awful rage, 
Why wilt thou not me with thy tuskis rive? 

But our Members will probably themselves apprehend an invasion 
of the thundering Boar, if we proceed any farther in this subject. 
Our respect is not paid to George Bannatyne as a poet, but as a 
friend and lover of poetry, and one to whom the Scottish Muses 
are eternally indebted, whether we consider his industry, or the 
taste by which it was directed. 

In the reign of James IV. and V. the fine arts, as they awakened 
in other countries, made some progress in Scotland also. Archi- 
tecture and music were encouraged by both those accomplished so- 
vereigns ; and poetry, above all, seems to have been highly valued 
at the Scottish court. The King of Scotland, who, in point of 
power, seems to have been little more than the first baron of his 
kingdom, held a free and merry court, in which poetry and satire 
seem to have had unlimited range, even where their shafts glanced 
on royalty itself. The consequence of this general encouragement 
was the production of much poetry of various kinds, and concern- 
ing various persons, which the narrow exertions of the Scottish 
press could not convey to the public, or which, if printed at all, 
existed only in limited editions, which soon sunk to the rarity of 

There was, therefore, an ample mine out of which Bannatyne 


made his compilation, with the intent, doubtless, of putting the Lays 
of the Makers out of the reach of oblivion, by subjecting the col- 
lection to the press. But the bloody wars of Queen Mary's time made 
that no period for literary adventure ; and the tendency of the sub- 
sequent age to polemical discussion discouraged lighter and gayer 
studies. There is, therefore, little doubt, that had Bannatyne lived 
later than lie did, or had he been a man of less taste in selecting his 
materials, a great proportion of the poetry contained in his volume 
must have been lost to posterity ; and if the stock of northern litera- 
ture had been diminished only by the loss of such of Dunbar's 
pieces as Bannatyne's Manuscript contains, the damage to posterity 
would have been infinite. 

This darling of the Scottish Muses has been justly raised to a 
level with Chaucer by every judge of poetry, to whom his obso- 
lete language has not rendered him unintelligible. In brilliancy of 
fancy, in force of description, in the power of conveying moral pre- 
cepts with terseness, and marking lessons of life with conciseness 
and energy, in quickness of satire, and in poignancy of humour, 
the Northern Maker may boldly aspire to rival the Bard of Wood- 
stock. In the pathetic, Uunbar is Chaucer's inferior, and accord- 
ingly in most of his pieces he rather wishes to instruct the under- 
standing, or to amuse the fancy, than to affect the heart. It is with 
pleasure we understand that an edition of the excellent poet, unri- 
valled by any which Scotland ever produced, is soon to appear under 
the auspices of our Secretary. We shall then be in possession of 
what a correct text can give. But where is the Dryden to be found, 
who is to translate, for the benefit of more modern times, the wis- 


dom, the wit, the humour, which can now only be comprehended by 
the scholar and antiquary ? 

But although Dunbar be in himself a host, it is not for his pieces 
only that we are called to thank our Patron. The beautiful pas- 
toral of Robin and Makyne, the works of Lyndesay, Scott, Hen- 
ryson, and other poets of the sixteenth century, have been also pre- 
served by the care of George Bannatyne, who, if he had merely 
acted under the impatience arising from want of employment, would 
perhaps have gone no farther for subjects of transcription than the 
" drafty rhimings," which gave so much displeasure to honest Harry 
Bailly, mine Host of the Tabard. But he aspired at collecting and 
preserving that which was really worthy of preservation, and his 
Manuscript must be considered as comprehending a copious selec- 
tion of the best Scottish poetry. The Manuscript, therefore, which 
bears his name, eminently deserving of our veneration as a monu- 
ment of ancient times, a record of early literature and of ancient 
manners, is yet more worthy of respect, from the genius and talent 
displayed by most of the authors whose works Bannatyne has trans- 
cribed and preserved. There is yet another point of view in which 
the collection may be regarded. Independent of the intrinsic merit 
of the poems collected in Bannatyne's manuscript, the insight which 
they afford respecting the manners of Scotland at that early period, 
is as valuable to the historian and antiquary, as their poetical merit 
renders them acceptable to readers of taste and judgment. 

At the beginning of the Manuscript is the following Address by 
Bannatyne, detailing the general nature of the contents of the five 
parts or divisions under which the poems are classed : 



YE reverend Redaris, thir workis revolving richt, 
Gif ye get crymes, correct thame to your iniclit, 

And curse na Clark that cunnyngly tliame wrait, 
Cut blame me baldly broclit tills bulk till lioht 
In tenderest tyme, qulien knawlege was nocht bricht, 

Cut lait begun to lerne, and till translait 

My copeis awld. mankit and mutillait, 
Qnhais trcwth as standis, (yit liaif I, sympill wicht,) 

Tryd furtli, Thairfoir excuse sura pairt my estait. 

Now ye liaif heir this ilk bulk sa provydit, 

That in fyve pairtis It is dewly devydit : 

1. The first concernis Godis gloir and our saluatioun ; 

'2. The nixt are morale, grave, and als besyd it, 

3. Grund on glide counsale; The third, I will nocht hyd it, 
Ar blyith and glaid, maid for our consollatioun ; 

4. The ferd of luve and thair ric'it reformation!! ; 

5. The fyift ar tailis and storeis will discydit : 
Reid as ye pleiss, I ueid no moir narrationn. 

After the introductory verses is the following title 

" Ane most Godlie, mirrie, and lustie llapsodie, maide 
be sundrie learned Scots poets, and written be 
George Bannatyne, in the tyme of his youth." 

The First part, " contenand ballatis of theologie," extends to folio 
43. " Followis the Secound pairt of the bilk, conteueand verry 
singular ballatis, full of wisdome and moralitie," etc. At folio 97 
ends the Second part, and " Heir begynnys the Third pairt of this 


buik, contenand balletis mirry, and vther solatius consaittis, set 
furth be diners ancient Poyettis. 1568." These " mirry and so- 
latius consaits," include Christ's Kirk on the Grene, The Wyfe of 
Auchtermuchty, The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy, and many 
other pieces of broad humour, made, as Bannatyne expresses it, 
" for our consolation." The most conspicuous place, however, in this 
division, is occupied with Sir David Lyndsay's well-known Play, 
" The Satyre of the Three Estates ;" from which, on account of " the 
long process of the play," Baunatyne contented himself with tran- 
scribing detached portions, in the form of " certane mirry Inter- 
ludes thairof, very plesand, levand the grave mater thairof, becaus 
the samyne abuse is weill reformit in Scotland, praysit be God !" 

These 'mirry' Interludes extend to folio 210 ; and, on the next 
leaf, " Heir followis Ballatis of Luve, devydit in four partis. The 
first, Sangis of Luve. The second are contemptis of Luve and evill 
wemen. The third ar contemptis of evill fals vicius men. And the 
fourt ar ballatis detesting of luve and lichery." Bannatyne com- 
mences this Fourth part with the following appropriate address : 

To the Redur. 

Heir half ye, Luvaris, ballattis at your will, 
How evir your natur directtit is untill. 
Bot, wald ye luve eftir my counsalling, 
Luve first your God aboif all uder thing ; 
Nixt, as your self your nichtbur beir gud will. 

Among these " Ballattis of Luve," for the preservation of which 
we are indebted to our Patron, we may notice the love verses of 
Alexander Scott, who has been styled " the Scottish Anacreon." 
On proceeding to folio 298, we read, " Here follouis the Fyift 



part of this buik, contenying the ffabillis of Esop, with diners uthir 
fabillis and poeticall workis, maid and compyld be diuers lernit 
men. 1568. This part of the manuscript is likewise introduced by 
an address from the compiler " To the Redar." 

My freindis, thir storeis subsequent, 
Albeid hot Fabillis tbay present, 
Yit devyne Doctowris of jugement 

Sayis, tbair ar bid but dowt, 
Graue meteris wyis and sapient, 
Vndir the workis <rf Poyetis gent ; 
Tbairfoir, be war that thow consent 

To blame thir, heir set owt I 

The chief poems contained in this division are several of Henry- 
son's fables, with his exquisite pastoral of Robin and Makyne ; the 
ancient allegorical poem of the Howlat ; the Freirs of Berwick ; 
Dunbar's Goldin Targe, and his Thrissill and the Rois ; together 
with the singular rhapsody of Colkelbie's Sow. On the last leaf 
(folio 375) is inserted this valedictory address : 

The Wrlttar to the Eedare. 

Heir endis this Buik, writtin in tyme of pest, 
Quhen we fra labor was compeld to rest, 
In to the thre last monethis of this yeir, 
Frome oure Redimaris birth, to knaw it heir, 
Ane thowsand is, ffyve hundred], threscoir awclit. 
Off this purpoiss na mair it neiddis be tawcht. 

Swa, till conclude, God grant ws all gude end ; 

And eftir deth EternaU lyfe ws send. ffinis. 1568. 

Any farther notice of the contents of Bannatyne's Manuscript is 
rendered unnecessary, by the detailed list which forms part of this 
publication, exhibiting the titles and first lines of all the poems 


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contained in the manuscript, with references to the works in which 
they have been severally printed. 

After the death of George Bannatyne, the industrious compiler, 
this Manuscript became the property of his grandson, George Foulis, 
of Ravelston. His daughter, Jonet Bannatyne, died on the 31st of 
March, 1631, and her husband, George Foulis of Ravelston, 7 (who 
was Master of the King's Mint,) on the 28th May, 1633. They lie 
buried on the west side of the Grey Friars Churchyard, where a 
very handsome tomb was erected to their memory. The emblema- 
tical figures which adorn this monument, for the purpose of attest- 
ing the wealth and respectability of our Patron's descendants, have 
been much mutilated ; but the centre part, as represented in the 
accompanying engraving, is better preserved, and highly creditable 
to the state of the arts at that period ; and it is the more interesting, 
as containing portraits of George Foulis and Jonet Bannatyne. 8 

7 The old house of Ravelston was built about the year 1622, and is ornamented in 
various parts of the building with the ciphers of George Foulis and Jonet Bannatyne 
intertwined, and the ceiling of the principal room is painted with considerable ele- 
gance. A view of the house, from a sketch by James Skene, Esq. is given as a vignette, 
at the end of this Memoir. From the prominent manner in which Jonet's name is uni- 
formly exhibited in conjunction with her husband's, we may infer, that as an heiress ; 
she had inherited considerable wealth from her father, George Bannatyne. 

" The inscription is become illegible : Monteith, however, in his " Theater of Mor" 
tality," copied it more than a century ago, and we insert it from his curious work : 


" VIRI optimi GEORGII FOULIS, a Ravilstoun, ex Nobili familia Colintonia, Rei mo- 
netarise Regiae Magistri, Civitatis Edinburgense Prsetoris, ac per annos 16. Senatoris ; 
Qui, in omni munere publico privatoque egregia fide et integritate ; in florentis 
familise splendore et fortunte amplitudine ; eximia anirni modestia ; bonis omnibus 


It only remains to observe, that on the 20th of November, 1712, 
William Foulis of Woodhall (the great-grandson of George Banna- 
tyne, 9 ) bestowed this Manuscript, the monument of his ancestor's 
taste and labours, upon the Honourable Mr. William Carmichael 
of Skirling, advocate. Finally, in the year 1772, the liberality of 
John third Earl of Hyndford made this Corpus Poetarum Scoto- 
rum public property, by depositing it in the Library of the Faculty 
of Advocates. 

Such is all we have been able to learn of George Bannatyne, and 
such the general history of the compilation which he formed. It 
is a lesson to the Society of persons who have used his Name as 
a rallying word to mark their attachment to Scottish literature, 

charus ; nemini etiam improbo invisus ; ad maturam usque senectutem provectus, ho- 
nestam vitam, pia morte, feliciter clausit, 28 Maij 1633, tetatis 64. 

" Mortalitatis exuvias, in novae vitse spem, hie deposuit, una cum charissima Con- 
juge JONETA BANNATINA ; cum qua 29. annos vixit, in sumraa concordia. 

" Reliquit filios superstites 6, totidemque filias ; prtemortuos 5. filios et filiam, in 
regnum coeleste, ante ambulones habuit." [Theater of Mortality, 1704, 8vo, p. 32, 
and reprinted in Maitland's History of Edinburgh, folio, p. 197.] 

5 In Bannatyne's Manuscript " Memoriall Buik," a register has been kept of his 
grandchildren and their posterity ; from which it appears, that George Fowlis and Jonet 
Bannatyne had a family of eleven sons and five daughters. The godfathers of Ja- 
net Foulis their eldest daughter, (born the 18th of April, 1604,) were Mr Thomas 
Craig and Henry Nisbett ; and of James, their eldest son, (born 15th March 1605,) 
were (says the writer) James Foulis of Colintoun, " my father," Sir James Foulis, 
"my brother," and Mr James Bannatyne of Newtyld, one of the commissaries 
of Edinburgh. The godfathers of George, then- second son, (born 6th April, 1606,) 
were GEORGE BANNATYNE, " my gudfather, " and George Heriot, elder ; his god- 
mother, Dame Beatrix Chirnsyd, spous to Sir Lewis Craig of Wrychtis Landis, one 
of the Lords of Session. 


for it serves to show how much the patience and energy of one 
individual, directed by taste and good sense, was able to achieve 
for the preservation of the poetry of a nation within the limited 
space of three months. 

Besides affording assistance to almost every antiquary who has 
written upon the ancient history of Scotland, " Bannatyne's Manu- 
script" has afforded exclusively materials for the collection by Allan 
Ramsay, called the Evergreen, in two little volumes, printed in the 
year 1724, and for a selection of ancient Scottish poetry, subse- 
quently published by Sir David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes. 

Ramsay has left traces of his labours by some lines written at the 
end of the Manuscript itself. I0 In his preface, he praises with truth 
and spirit the works of the ancient Masters, to whom he had be- 
come Editor. " I have observed," he says, " that readers of the 
" best and most exquisite discernment frequently complain of our 
" modern writings, as filled with affected delicacies and studied 
" refinements, which they would gladly exchange for that natural 
" strength of thought and simplicity of stile our forefathers prac- 

10 These lines, dated July 6, 1726, are as follows : " On the EVER GREEN'S being 
gathered out of this Manuscript by Allan Ramsay, who had the loan of it from the Ho- 
nourable Mr William Carmichaell, advocat, brotber-german to the Earl of Hynford," 

In Seventeen hundred, twenty-four, Fashions of words and witt may change, 
did ALLAN RAMSAY keen- and rob in part their fame, 

-ly gather from this Book that store, And make them to dull fops look strange, 
which fills his EVER GREEN. but sence is still the same. 

Thrice fifty and sax Towmonds neat And will bleez bright to that clear mind 
frae when it was colected ; that loves the antient strains, 

Let worthy Poets hope good fate, Like good CARMICHAEL, Patron kind 
thro' Time they'll be respected. to whom this BOOK pertains. 


" tised ; to such, I hope, the following Collection of Poems will not 
" be displeasing. 

" When these good old Bards wrote, we had not yet made use of 
" imported trimming upon our cloaths, nor of foreign embroidery 
" in our writings. Their Poetry is the product of their own Coun- 
" try, not pilfered and spoiled in the transportation from abroad : 
" their images are native, and their landskips domestick ; copied 
" from those fields and meadows we every day behold. The morn- 
" ing rises (in the Poet's description) as she does in the Scottish ho- 
" rizon. We are not carried to Greece or Italy for a shade, a stream, 
" or a breeze. The groves rise in our own valleys ; the rivers flow 
" from our own fountains, and the winds blow upon our own hills. 
" I find not fault with those things, as they are in Greece or Italy : 
" but with a Northern Poet for fetching his materials from these 
" places, in a poem, of which his own country is the scene ; as our 
" Hymners to the Spring and Makers of Pastorals frequently do. 

" This Miscellany will likewise recommend itself, by the diver- 
" sity of subjects and humour it contains. The grave description 
" and the wanton story, the moral saying and the mirthful jest, 
" will illustrate and alternately relieve each other. 

' The Reader, whose temper is spleen'd with the vices and fol- 
" lies now in fashion, may gratifie his humour with the satyres he 
" will find upon the follies and vices that were uppermost two or 
" three hundred years ago. The Man, whose inclinations are turn- 
" ed to mirth, will be pleased to know how the good Fellow of a 
" former age told his jovial tale ; and the Lover may divert him- 
" self with the old-fashioned Sonnet of an amorous Poet in Q. Mar- 


" garet and Q. Mary's days. In a word, the following Collection 
" will be such another prospect to the eye of the mind, as to the 
" outward eye is the various meadow, where flowers of different 
" hue and smell are mingled together in a beautiful irregularity." 
This passage contains a deserved, and not an inelegant compliment, 
both to the merit of the ancient poets and the taste of George Ban- 
natyne, who selected and arranged their compositions. 

In point of editorial accuracy, Ramsay took greater license than 
would be now admitted. He never scrupled altering the text where 
he thought he could make an improvement, and very frequently he 
was of that opinion when it was a very mistaken one. This, how- 
ever, was not the fault of honest Allan, who, as observed by Lord 
Hailes, was certainly a man of singular natural genius, although 
incompetent to editing a collection of ancient Scottish Poems, for 
want of the antiquarian lore essential to such a task. He had 
announced his intention to publish two additional volumes of the 
Evergreen, with lives and characters of the different Scottish poets, 
but the success attending his first publication was probably not 
sufficient to encourage him to proceed in completing the design. 

The publication of Lord Hailes, is entitled " Ancient Scottish 
Poems, published from the Manuscript of George Bannatyne. 1568. 
Edinburgh, 1770," 12mo. It was designed to correct the many 
infidelities and inaccuracies of the Evergreen, and is accompanied 
with notes and a glossary, valuable as coming from the pen of so 
celebrated an antiquary. Yet aliquando dormitat Lord Hailes, 
himself the most accurate of men, after spelling the name of our 
patron correctly in the title page, calls him in the first page of his 


preface " one Ballantine." Had he discovered this misnomer in the 
work while in the bookseller's hands, he would certainly have can- 
celled the preface. The publication is an excellent specimen of 
Bannatyne's Collection, though the severe delicacy of Lord Hailes's 
taste has excluded some curious matter. 

Here, therefore, must end our brief account of our Patron, Ban- 
natyne, his Manuscript, and the use which has been made of it. Let 
us conclude with the classical wish 

-Sine pondere terrain, 

Spirantesque crocos, et in urna perpetuum ver. 


. I. 





HE wes borne, upoun the thrid day of Maij 1512 5eiris ; his godfader 
was Mr James Kincragy, dene of Abirdene, and Joline Lichtoun, burges 
of Edinburgh. 

1. LAURENCE BANNATYNE, his eldeft lone, borne upoun the xiiij 
day of September, the 3eir of God 1539; his godfaderis war Mr Lau- 
rence Tailliefeir, thefaurar of Dunkeld, and Mr Henry Balnavis of Hal- 
hill ; his godmoder, .... Winde3ettis, the fpous of Johne Filchear. 
[Deceiffit the vj of October 1557. 1 ] 

2. THOMAS BANNATYNE, his fecound lone, borne the lail day of 

1 The words printed within brackets are inserted at a subsequent time as marginal notes 
in the original MS. 



Auguft 1540 3eivis ; Mr Thomas Bellenden and Symone Prefloun, his 
godfaderis ; Agnes Cokburne his godfmoder. [Deceiflit the xiij of Au- 
guft 1591- Levand eftir him on lyve xj bairnis ; to wit, vij fonis and 
four dochteris.] 

3. JONET BANNATYNE, his eldeft dochter, borne the Lift day of 
September 1541 3eiris ; hir godfaderis, Thomas Hammiltoun of Preift- 
feild ; hir godmoderis, Jonet Purves, the fpous of Mr Thomas Marjori- 
bankis, and Elizabeth Sung, tne fpous of Dauid Tod. [Mareit to Hen- 
ry Nifbet] 

4. AGNES BANNATYNE, his dochter, borne upoun the . . day of 
. . . . the jeir of God 1542 3eiris ; hir godfader was George Taille- 
feir, elder, his gudfader ; her godmoderis was Agnes Liddardaill, his 
moder, and Dame Paterfone. 

5. ITEM. Upoun the viij day of Julij 1543, his wyf partit with ane 
lone deid borne. 

6 BARBARA BANNATYNE, his dochter, was borne the v day of 
Auguft, the 3eir of God 1544 ; hir godfaderis, Johne Paterfone, fone of 
Thomas Paterfone ; hir godmoderis, Jonet Fifchear and Jonet Yrland. 
[Mareit, firft to Robert Paterfon, nixt to James Nicoll, merchantis.] 

7. GEORGE BANNATYNE, his fone, borne the xxij day of December 
1545 5eiris , his godfaderis, George Taillefeir, his moderis broder, and 
William Fifchear, his erne ; and his godmoder, Mawife Fifchear. [Ma- 
reit to Iflbbell Mawchan, &c.] 


8. JAMES BANNATYNE, his fone, borne the viij day of December 
1546; his goclfaderis, James Corfby and James Baffintyne ; and his 
godmoder, Agnes Bannatyne. [Mareit firft to Margret Hay, dochter 
to the Clark of Regifter ; and nixt to Helene Rutherfurd, dochter 
to . . . .] 

9. CKISTIANE BANNATYNE, his dochter, borne the xxvij day of 
Junij 1547; hir godfader was Johne <3 un &> wryttar ; and hir god- 
moderis war Cristiane Yrland, relict of umquhile Thomas Ryud, and 
Margret . . 

10. MARION, my [his] dochtir, first of that name, borne the xij 
day of December, 1548 3eiris ; hir godfader was S r George Clapparton, 
proveft of the Trinitie College ; hir godmoderis, Marioun Scott, relict 
of George Henderfone of Forder, and Iffobell Rynd, fpous to S r Neill 
Layng, &c. 

11. ITEM. The ferd of Augufl 1549, his wyf parti t with ane lone. 

12. MARIOUN BANNATYNE, fecound of that name, borne the firft 
of November 1551 ; hir godfader, S r Robert Daniftoun, perfone of Dy- 
fart ; hir godmoderis, Agnes Blakftok and Marioun Yrland. [Mareit 
to Thomas Akinheid, baillie.] 

13. ITEM. The xxvj day of Auguft, the jeir of God 1552 3eiris, his 
wyf partit with ane fone. 

14. CATHARENE BANNATYNE, his dochter, borne upoun the le- 


cound day of Februar, the 3eir of God 1553 jeiris; liir godfader was Johne 
Carkettill of Fynglen ; and hir godmoder, Catherene Winde5ettis and 
.Tonet Rynd, the fpous of Johne 5 un g wryttar. [Mareit, firft to James 
Bannatyne, 3ungar ; and nixt to William Steward, wryttar. Deceiffit 
the xij of Julij 1592, levand eftir hir vj bairnis ; thrd to the firft, and 
thre to the fecound.] 

15 JOHNE BANNATYNE, my [his] forie, was borne the xxviij day 
of Appryll, the 3eir of God 1555 3eiris ; his godfaderis, S r Johne Bellen- 
den of Awchnowll, knycht, Juflice dark, and Mr Arthour Tailliefeir, 
perfone of Crythmond, his gudfir bruder ; and his godmoder, .... 
Swynttoun, the fpous of Mr Robert Herreott, &c. [Deceiffit, the laft 
day of Marche, 1571-] 

16. PATRIK BANNATYNE, his fone, borne the thrid day of Julij 
1556 3eiris ; his godfaderis, Patrik Hepburne of Wawchtoun, Alex r . 
Guthrie, burges of Edinburgh ; and his godmoder, .... Bertoun, the 
fpous of Thomas Thomfone, Ypoticar. [Mareit to Sara Johnftoun.] 

17. MARGARET BANNATYNE, his dochter, borne the thrid day of 
December 1557; hir godfader, S r Williame M c Dowell; hir godmoder, 
Katherene Heudirfone, the fpous of Thomas Hendirfone, and Margret 
Taillefeir, his wyffis filler. [Deceiffit . . . .] 

18. CRISTIANE BANNATYNE, his dochter, borne the xv day of 
Maij 1559 seiris; hir godfader was Maifler Henry Fowlis of Colling, 
toun ; and hir godrnoderis, Criftiane Abircrumby, dochtir to Mr Johne 
Abircrumby, and Katherene Irland. [Deceiffit . . . .] 


19. ROBERT BANNATYNE, his fone, wes borne the xxiiij day of 
December 1560 3eris ; his godfaderis, Robert Scott, wryttar, and Jolme 
M c neill, wryttar ; his godnioder, Katherene Murray, the fpous of Nicoll 
Ramflay, &c. [Mareit to Mariouu Blyth, &c.] 

20. HENRY BANNATYNE, his fone, borne the xiij day of Januar 
1561 ; his godfaderis, his fone in law Henry Nifbett, and James Millar, 
wryttar ; and his godmoder, Elizabeth Danielftoun, fpous of S r Neill 
Layng, kepar of the fignet, &c. 

21. SAMUAI,L BANXATYNE, his fone, borne upoun the fyift day 
of Maij, the 3eir of God I m v Ixiij 3eiris ; his godfaderis, Mr William 
Scott of Balvery, and Mr James MGill, dark of regiftre ; and his god- 
moder, Margret Lundy, Lady Wauchtoun, &c. 

22. ISSOBEI,L BANNATYNE. his dochter, borne upoun the xxij day 
of Junij, the 3eir of God I m v c Ixiiij 3eiris ; hir godfader was Robert Pa- 
terfone, his godfone ; and hir godmuderis was Iffbbell Banuatyne his 
filler, and Jonet Bannatyne his dochter, &c. [Deceiffit 3ung.] 

23. ANNA BANNATYNE, his 3ungeft dochter, borne upoun the xx ly 
day of Februar, the 3eir of God I m v c Ixv 3eiris ; hir godfader, Robert 
Hendirfone, chirurgiane ; and hir godmoder, Margret Taillefeir, his 
wyvis filler. [Deceiffit 3ung.] 


KATHEKENE TAILLIEFEIR, his fpous and my moder, off the aige of 
xlvij 3eiris, Deceiffit upoun the penult day of Junij, the 3eir of God l m v" 
Ixx jeiris ; levand behind hir on lyve, ellevin bairnis ; off quhome viij ar 
3it in his houfe unput to proffeit. Scho was ane woman cf godly con- 
verfatioun, with quhome he led ane godly, cheretable, and plefand lyfe ; 
quhais fawle ringis with God eternally, thruch Chryfl. Amen. 

MY fader, JAMES BANXATYNE, wryttar, and of the Kirktoun of 
Newtyld, being of the aige of Ixxj 3eiris, deceiffit upoun the firft day of 
Januar, the 3eir of God I m v c Ixxxiij 3eiris ; levand behind him on lyve, 
fax fonis and thre dochteris, all weill and fufficiently provydit be him, 
undir God. He was a man, honorable, wyiie, and of ane upricht con- 
Icience ; off all men weilbelovit, and to no man hurtfull or wrangus : 
and endit his lyf, prayfing God with ane penitent hairt, and ane afTurit 
howp of his merceis thruch Chryfl. Amen. 

BARBARA BAXNATYXE, deceiffit the aucht day of Junij 1577, and of 
hir aige 33 3eiris, levand behind her viij childryne ; to wit, tua laidis of 
Ro' Paterfbnis ; and tua laiddis and four maidin bairnis of James Nicollis. 

MAISTER THOMAS BANNATYNE, mybruder, deceifit the xiij of Au- 
guft 1591 3eiris, being of the aige of Ij 3eiris, and ane of the Lordis of 
the College of Juftice, &c. He left of childryne, vij fonis and four doch- 
teris, &c. 

KATHERYNE BANNATYNE, my fifter, deceifit the xij of Julij 1592, 
levand of hir born vj chyldryne. Scho was of the aige of 35 3eiris. 


MAISTKR JAMES BANNATYNE, my bruder, deceiffit the xvij of 
September 1597, leivand thrd femell childryne begottin of him ; being 
of the aige of Ij 3eiris. 

JAMES BANNATYNE, my fone, deceiffit the xix day of Januar 1597 
3eiris, off" the aige of audit 3eiris and fyve monethis, or thairby. 

ISSOBELL MAAVCHAN, 2 my fpous, departit this lyf the xxvij day of 
Auguft, Anno I vj and thre 3eiris, off the aige of Ivij 3eiris ; ane god- 
ly, honeft, wyife, vertewis, and trew matrone. Scho was firfl mareit to 
nmquhile William Nifbett, baillie ; and laft to George Baunatyne, 
merchand burges of Edinburgh. 

The thrid day of Maij, the 3eir of God I m v c Ixxxvij 3eiris, JONET 
BANNATYNE/ my dochter, was borne at fyve houris eftirnone, or thair- 
by. Hir godfader is Mr James Bannatyne, wryttar, my brudar ; hir god- 
moderis, Jonet Bannatyne, my fifler, and Jonet Miller, my ant, &c. 

The faxt of September, 1589, my fone, JAMES BANNATYNE, wes 
boi'ne abowt foure houris in the mornyng. His godfaderis war Mr Pa- 
trik Bannatyne, my bruder, and James Nill)ett, my filler fone ; and his 
godmoder is Katheryne Dick, the relict of umquhile William Biflett, 
chirurgiane. [Deceiffit.] 

2 On the margin is written, " Iffobell Mawclian, my fpous, twyifs writtin," in reference 
to the fimilar entry whicli follows on the next page. 

3 On the margin is written in a different hand from the rest of the MS., " Jonet 
natyne, my mother, departit the lajt of Marche 1631 ^eiris." 


The xxiij day of Merche 1592 jeiris, my wyf wes deliuerit of anedeid 
maid bairne, at the plefour of God, &c. 

ISSOBELL MAAVCHAN, my fpous, depairtit this lyf the xxvij day of 

Augutt 1603 3eiris, 4 fcho being enterit in the Ivij 3eiris of hir aige. Scho 
levit ane godly, honorable, and vertewis lyf all hir dayis. Scho wes ane 
wyife, honeft, and trew matrone, and departit in the Lord in peice and 
maift godly maner; quhais faule, I am aflurit, is in the Hevin, amangis 
the faithful!, thruch the mereitis of Jefus Chryift our Saviour. 

The 24 of Augnft 1606. 

GEORGE FOWI,IS, JONET BANNATYNE, his fpous, my dochter, and 
I, GEORGE BANNATYNE, thair fader, being dwelland in Dreghorne, 
befyde Colingtoun, the nureife infectit in the peft, being upoun ane 
Sounday, and the fecound day of the change of the mone, and Sanct Bar- 
tilmo his day ; and fcho deceiflit upoun the Tyfday nixt thaireftir, tlie 
26 day of the fame moneth. And eftir ane clenging, na forder truble 
come to our houiliald, bliffit be the Almichty God, off his Majefteis mi- 
racoulufe and mercifull deliuerance, &c. 

4 On the margin of the MS. is repeated, " Illobell Mawchan departit the 27 of Augult 


No. II. 



ANNO 1582. 


RENUNCIATION maid be George Bannatyne of the first seisin 
gevin be James Bannatyne bis fader to him upon the redemptioun 
of xl s. of his tenement of land lyand in Leith, " betwix the lands 
of umquhile Andro Tynnynghame, and now pertyning to the airis 
of Florence Cornetoun upon the sowth, and the tenement of land per- 
tening to W m Fovvlar upon the north, and the common cloise and 
street upon the west, and the tenement of the land of Corstorphyne 
now pertening to the airis and successors of umquhile David Mel- 
vill upon the eistsyd, &c." Done at Leith the last day of June, 


Ane new charter maid to the said George Bannatyne be his said 
fader of the said house and tenement of Leith, reserving the said 
James lyftyme thairof. Daitit at Dysert, first July 1572, &c. Wit- 
ness, " Sir George Strawchan, vicar of Dysert, Johne Sampsone, 
panter, Patrik Bannatyne his sone." 

Sasine followed in favour of the said George, under the above re- 
servations of same date. 



Contract maid betvvix James Banna tyne, burges of Edinburgh, 
and William Fowlar, sone and air of umquhile John Fowlar, bur- 
ges of the said burgh. Dated at Edinburgh, 8th July 1553, sub- 
scrivit with baith thair handis. Witnesses, " Johne Carkettill of 
Fynglen, Mr Johne Bannatyne and Gilbert Greg," &c. " This said 
contract concernis the vendition and allienation of the tenement and 
west land pertening to the said William being brunt be Ingland 
lyand in Leith .' 


Charter of venditioun to James Bannatyne and Katheryne Tallie- 
feir his spouse, be William Fowlair burges of Edinburgh, makand 
Johne Carkettill of Finglen his baillie, for sesing to be geven to 
thame of his said west tenement of land, lyand in maner befoir spe- 
cifeit, " with the sowth half of the close lyand at the backsyd of the 
said William uthir tenement of land lyand on ye north syd of the 
said tenement now said." Dated at Edinburgh, 24th July, 1553. 
Witnessis, " Gilbert Greg burges of Edinburgh, David Kingome, 
James Libbertoun and Johne Robesone, with utheris diverse." 


Sasine followed upon this charter in favour of the saids James 
Bannatyne and Katherine Tailliefer, and " the langer levar of thame 
twa, thair airis and assignayis heretablie of the said tenement." 
Dated 24th July, 1553 years. Witnesses, " Sir George Clappertoun 
provost of the Trinitie College, Sir Cuthbert Patersone, James Lib- 
bertoun, Johne Robesone notar." 


Charter maid be Owthreid M'Dowall of Garthland to James Ban- 
natyne of the Kirktoun of Newtyld, and Jonet Cokburne his spouse 


in lyfrent, and George Bannatyne his sone, heretably, of the twa 
merk land of Ardwall of awld extent, lyand in the barony of Cors- 
walt, parish of Kirkcum and sheriffdom of Wigtoun, sealed and 
subscribit 3d August, 1577. Witnesses, John Henderson writer, 
Alexander Lesk, David Moysie and Gavyne Alexander. 

Sasine followed theron the 23d August, 1577- "Redemit 

at Merti- 

Ane uthir charter maid be the said Laird of Gartland to the mes,ii9<;. 
said James Bannatyne in lyferent, and George his sone, in fee of the 
said merk land of Ardwall. Dated third August, 1577. 

Sasine followed theron 23d August, 1577. 


" Memorandum, Robert Gourlaw and Adame Wallace, burgesses 
of Edinburgh, as cautionaris for the yeirly payment of thir twa 
annuallis foresaidis untill the full redemptioun therof, confonne to 
ane obligation and decreit of the dait at Ed r , the day and 3eir 
of God foirsaid, and the said land of Garthland to releif thame." 


Ane charter maid be Alex r Drummond of Medop to James and " Payit." 
George Bannatynes, for infefting the former in liferent and latter in 
fee of ane annuallrent of forty pounds yearly, to be uplifted of the 
lands of Medop, with the fortalice, &c. lying in the sherifdorn of 
Linlithgow. Dated at Edinburgh, 14th June, 1578. 

Sasine followed thereon 23d July, 1578. " Payit." 

Mem: Rob 1 Abercromby is surety for payment of the annualrent, " Payit." 
in terms of aue decreit of the Lords of Counsale, 14th June, 1578. 

Item, ane contract maid be John Logan of Sherifbra and Cow- 
stoun, Thomas Young wryter, surety for him on the ane part, and 
George Bannatyne merchand burgess of Edinburgh, on the uder 


part, for infeftment to be given the said George Bannatyne, of an 
annualrent of fyfty merks furth of his acres and lands of Hillhouse- 
field. Dated at Edinburgh, 21st May, 1588. 

Item, a charter made by the said Johne Logan to the same effect, 
of the same date. 

Instruments of seising thereupoun followed in favour of George 
Bannatyne and of Isobell Mauchan his spouse, 24th April, 1590. 
Amongst the witnesses occurs " Henry Bannatyne, brudar to the 
said George Bannatyne." 


Ane charter maid to me be James Bannatyne, my fader, of ane 
yearly annualrent of forty merks out of " all and haill his annuall 
rent of ane hundred pounds, quherin he is infeft be ye laird of Res- 
talrig, and Dame Agnes Gray, Lady Home his moder, in the lands 
and toun of Gogar." Dated 10th Nov. 1577. 

Sasine followed thereon 16th January, 1577. 

Obligation of Dame Agnes Gray Lady Home lyfrenter, and Ro- 
bert Logan of Restalrig heritor of the lands of Gogar, upon which 
a decreet followed in favour of James Bannatyne, of a hundred 
pounds during his lifetime, and to the heirs particularly iufeft " be 
the said James, after his deceiss, quhairof the said George Banna- 
tyne is infeft in maner foresaid of xl markis. The decreet is dated 
at Edinburgh, day of 1585." 


Charter by Sir Lues Bellenden of Awchnoull knight, clerk of 
Justiciarie, to James Bannatyne elder, and George Bannatyne his 
sone, of the yearly annuall of fifty merks for infeftmeut in their fa- 
vour of the Walk Mylne and mylne therof. Dated 6th August, 1580. 


Witnesses, Patrick Bellenden of Stenhouse his fader-bruder, Johne 
Bannatyne and Johne Crychtoun his servitouris. 

Sasine followed 18th August, 1580. Witness, James Bannatyne 
younger, writer, Robert Huntar tailor at the Westport, William Blak 
in Walk Mylne, Andro Kello servitor to Archibald Thomsone at the 
said mylne. 


Ane charter maid for sesing to be gevin be Alex 1 Kennedy, sone " Huk- 
and air to Gilbert Kennedy of Bog, &c., to James Bannatyne elder, 
in liferent, and George Bannatyne in fee of ane annualrent of twenty 
punds furth of the lands of Girval Mains, pertaining to Gilbert 
Kennedy of Bog. Dated last day of April, 1580. 

Sasine followed 24th August, 1580. "Payit. 

Ane obligation to the said James and George Bannatyne, regis- " Payit. 
tered in the books of council by Gilbert Kennedy of Girval Mains, 
as principal, and William Home burgess of Edinburgh, as surety 
for payment of the said annualrent. Dated 29th April, 1580. Wit- 
nesses, James Logane clerk of the Canongate, Peter M'Gowen son 
to Patrick Provost of Whytehorn, John Huntar and Mr James. 
Bannatyne son to the said James. 

Memorandum, ane reversion grantit and given be thame thair- 
upoun for the payment of the soum of iij c merkis, with the byrunis. 


Ane charter maid be Sir Lues Bellenden of Awchnowll knight, 
&c. for infeftment to be given to George Bannatyne his heirs and 
assignees, of an annualrent of fourscore ten merkis, to be tane up 
yearly and termly of his myllis and mill lands of the Cannomylnis, 
conforme to the charter maid therupon, of date at Edinburgh, 12th. 



' Bot my name 
borrovvit herin." 

" Pertenis to 
James Bannatyn 


December, 1580. Witnesses, Johne Grahame, Mr Gavvyne Borth- 
wik and John Bannatyne servitours to the said Sir Lues Bellenden. 

Sasine followed thereon in favour of the said George Bannatyne 
the penult day of December, 1580. 

Ane obligation maid to the said George be the said Sir Lues 
Bellenden, and W m Adamsone, as surety for him, for payment of 
said annualrent. Dated 3d December, 1580. Witnesses, Henry 
Nisbet, Johne Grahame and Johne Bannatyne, servitors to the 
said Sir Lues. 

Ane reversion gevin by the said George Bannatyne to the said 
Sir Lues for redemptioun of the said annualrent, " be deliverance to 
me or Katheryne Bannatyne and hir airis off the sovvme of nyne 
hundreth merks, with the byrunis and mailis, gif ony happinis to be 
awin." Dated at Edinburgh, the day of 1580. 

" Memorandum, this said nyne hundred merkis laid upoun the 
said Cannomyllis, appertynis to my said sister Katheryne Banna- 
tyne, relict of umquhile James Bannatyne burges of Edinburgh, 
quhilk silver was ressavit fra Johne Towris of Inverleyth in hir and 
hir sonis name, for the renunciatioun maid be hir, and to be maid 
be hir sone, of the ten aikaris of land q lk the said James hir hus- 
band was infeft into be David Mawchan, for payment to the said 
David of certane sowmes of mony quhilk he and his predecessors 
had layit therupoun in the handis of the lairdis of Inverleyth. The 
quhilkis aickaris the said Johne Towris of Inverleyth has redemit be 
payment of the principale sowme of vj c merks or therby, and be 
satisfeing of the said Katharine of hir kyndnes, lies payit vthir iij c 
merkis, extending to the said sowme of ix c merkis, quhilkis aickaris 
and land my brethir Maister Thomas Bannatyne and Henry Nisbet 


lies obleist thame, be way of contract registrat in the buikis of 
counsale the day of , the 3eir of God j m v c lxxx 3eiris, 

to the said Johne Towns of Inuerleyth, at the resset of the said 
sowme, to cause the said Katherynes airis to remince all tytill had 
be thame in and to the same at his perfyt aige. " And thairfoir 
thay, be the avyce and consultation of freindis, with the consent of 
the said Katheryne lyfrentar therof, lies thocht glide and expedient 
to infeft me in to the annuallrent therof jeirly untill the redemption 
of the same, provyding that the said Katheryne and hir airis intro- 
met and uptak the samyn, and dispone therupoim at hir plesure ; 
quhilk annuallrent extendis 3eirly till fourscoir ten merkis, &c. 

" In witness hereof, I haif subscrivit this my intention and decla- 
ration, with my hand, at Edinburgh, the aucht day of December, the 
3eir of God j m v c and Ixxx seiris, befoir thir witnesses, Maisteris 
James Bannatyne, Patrick Bannatyne my brethir, and Robert Ban- 
natyne also my bruthir, with utheris diA'erse." 

" George Bannatyne, with my hand." 

Ane charter maid be James Guthrie of Bannabicht, with consent 
of Cristiane Barroun his spous, and Mr James Guthrie, his eldest 
sone and aire, to George Bannatyne burges of Edin r , and Issobell 
Mauchan his spouse, of all and haill ane annuallrent of j c merkis 
yeirly, to be upliftit out of the samyn landis of Bannabicht, quhere- 
upon the said George hes given ane reversioun contenand the 
sowme of ane thowsand merkis. Dated 24th May, 1588. 

Sasine followed thereon 22d Oct. 1589. 

Item, ane contract past betuix thame for the yeirly annuall therof, 


Dated 24th May, and the last day of August, 1588, and registered 
in the books of Council, at Edinburgh, the last day of July, 1594. 
" This is dischargit by me, George Faults, to the Laird Kin- 

" The copy of my burgess-schip and gild bruder, &c. &c. 

" At Ed r , the xxvij of October, 1587 3eiris. 

" The quhilk day, in presens of the provost and baillies and 
counsale of the burgh of Ed r , George Bannatyne, sone lawchfull to 
umquhile James Bannatyne wry ttar, burges therof,is maid burges and 
gild bruder of the said burgh, be his said umquhile fader ; and hes 
payit thretty thre s. iiij d. for his dewty, to Mr Michaell Chisholme 
dene of the gild of the said burgh. Extractit furth of the buk of 
dene of gild, be me, M r Alex 1 Guthry, commoun clerk of the said 

Acquittance of M r Peter sung of Seytoun maid to John Camp- 
bell of Ardkiules principall, and George Bannatyne, John Cunning- 
hame, merchandis, and John M'Cure, his sureties for him, for pay- 
ment of v m . merkis at Martimes 1591, quhilk wes satisfeit and payit 
to the said Mr. Petir. Dated xiiij June, 1591 ; recorded in the books 
of Councell, 16th Nov. 1592. 

"Redemit Ane contract maid betwixt James Hamiltoun of Ruchbank, and 
and payit." 

Dame Margaret Dischingtoun of Langherdmestoun, and James Ha- 
milton, the eldest son, and George Bannatyne, anent the alienation 
of an annualrent of two hundred merkis vpoun the reversion of 
two thousand merks to the said George, forth of their lands of 


Linghardmestoun and Curry, and Henry Nisbett, and W' n Hamil- 
ton, and John Gardin Lytstar, as cautioners with thame to the said 
George. Dated 19th and 26th November, 1591- 

Charter by the saidis James, Dame Margaret, and James Hamil- 
ton younger, their son therupon ; of the dait foirsaid. 

Sasine following theron. Dated 26th day of Nov r , 1591. 

Item, ane contract or obligation maid be umquhile Andro Jowssy 
burgess of Edin r , and Sara Himtar his spouse, to George Banna- 
tyne and Issobell Mauchan his spouse, of ane annualrent of ane hun- 
dreth poundis to be payit furth of their twa tenements, the ane ly- 
and in Libbertons wynd, the other lyand at Alex. Bruces closs 
head. Dated 26th May, 1593. Registered in the towns books 2d 
December, 1595 Sasine following theron, 15th June, 1597. 

Retour and service of said Henry Jowssy as heir to his umquile " Quhilk 

retour is 

father William Smaill being baillie, 6th April, 1596. deliverit 

agane to 

Confirmation of said Andro Jowssys testament, 27th February, John Ho " 


1595, contenand that he leives his spous, Sara Huntar, tutrix to his 
haill bairnis ; and in caise of his marriage heireafter, nominatis 
John Howison merchant, burgess of Edinburgh, spous to Margaret 
Jowssy, his brother's daughter, in tutor. 

Note. The writings relative to the two tenements delivered to 
Patrick Moscrop and his wife, 1st July, 1597. 

" The first of Appryle, 1598. 

" I haif registrat ane acquittance of Edward Nesbit my gudsone 
maid to me George Bannatyne, and Isobell Mauchan his moder and 



spous to the said George, of the deliverance of the particulars air- 
schip guidis pertening to the said Edward, and of all and sundry his 
writtis, evidentis, acquittance, contractis and utheris writtis quhat- 
sumever pertenyng to him ; and siclyk, of the sowme of sevin hun- 
dreth ten pounds mony of this realme, and of all manner things he 
may clame of thame. Of the dait, at Edin r , the last day of August 
j" 1 v c fourscoir and twelff yeiris, and registrat in the borovv con- 
tract buk of Edin r the first day of Appryl, the yeir of God j m v c 
fourscore auchteen yeris." 

Nota That E. Nisbett wes borne the 18 day of Appryll, 1571> 
and wes bapteisit the xx day of the same month, and is of perfyt 
age of xxi yeir at the dait foirsaid. 

Ane Acquittance maid be Jonet Bannatyne and John Nisbett his 
spouse, to George Bannatyne, of the sowmes of fyve hundred and 
one hundred merks. Dated 22d February, 1597. Registered in 
the contract book of the burgh, 1st April, 1598. 

" The 22 of December, 1601. 

" Redemit " I and Isobell my spous ressavit seisin conforme to our 

contract of the propertie of the foirland now pertening to Margaret 

Carkettill dochter and air of umquhill George Carkettill of Munk- 
rig with consent of Arch d Hamilton of Beirfurd now her spouse." 

This seisin, gevin be Margret Carkettill and hir spous is redeinit, 
and therfor is deleit and renuncit. 




THE Manuscript Collection of Poems, written by George Banna- 
tyne in the year 1 568, is, as stated in the preceding Memoir, a folio 
volume, 1 containing upwards of 800 pages. That it was compiled 
and written at one or nearly the same period, is evident from a 
careful examination, although a few short poems, which belong to 
the end of the 16th, or early part of the 17th century, have been 
inserted on some blank leaves of the volume. These interpolations 
are pointed out in the following list of contents. 

The care bestowed by Bannatyne in making so extensive a col- 
lection of the remains of our early Makers, and his occasional ad- 
dresses to the reader, seem to denote that it was intended for pub- 
lication. We cannot, however, claim for him the merit of being the 
only or even the earliest collector ; and it is worthy of remark, that 
Sir Richard Maitland of Lethington, when advanced age had ren- 
dered him incapable of taking any active part in public affairs, 

1 The Manuscript recently Las been inlaid, and bound splendidly in two volumes. 


should have amused himself about the same time in a similar oc- 
cupation ; and indeed the task of collecting our popular literature 
may have been attempted by other individuals, although the result 
of their labours has been less fortunate. 

The earliest known collection of miscellaneous Scotish poetry 
worthy of notice, is a volume, in the Auchinleck Library, written 
by JOHN ASLOAN about the year 1515 ; but, unfortunately, only a 
portion of the original volume has been preserved. In this portion, 
however, we find ' the Buke of the Chess,' Henryson's ' Orpheus 
and Eurydice,' ' the Buke of the Howlat' by Holland, ' the Buke of 
the Sevin Sages,' and a fragment of ' the Preistis of Peblis,' besides 
some prose writings, including the valuable contemporary Chro- 
nicle of the reign of James II. of Scotland. From a table of con- 
tents at the beginning of the volume, it appears originally to have 
consisted of 71 articles, 36 of which have been preserved, but par- 
tially mutilated. Among the articles in the portion which is lost, 
were the Bukes ' of Half Coilzear,' ' of Sir Golagrus, and Sir Ga- 
wane,' and ' of Colkelby ;' with ' Mr Robert Hendersone's Doune 
on fut by Forth,' and his ' Fablis of Esope ;' ' the Buke of Curtasy 
and of Nurtur,' ' the Document of Sir Gilbert Hay ;' and various 
other interesting ' bukes' and ' ballatis.' 

The Manuscript of Sir Richard Maitland is confessedly one of 
great importance, without admitting with Pinkerton that it is " the 
chief treasure of ancient Scotish poetry ;" and it is matter of regret 
that it should not have been deposited in a place easier of access for 
literary purposes than the Pepysian Library, in Magdalene College, 
Cambridge. The Manuscript is a small folio of 366 pages, and con- 


tains 176 articles, enumerated by Mr Pinkerton in his two volumes 
of Ancient Scotish Poetry, selected from that Manuscript 2 in the 
year 1786. A very considerable number of the poems (about one- 
third) are common to both collections ; those of most value, pecu- 
liar to the Cambridge Manuscript, being ' Peblis to the Play ;' ' King 
Hart,' by Bishop Douglas ; Dunbar's Tale of the ' Twa Married Wo- 
men and the Wedow ;' ' The Murning Maiden ;' and the original 
Poems by the venerable Collector himself, which are included in 
the publication referred to. 

Another Manuscript which may be here noticed is one less known, 
and of less extent, in consequence of many leaves having been torn 
out of the middle of the volume. It is deposited with Bishop More's 
MSS. in the University Library, Cambridge, and was written by 
one John Ridpath, in the year 1623 ; and is chiefly valuable, as 
containing several poems by Dunbar, not elsewhere preserved ; but 
in other respects it might be considered as a transcript of part of 
Sir Richard Maitland's Manuscript. 

As " Mr Dunbar," and several other of our old poets, are under 
great obligations to Allan Ramsay, who was the first to recom- 
mend them to public notice, we shall here insert some lines by him, 
which are not included in any edition of his works. They were 
intended to have been prefixed to the Evergreen, and are worthy of 
preservation, not so much in regard to any merit which they possess, 

- Appendix, p. 437-467. There is also a 4to MS. dated 1585, in the hand-wri- 
ting of Mary Maitland, daughter of Sir Richard. It consists of 96 pieces, chiefly 
transcripts from the folio MS. of Sir R. Maitland's own poems and of others by 
contemporary poets, during the latter half of the 16th century. 


but as expressing his sentiments respecting the merits of some of 
our early Makers : 


HEIR mighty JAMES the First, the best of Kings, 
Imploys the merry Muse, and smyling sings. 
Grave BALANTYNE, in verse divinely wyse, 
Maliis Vertew triumph owre fals fleechand Vyse. 

And heir DUNBAR does with unbound ingyne, 
In satyre, joke, and in the serious schyne. 
He to best poets skairslie zields in oclit ; 
In language he may fail, but not in thocht. 

Blyth KENNEDIE, contesting for the bays, 
Attackis his freind DUNBAR in comick layis, 
And seims the fittest hand (of ony then) 
Against sae fell a fae to draw his pen. 

Heir LETHINGTON the Statisman courts the Nyne, 
Draps politicks a quhyle, and turns divyne ; 
Sings the Creation, and fair Eden tint, 
And promise made to man, man durst not hint. 

To rouse couragious fyre behald the field, 

Quhair Hardyknute, with lanss, bow, sword and scheild, 

With his braif Sonis, dantit the King of Norss, 

And cleithed the plain with mony a saules cors. 

At Harlaw and Redsquire, the sonis may leir, 

How thair forbeirs were unacquaiut with feir. 

Quhen frae the dumps ze wald zour mind discharge, 
Then tak the air in smiling SEMPLIS Berge : 

5 From a copy printed as a broadside, in double columns, without date. 


Or heir him jyb the carlis did Grissy blame, 

Quhen eild and spyte takis place of zouthheids Flame. 

Licht skirtit lasses, and the girnand wyfe, 

FLEMING and SCOT haif painted to the lyfe. 

SCOT, sweit tungd SCOT, quha sings the Welcum hame 

To MARY, our maist bony Soverane Danie ; 

How lyflie he and amorous STUART sing ! 

Quhen lufe and bewtie bid them spred the wing. 

To mend zour morals, with delyt attend, 
Quhyle HENRYSOX dois guidness recommend ; 
Quhyle Truth throw his transport Fablis scbynes, 
And all the mynd to quhat is just inelynes. 

Amangst these starnis of ane immortal bleis, 
MONTGOMERY'S quatorsimes sail evir pleis ; 
His eisy sangs, his Cherry and the Slae, 
Sail be esteimd quhyle siehs saft lufe betray. 

LINDSAY the Lyon, hardly here is sene, 
But in the third Apartment of the Grene, 1 * 
He sail appeir as on the verdant Stage ; 
He towind the vyces of a corrupt aige. 

Thair Warkis I've publisht, neat, correct, and fair, 
Frae antique rnanuscriptis, with utmost cair. 
Thus to their fame, a monument we raise, 
Quhilk sail endure quhyle Tymis telhl out be days. 

In the following list of the contents of the Manuscript, the first 
line of every poem is printed in Italic letters ; the titles, the number 
of stanzas and lines, and the names of authors when they occur, 
are carefully specified, and references given to works in which they 
have been printed. 

4 Ramsay announced his intention to publish a third and fourth volume of the Evergreen. 


The following abbreviations are used for the works to which most 
frequent reference is made, being those, the editors of which, with 
more or less fidelity, appear to have had immediate recourse to 
Bannatyne's Manuscript, in compiling their several publications : 

Rams. The Ever Green, being a Collection of Scots Poems, wrote 
by the ingenious before 1600. Published by Allan Ram- 
say. Edinburgh, 1724, 2 vols. 12mo. 

Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Published from the MS. of 
George Bannatyne, MDLXVIII. [Edited by Sir David 
Dalrymple, Lord Hailes.] Edinburgh, 1770, 12mo. 

Pink. M. P. Ancient Scotish Poems, never before in print ; 
but now published from the MS. Collections of Sir Rich- 
ard Maitland of Lethington, Knight. [By John Pinker- 
ton.] London, 1786, 2 vols. post 8vo. 

Sibb. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry, from the thirteenth century 
to the union of the Crowns. By John Sibbald. Edin- 
burgh, 1802, 4 vols. 8vo. 

Scott. Poems by Alexander Scott, from a Manuscript written 
[by George Bannatyne] in the year 1568. Edinburgh, 

1821, post 8vo. [This volume was not printed for sale, 
and the impression was limited to one hundred copies for 
private distribution, at the expense of the editor.] 

Select Remains. Select Remains of the Ancient Popular Poetry 
of Scotland. [Edited by David Laing.] Edinburgh, 

1822, small 4to. 

Dunb. The Poems of William Dunbar, and of some of his Con- 
temporaries. 1829- 2 vols. post 8vo. (now in the press.) 

:, A \ ff 

'iwr ctodly 

" Ane most Godlie, mirrie, and lustie Rapsodie maide be sundrie Folio 1. 
learned Scots Poets, and written be George Bannatyne, in 
the tyme of his youth." 

THIS title is written at the left hand corner of the first folio, according to the 
facsimile given on the opposite page. There is prefixed, however, a leaf not num- 
bered, at the head of which is written, " Edin. Nov20 lh , 1712. This book is 
gifted to Mr WILLIAM CARMICHAELL, be me 


On the same page are two introductory stanzas of nine lines, by BANNATYNE, 
describing the order followed in classing, under five heads, the Poems contained in 
the MS. They are entitled, " The Wryttar to the Reidaris," and begin, 

1. "56 reverend redaris tldr workis revolving richt." 

The reader will find them printed at page of the present volume. The 
reverse of the leaf contains seven anonymous lines, beginning, 

" God is a substance for ever durable." 

2. " HEIR begynis the richt excellent, godly, and lernitwerk callit theBennerof I. 

Pietie, compylit be the famous and renowmit poet, Mr Jo. Bellenden, Arche- 
den of Mvrray, concerning the incarnatioun of our Saluiour Chryist." 
" Quhen goldin Phebus movitfra the ram." 

22 stanzas of eight lines, with this colophon," Heir endis the Benner of Pietie, 
compylit be Maister Johine Bellentyne, Archedene of Murray. " 

Duplicate copy, No. 373. 

" And followis the proheme of the cosmographie of the cuntre of Scot- 
land, compylit be the said Mr Johine Bellentyne." 

3. " The proheme of the Croniculs, compylit be the famous and renownit clerk, 4. 

Maister Johine Bellentyne, Archedene of Mvrray, direct to King James the 
Fyift, verry lernit and morale." 
" Qulien silver Diane full ofbemis Iricht." 

40 stanzas of nine lines. " ffinis. Compyld be Maister Johine Bellenden." 
Rams. 1. 31 Sibb. 11. 49. Prefixed also to the editions of Bellenden's transla- 
tion of Hector Boece. 


4. " The prollog of tbe tent bulk of Virgill, compyld be the noble poet Mr. Gawyn Fol. 9. 

Dowglafs, Bischop of Dumkeld : of Godis workis, to be incomprehensible 
be man, wit, or refsone, as for exaple of the Trinitie." 
" He plasmatour ofthingis vniuersall." 

35 stanzas of five lines, ffinis. q. Mr. Gawyne Dowglas. 
Douglas's translation of Virgil, folio, p. 308, &c. 

5. " Ane ballat of the creatiou^ of the warld, man, his fall ami redemptioun, maid 12. 

to the tone of the bankis of Helecon." 
" God be his word his work began." 

14 stanzas of the same measure as the Cherrie and the Slae. 
" ffinis. q. S r Richart Maitland of Lethingtoun, Knycht." 

Rams. 1. 161. Poems of Sir K. ]\Iaitland, (now printing at Glasgow,) 4to. 

C. " The Ixxxiii Psalme of Dauid." 14. 

" God for thy grace, tfioio keip no moir silence" 

7 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

7. " Ffollowis a song of him lying in poynt of deth." 14 b . 
" O Lord my God, sen I am brocht To grit distress." 

32 lines.* Anon. 

Duplicate copy, No. 37 j. 

8. Six anonymous stanzas, of seven lines, beginning, 15. 

" Off all the gude createuris of Goddis creating" 

They are entitled, " The Sawle of man" " The Lyfe in man" " Conscience" 
" Prayar and Repentance" " Fi'aith" and " Ffeir of God." After these 
verses are the following lines : 

" ARISTOTLE. 15 b . 

Bettir it is to dye, The sawlis lyfe to save, 
Than to loiss the sawle, The bodyis lyfe to have. 


It is better to half the sawle garnissid w' vertew, 
Than the body deckid w' purple, gold, or blew. 
Duplicate copy of some of the stanzas, No. 389. 

9. " The first Salme. Beatus vir." 10 h . 
" Happie is hie, hes hold him/re." 

8 stanzas of four lines, ffiuis. q. Alex. Scott. 

Scott's Poems, p. 1. 

* The number of lines contained in the different poems is generally reckoned according as they are 
written in the manuscript. 


10. " The fyifty Pslialme." Fol. 16. 
" Lord God deliuer me, allace." 

1 1 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 
Scott, 2 Duplicate copy, No. S76. 

11. " To tttf, O mercifull Salviour Jesus." 17 b . 

20 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Dunibar. 
Duub. 1. 239 Duplicate copy, No. 377. 

12. " O most heich and eternall king." 20. 

10 stanzas, with this burden, 

" He that will leifmost lerne to dy." ffinis. q. Norvall. 
Duplicate copy, No. 378. 

13. " Christe qui lux es et Dies, 21. 

O Jesu Chryst, the rcrry lie/it." 

7 stanzas of eight lines the first and last lines of each stanza in Latin. Anon. 

Duplicate copy, No. 379. 

14. " O file/it ofhicht, and Held oflicht most cleir." 21 b . 

5 stanzas of five lines. Anon. 

Duplicate copy, No. 380. 

15. " Spair me gud Lord, and mak me clvne." 

6 stanzas of eight lines, the burden of each, 
" Thau parce michi Domiite." Anon. 

Duplicate copy, No. 382. 

16. " Cum Italy Spreit maist sitperne." 

3 stanzas of eight lines, the burden of each, 

" Veni creator Spiritus." Anon. 

Duplicate copy, No. 383. 

17. " 56 sonis of men be mirry and ff laid." 

6 stanzas of eight lines, the burden of each, 
" Laudatc servi Dominion." Anon. 

Duplicate copy, No. 38-t. 

18. " z e lh at contreit benc and confest." 

4 stanzas of eight lines, the burden of each, 

" Letamini Justi in Domino.' Anon. 

Duplicate copy, No. 385. 

19. " Ane prayer for the pest." 

" O cterne God ofjioicer infm>/t." 


11 stanzas of eight lines. After ffinis, (in a different hand,) q. Henrysone. 
Duplicate copy, No. 387. 

20. " The song of the Virgin Mary." Fol. 2 j b . 
" With lawd andprayiss my saule lies magnifeid." 

10 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

Duplicate copy, No. 388. 

Ffollowis ballads of the nativitie of Chryste. 

21. " Now glaidith euery liffis creature." 27. 

5 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

Dunb. 11. 55. 

22. " Rorate cell desuper." ~i~. 

Heuins distill $our balmy schouris. 

7 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Dumhar. 
Hailes, 83 Dunb. ). 236. 

23. " Jerusalem rejoss for joy." 27 b . 

5 stanzas of eight lines, the hurden of each, 
" Illuminare Jerusalem." Anon. 

Dunb. 11. 57. 

2-1. " Haill Goddis Sone of myelitis maist." 28. 

13 stanzas of eight lines, the burden of each alternately, 
" Beatus venter qvi te portauit," 
" Beata vbera que suxisti." Anon. 

25. We that ar bocht w' Chrystis blude." 29. 

13 stanzas of eight lines the hurden of each, 
" Virgo peperit Salualorem" Anon. 

26. " Omnipotent Fader, Sone, and Holy Gaist." 30 b . 
4 stanzas of eight lines the hurden of each, 

" Pro nobis Chrishis homofactus est." 

27. " TJie sterne is rissin of our rcdemptioun" 30''. 

5 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

Dunb. 11.59. 

ffinis nativitatis Dei. Sequitur de eius passione quedeni 


28. " My wofullhairt me stoicndis throw the ranis." Fol. 31. 

10 stanzas of eight lines the burden of each, 

" Benedicta sit Sancta Trinitas." After ifinis (in a different hand) q. Clerk. 
Dunb. 11. ... 

29. " O wondit spreit and saule in till exile" 32. 

16 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

30. " Compacience perssis, rewth and mercy stoundis." 33 b . 
8 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

ffinis. De passione et sequitur de resurrectione. 

31. " Thoiv that hes bene obedient," 34. 

5 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

32. " Surrexit Dominus de sepulchre." 34 b . 
5 stanzas of eight lines, with this burden, 

" Surrexit sicut dixit, Allelue." Anon. 

Dunb. 11. 61. 

33. " Done is a battell on the dragon blah." 35. 
5 stanzas of eight lines, each ending, 

" Surrexit Dominus de sepukhro." ffinis. q. Dunbar. 
Hailes, 85 Dunb. 1. 247. 

Ffollowis exortationis of Chryst to all synnaris to repent 
thaine of the same. 

34. " O man, remember, and prent in to thy tho'." 35 b - 

20 stanzas of eight lines, eacli ending, 

" Amend thy miss this plaig sail pass thefra." ffinis. q. Stewart. 

35. " To the hie potent blissfull Trinitie." 37. 

5 stanzas of eight lines each, ending, 

" A summo celo egressio eius est." Anon. 

36. " O man, vnthanlifull to thy Creator." 37 b . 

6 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

37. " Chryist croivnit king and conquerour" 38 b . 

16 stanzas of eight lines. (Only the first 2 lines of the 9th stanza are found 
in the MS.) Anon. 

Duplicate copy, NO. 380. 


38. " Eternal/ King, that sittis in hcvin so hie." Fol. 39 b . 

4 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

Duplicate copy, (with an additional stanza,) No. 381. 

39. " Quhen be devyne deliberatioun." 39 b . 

7 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 
Duplicate copy, No. 374. 

40. " O Lord my God, on qultome I do depend.' 41. 

5 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

41. " O creaturis creat of me $our Creator.'' 41 b . 

12 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Ledgait, Monk of Bery. 
Duplicate copy, No. 391. 

Heir endis the First Pairt of this Biike, contenaiid ballads of 43. 

Followis the Secound Pairt of this Buk, conteneand verry sin- 43^. 
gular Ballatis, full of wisdome and moralitie, &c. 

Tu vircndo bonos, scribendo sequare peritos. 

On the same page are 7 lines on " Wit," beginning, 44. 

" The grittest tresour w'otvt comparison." Anon. 

42. " Furth throw aneforrest as I fure." 44. 

15 stanzas of eight lines, the burden of each, 
" In alkin materis mesur iM." Anon. 
Duplicate copy, No. 390. 

43. The Prollog of the Nynt Buk of Virgell. In comendatioun of Vertew. 45. 

" Tliir lusty versis of he nobilite" 
3 stanzas of six lines, ffinis. q. Gawyn Dowglas. 
Douglas's Translation of Virgil, folio, p. 271, &c. 

44. " QuhyJome in Grecc, that nobill rcgioun." 45''. 

9 stanzas of seven linos, ffinis. q. Chawseir. 
Duplicate copy, No. 392. 

45. " Allone as I went up and doun." 4i;\ 

7 stanzas of eight lines, the burden of each, 

" Obey and thank thy God of all." ffinis. q. Mr Ro* Henrysonc. 
Hailes, 10j Sibli. i. 183 Duplicat,- copy, No. 393. 


46. " Memento homo quod cinis es." Fol. 47. 

6 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 
Hailes, 94 Dunb. 1. 249. 

47. " O mortall man, remembir nycht ami day." 48. 

6 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Lichtoun Monicus. 
Duiib. 11. ... 

48. " Off lentron in the first mornyny," 48b. 

10 stanzas of four lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 
Hailes, 87 Dunb. 1. 209. 

49. " Doun by anc rever as I red." 48''. 

10 stanzas of eight lines, the burden of each, 
" Do for thy self qultill tlww art heir." Anon. 
Duiib. 11. 51. Duplicate copy, No. 39.3. 

50. " C'onsidder man all is lot vanitie." 50. 

8 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 
Duplicate copy, No. 396. 

51. " Letters of gold writtin I fund" 5l) b . 

17 stanzas of eight Hues, ffinis. q. \V Broun. 

Dunb. 11. ... Duplicate copy, No. 397. 

52. " At matyne home in midis of the nicht." 52 b . 

5 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Kennedy. 

Hailes, 189 Sibb. 1. 305 Dunb. 11. .. Duplicate copy, No. 398. 

53. " Walking allone among thir lecis grene." 53. 

18 stanzas of seven lines, the burden of each, 

" To mend our lyfe, and restoir wrangus geir." Anon. 
Duplicate copy, No. 399. 

54. " The reasoning betuix aige and 5owth." 55. 

" Quhenfair Flora the Codes of the Flowris." 

9 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Mr. Robert Hendersone. 
Hailes, 131 Sibb. 1. 186 Duplicate copy, No. tOO. 

55. " The reasoning betuix deth and man." 56. 

" O mortall man behold tah tent to me." 

6 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Hendersone. 
Hailes, 134- Duplicate copy. No. 401. 


56. " Within ane garth, vndir a reid roseir." Fol. 57. 

4 stanzas of eight lines ; the burden of each, .. 

" Tfte moir of aige tko nerrir her ins blisse." ffinis. q. Hendersone. 
Ilailes, 107. Pinkerton's Scottish Poems, 1702, (from copy printed by Chep- 
man,) 111. 128 Duplicate copy, No. 402. 

57. " Followis the thre deid powis." 57 b . 

" O sinf/ill man in to this mortal! se." 

8 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Patrick Johnstonn. 
Hailes, 139 Sibb. 1. 191 Dunb. 11. ... 

58. " Sen throw vertew incressis dignitie" 58 b . 

3 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

In Godly and Spiritual Songs, &c. (attributed to James the First ) Duplicate 
copy, No. 394. 

Followis certaine ballads aganis the vyce in Sessioun, Court, 
and all Estaitis. 

59. " Ane murlandis man ofvplandis mak." 59. 

8 stanzas of seven lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 

Rams. 1. 98 Hailes, 40 Sibb. 1. 247 Duub. 1. 102. 

GO. " Devorit with drone, devysing in my shimmer" 60. 

16 stanzas of five lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 

Rams. 1. 102 Hailes, 42 Sibb. 1. 374 Dunb. 11. (in Sir R. Maitland's 

MS., attributed to Sir James Inglis.) Duplicate copy, Xo. 407. 

61. " Off every asking follou-is twcht." 01. 

9 stanzas of five lines, " Off asking." [by Dunbar.] 

Rams. II. 82 Hailes, 46 Dunb. 1. 165 Duplicate copy, X 401 

Ffollowis discretioun of geving. 

62. " To speik of gift or atmouss deid." 61 b . 

12 stanzas of five lines, of " Discretioun in giving." [by Dunbar.T 
Rams. 11. 84. Hailes, 48 Dunb. 1. 167 Duplicate copy, No. 405. 

Ffollowis discretioun in taking. 

63. " Eftir geving I speik of taking." 

8 stanzas of five lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 

Rams. 1. 87 Hailes, 51 Sibb. 11. 8 Dunb. 1. 170. 


64. Musing cdlone this hinavi^ nicht" Fol. 63 b . 


10 stanzas of five lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 

Rams. 11. 90 Ilailes, 62 Sibb. 11. 2 Dunb. 1. 181. 

65. " Sons ties bene ay exilit owt of sic/it." 64. 

5 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

Rams. 11. 93 Hailes, 142 Sibb. 11. 27 [Ramsay adds the name of Clerk 
to this poem, without any authority from the MS. ; and it is not improbable 
that the same name was interpolated by him in one or two places of the Manu- 
script itself.] 

66. " Fredome, honour, and nobilnes." 64 b . 

11 stanzas of four lines. Anon. [By Dunbar.] 
Rams. II. 95 Ilailes, 168 Sibb. 11. 17 Dunb. 1. 175. 

67. " My mynd quhen I compos and cast." 65. 

8 stanzas of five lines. Anon. 

Ilailes, 161 Sibb. 11. 46 Duplicate copy, No. 403. 

68. " How sowld I reivill me, or quhat wyiss" 65 . 

9 stanzas of five lines. ffinis. q. Dumbar. 

Hailes, 60 Sibb. 11. 4 Dunb. 1. 184. 

69. " Foure mener of men ar evill to ken." 66 b . 

6 stanzas of four lines. Anon. [By Dunbar.] 

Hailes, 167 Sibb. 111. 224 Dunb. 1. 173 Duplicate copy, No. 406. 

70. " Sumtyme this world so steidfast was and stabill." 67. 

5 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

Pink. M. P. 11. 271. [The Editor erroneously supposed it to have been address- 
ed, " To King James VI." In Chaucer's Works, Urry's edition, p. 547, it is 
printed as the conclusion of a Moral Ballad by Scogan.] 

71. " Fals titlaris note groins vpfull rank." 67 1 ". 

7 stanzas of eight lines. ftinis. q. Mr. Robert Hendersone. 

Hailes, 1.36. 

73. " To dwell in court my freind gif that thow list." 68. 

6 stanzas of eight lines. ffinis. q. Dumbar. 

Hailes, 96 Dmib. 1. 179. 

73. " In to this warld we so sic variance." 69. 

6 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

74. "Man ofmaistfragilitie." 691i - 

6 stanzas of ei<<ht lines. Anon. 


75. " In bittirncs ofsawill call vnto mynd." Fol. 70' 1 . 

5 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

76. " Moving in mynd of many diuerss tiling" 71. 

3 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

77. " Certane preceptis of gud counsale." 71 b . 

" Tak heid and harkin to my taill." 40 lines. Anon. 

Ffollow preceptis of medecyne. 

78. " Qufia icald tltair bodyis hold in hcill." 84 lines. Anon. 72. 

79. " For helth of body colter twill thy heid." 73. 

10 stanzas of 8 lines. Anon. [By Lydgate.] 


80. " In grit tribulationn / and mchle vcxatioun." 16 lines. 74. 

81. Serve thy God mcikly / mid the u-arld besely." 4 lines. 

82. " Grand the in patience / Hind not thy conscience." 4 lines. 

83. " Mcikncs and mesure / lawte and lau'bur." 12 lines. 

84. " /;/ u-arld is no* / be natur wro* / that ay man left." 4 lines. 

85. " Remembir, man, on cndles hellis vexatioun." 6 lines. 

86. " Remembir, man, that thaw hes no thing heir" 6 lines. 

87. " Tlty beginning is bair and bitternes" 7 lines. 

88. " This warldisjoy is only botfantesy." 8 lines. 

89. " Dissait dissauis and salbe dissauit." 7 lines. 

90. " Quito u-uld do weill / he mon begin at n-cill" 7 lines. ?,">. 

91. " Quho will be gud / he may be gud, ifyc." 6 lines. 

92. " Befoir the tyme is wisdome to prowyd." 14 lines. 

93. " Remembir riches, reme/nbirpouertie." 9 lines. 

94. " Leifhtve my luve no langar it lyft." 8 lines. 

95. " Vohiptouss li/fe, quhij thinhis thoiv so sueit." 8 lines. 75 b . 

96. " Quhat is this lyfe / cine drancht icay to the deid." 7 lines. 

97. " Rtf as jiouertie caussis sobirnes." 8 lines. 

98. " Now quhen one wreche is sett to he estait." 7 lines. 

99. " Better it is to suffer fortoun and abi/d." 12 lines. 

100. " Dred no 1 / that is no 1 / compel! wo' / that irald no'." 4 lines. 

101. ' ; Kiti/'tix full of hardiiies / clcrhis full of science." 4 lines. 

102. " Call no' the manfals and unJtynd." 12 lines. 76. 

103. " He that llnj freiml hes bene rye/it long." 4 lines. 

104. " Be Jsynd to thame that luvand is to the." 1 lines. 


105 " Me think thair suld no taitt be troicit." 8 lines. 

1 06. " Bruther be wyse in to zour goiternance" 8 lines. 

107. " Justice wold half ane godly presedent. 7 lines. 

108. " Grit fide is he that put/is in denger." 7 lines. Fol. 76 b . 

109. " Sen that revolt rynnis vpoun rege." 8 lines. 

110. " Quha wilbc ricfie half & to Jtono r aye." 7 lines. 
No. 95. Dunb. 11. . No. 96. Dunb. 1. 235. 

111. " O wretchit man full of iniquitie." 76 b . 

16 stanzas of 7 lines each. Anon. 

112. " Me meruellis of this grit confusioun" 78. 

9 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

Pinkerton's Scotish Poems, 1792, (from printed copy by Chepmau,) 111, 153. 

1 13. " We lordis hes chosin a cliiftane meruellus," 78 b . 

5 stanzas of 8 lines. Anon. 

Dunb. 11. 47. 

114. " TJiingis in hynd desyris thingis lyke." 79. 

8 stanzas of 8 lines the burden of each stanza 
" It may weill ryme, lot it accordis nocht" 

Pinkerton's Scotish Poems, 1792, (from printed copy by Chepman,) 111, 121. 
Sibb. 1. 153. 

115. " All rychtouss thing the quhilk dots now proceid." 79 b . 

6 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

Hailes, 165 Sibb. 111. 221. 

1 16. " Oft ti/mes is bettir hold nor len." 80. 

6 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

Sibb. 111. 225. 

117. This world is all hot fenzeit fair." 80 b . 

8 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

Rams. 1. 265 Hailes, 18-1 Sibb. 111. 319. [Omitting the last stanza.] 

118. " I saw ane rob rich of hew." 81 b . 

7 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

119. " O God t/int in tyme all things did begin." 82. 

13 ot'e'glit lines. Anon. 

120. " Sci;/ it-fill is ticicly ane wirthy gud thing" 83. 


121. " To gyd the tongue. Imprent thir tfire in thy remmembrance." Fol. 83 b . 

13 lines. Anon. 

122. " Sustene / absttne / Imp weill in thy mynd" 83. 

5 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

123. " Qufiome to sail I complene my wo." 84. 

17 stanzas of five lines. ffinis. q. Dumbar. 
Hailes, 70 Sibb. 11. 14 Dunb. 1. 195. 

124. " Certaine wyiss sentences drawin furtli of the buik callit Morall Pliilosafie. 85. 

These are of ' Vertew,' ' Wisdome,' ' Pacience,' and ' Liheralitie.' " 
" Vertew in all workis is ffritly to le praysed." 
4 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

[The verses on the reverse of fol. 1, and 43, as well as No. 8, were 
probably ' drawin furth' of the same ' buik.'] 

125. " Certane sayingis of wyiss Philosapheris." 85 b . 

" Gije tliat in rcrtcw thow tak ony paine" 

In all 28 lines, in the names of Musonius, Plato, Solon, Socrates, and 


126. " Be gratioits ground and gate of sapience." 86. 

13 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

127. " Be rychtutis Regent, and wele exerce thy cure." 86 b . 

8 stanzas of eight lines. " Contra septem peccata mortalia." Anon. 

128. " Be gouernour bait/i guid and gratious.'' 87 b . 

5 stanzas of eight lines. ffinis. q. Henrye Stewart. 

129. " This /tinder ny' neir by the hour oftiyne." 87 b . 

11 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

In Maitlund's MS. this poem is attributed to William Stewart. 

130. " Precellcnd Prince havatid prerogatyuc." 88 b . 

7 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Stewart. 

Rams. 1. 150 Ilailes, 148 Sibb. 11. 38. [Ramsay ascribes this poem to 

" Hen. Stewart," in the MS. it appears to be " VV. Stewart."] 

131. " Suppoiss I war in court most he." 89. 

3 stanzas of twelve lines. Anon. 

132." Quhcn docfouris prechit to win the goy eternal 1." 89 b . 

3 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

Rams. 1. 159. [lie attributes this poem, without any authority, to one of the Stewarts. 


133. Ane New geir Gift to tbe Quene Mary quhen scho come first Lame, 1562." Fol. 90. 

" Welciim illitstrat Ladye, and oure Quene." 

28 stanzas of eight lines. " Send be thy sempill seruand, Sanderis Scott." 
Rams. 11. 1 Hailes, 19 1 Sibb. 111. 117 Scott, p. 5. 

134. " The richtouss fontane of hailfidl sapience" 92. 

12 stanzas of eight lines. ffinis. q. Mr Alex'. Kid. 

135. "Jem Clmjst that deit on tre." 03. 

8 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 
Dunb. 11. 42. 

136. " Now is our king in tendir aige." 93 1 '. 

4 stanzas of thirteen lines. Anon. 

Rams. 1. 231. Hailes, 14-4. Sibb. 11. 31. [Ramsay, without any authority, 
affixes the name of Kennedy to this poem.] 

137. " Rolling in my remembrance" 94. 

10 stanzas of five lines. Anon. 
Hailes, 163 Sibb. 11. 42. 

133. " Schir, zit remember as ofbefoir." 9<l b . 

17 stanzas of five lines ; the burden of each, 

" Excess of tliochl dois me miscfieif." ffinis. q. Dunibar. 
Hailes, Gl Dunh. 1. 161. 

139. "Lerges, lerges, lerges ay, / Lerges of this New Zeirday." 95''. 
" First lerges tlie king my cheife" 

10 stanzas of five lines, ffinis. q. Stewart. 
Rams. 11. 38 Hailes, 151 Sibb. 11. 40. 

140. " Sir, sen of men, ar diuerss sort is." 96. 

10 stanzas of five lines, ffinis. q. Stewart to the Kingis grace. 
Hailes, 146 Sibb. II. 35. 

Heir endis the Second Parte of this Buke. 07. 

On the same page are some verses inserted at a later period, viz. 
(1.) " Sould I wrestfe in dispair; die because a icomans fair.'' 

12 lines, in three stanzas. 

(2.) " Sail a womans goodness move/ Me to periscJie for hir love." 
8 lines, in two stanzas. 

A note in Bishop Percy's hand-writing says, " This is very modern, being a song of 
George Withers's, put into Scoti&h idiom." 


Heir begynnys the Thricl Pairt of this Buik, contenand Ballettis Fol. 97- 
mirry and vther solatius cosaittis. Set furth be diners 
ancient Poyettis, 1568. 

On tbe reverse of the leaf is written, 97 b . 

HERMES the Philosopher. 
Be mirry and glaiil, honest and vertewous, 
For that suffisis to anger tlie invyous. 

141. " Be mirry man, and tak no* far in mynd" 98. 

5 stanzas of eight lines. ffiuis. q. Dumbar. 

Hailes, 54 Dui.b. 1. 193. 

142. " Full oft I muss, and lies in tf/o'." 98 b . 

8 stanzas of five lines. ffinis. q. Dunihar. 

Hailes, 58 Dunb. 1. 187. 

143. Chrystis Kirk on the Grene. 99. 

" Was nei-ir in Scotland hard nor senc." 

22 stanzas of ten lines. ffinis. q. King James the First. 

Rams. 1. 1. Sibb. 11.350; and in a variety of other publications. (See 
tlie fac simile of the last stanza, on the leaf facing page 49.) 

1-14. " Quha dotittis dremis is bot phanfasye," 101. 

90 lines. Explicit. q. Lichtoun monicus. 

Early Metrical Tales, &c. Edin. 1826. 12mo, p. 213. 

145. " The Dregy of Dubar, maid to King James the Fyift, being in Striuilling." 102. 

" We tltat ar heir in herinis fffory." 111 lines, with this colophon, 
Heir enilis Dnnbaris Dergy to the King / Bydand too lang in Stirling. 
Rams. 11. 4-1 Sibh. 1. 234 Dunb. 1. 86. 

146. "/ secreit place tJtis Jiindir nycht" 103 b . 

9 stanzas of seven lines, ffinis. q. Clerk. [Probably in a modem hand. 

See note to No. 65. In other MSS. the poem is attributed to Dunbar.] 
Rams. 11. 18. Sibb. 1. 370. Dunb. 11.27. 

147. " Heir followis the cursing of Sir Johne Rowlis, 104 b . 

Vpoun tin 1 stfluris of his fowlis." 
" Dcri/nr power of michtis maist." 
i(rj I iii-s. ffinis. q. Rowll. 

Si-l-i-t Remains, &c. (No. 9.) Dunb. 11. ... 


148. " Qulty son-Id no 1 allane honorific." Fol. 107. 

12 stanzas of five lines, ffinis. q. Allane Matsonis Suddartis. 
[This poem on Ale has been erroneously attributed to Allan Watson, 
in Pinkerton's List of the Scotish Poets.] 

U. Jarnieson's Popular BaUads, 11. 231 Select Remains, &c. (No. 18.) 

A leaf of the Manuscript appears to be wanting in this place. 

149. " I that in heill ices and glaidncss." 109. 

25 stanzas of four lines ; the burden of each, 

" Timor mortis conturlat me." ffinis. q. Dumbar. 

Rams. 1. 129 [He omits the first stanza, and adds three others at the end, as 

a Postscript to the poem.] Hailes, 74. Sibb. 1. 325. Dujih. 1. 211. 

150. " The Dance. Off' Febrnar, thefyiftene nycht." 110. 

11 stanzas of twelve lines, (the 3d and 9th have only six lines.) 
Rams. 1. 240 Hailes, 27 Sibb. 1. 282 Dunb. 1. 49. 

151. " Nixt that a tunwment wes cryid." 

9 stanzas of twelve lines, with this colophon, 

Heir endis the Sowtar and Tailzouris war, 
Maid be the nobill poyet, Mr. W m . Dumbar. 
Hams. 1. 247 Dunb. 1. 54. 

152. Followis the amendis maid be him to the Telzouris and Sowtaris, for the Tur- 

nament maid on thame. 
" Beluix (well ftouris and ellevin." 

10 stanzas of four lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 
Rams. 1. 253 Dunb. 1. 59. 

153. " Imcik it kend he that will spend." 113. 

4 stanzas of eleven lines, ffinis. q. Johne Blyth. 

Rams. 1. 268 Hailes, 182 Ritson's Scotish Songs, 1794, 1. 261. 

154. " Sanct Sfihta/our send silver sorrow." 113 b . 

7 stanzas of five lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar to the King. 
Hailes, 08 Sibb. 1. 280 Dunh. 1. 157. 

155. " Listis lordis, I sail zoiv tell." 1 !* 

95 lines. Explicit. Anon. 

Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, I. clx Select Remains, (No. 16.) 

156. " Followis how Dunbar wes desyrd to be an freir." 115. 
" This nycht Icfoir the dan-ing cleir." 


10 stanzas of five lines, [ffinis.] q. Dumbar. 
Hailcs, 2o Sibb. 1. 240 Dunb. 1. 28. 

156*. " Full oft I muse and hes in thoc/it." Fol. 1 15 b . 

The first nine lines of a poem by Dunbar, but scored out. See No. 1 42. 

157. " He that hes gold and grit richcss." 1 15''. 

5 stanzas of five lines. Qffinis.] q. Dumbar. 

Rams. 1. 204. Hailes, 53. Sibb. 1. 315 Dunb. 1. 107. 

158. " Followis the wowing of the King, quhen he wes in Dumfermeling." 110. 

" This Itindirnycht in Dumfermeling." 

10 stanzas of seven lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 
Rams. 1. 200 Sibb. 1. 244 Dunb. 1. 83. 

159. " Anc ballat of the Fen5eit Freir of Tungland, 1 17. 

How he fell in the myre fleaml to Turkland." 
" As $ung Awrora with cristall haile." 
16 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 
Rams. 1. 91 Hailes, 191. Sibb. 1. 305 Dunb. 1. 39. 

160. " Ane littell Interlud of the droichis part of the Play." 118 b . 

" Hiry, Hurt/ Hubbilschow" 

17 stanzas of eight lines. Anon, ffinis. Off the droichis part of the play. 
Rams. 1. 258 Hailes, 173 Sibb. 11. 350 Select Remains, (No. 15.) 

161. " The Wyf of Auchtirmwchty." 120. 

" In Amhtirmwchty thair dwelt ane man." 

15 stanzas of eight lines. ffinis. q. Mofat. [in a different hand.] 

Rams. 1. 137. [with considerable alterations.] Hailes, 215. Select Remains, 
(No. 20.) and in many otber publications. 

162. "A ^ung man chiftane witles," $c. 12 lines. Anon. 122. 

Rams. 1. 107. (in part.) 

163. The slicht remeid of Luve." 122. 

" Luvaris lot be thefrennessy of Luve." 
7 stanzas of eight lines. ffinis. q. Alex Scott. 

Scott, p. 13. 

164. " Followis the Ballat maid vpoun Margret Fleming, callit the Flemyng bark in 123. 


" I half a lit/ill Fleming barge" 
8 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Sempill. 
Rams. 1.67 Sibb. 111. 445. 


165. " Heir followis the defence of Crissell Sandelandis, Fol. 124. 

For vsing hirself contrair the Ten Commandis ; 
Being in ward for playing of the loun 
With every ane list git" liir half a croun." 
" Pernitious pcph, perciall in despyte." 

14 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Semple. 
Rams. 1. 71. 

166. " Followis the Ballat maid be Robert Semple, of Jonet Reid, Ane Violet, and 125 b 

Ane Quhyt. Being slicht wemen of lyf and conversation!!, and tavernaris." 
" Off cullouris cleir, qu/ta [ykis to weir." 
13 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. R. Semple. 
Ranis. 1. 170 Sibb. 111. -141. 

167. " Ffollowis of a wenche with chykl." 127. 

" Be chance lot ei-iii thin rthir day." 

10 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Ane Inglisman. 

168. " Ane ballat maid to the derisioun and scorne of wantoun wemen." 128. 

" ge lusty ladyis hike." 
13 stanzas of eight lines, ffiuis. q. Scott. 
Rams. 1. 123 Sibb. 111. 119 Scott, 23. 

169. " Ffollowis the justing and debait vp at the Drum, 130. 
Betuix Wil. Adamsone and Joliine Sym." 

" The grit del/ait and tournament" 
21 stanzas of nine lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 
Rams. 11. 175 Sibb. 111. 137 Scott,17. 

170. " Thus I propone in my carpi iir/." 132. 

7 stanzas of four lines, ffinis. Anon. 

(The first five stanzas in) Pink. !H. P. I. 211 Dunb. 11. 39. 

171. " TJtis nycht in my sfeij) I ices ayast." 132 b 

17 stanzas of five lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 

Rams. 1. 171. Hailes, 31 Sibb. 1. 290 Dunb. 1. 45. 

172. " Lurytia scliynning in silence of the nic/it." 133. 

10 stanzas of five lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. (On the margin is written 
" Ane vther ballat following vpoun this same Abbot [of Tungland] in 
the 117 leif." 

Hailes, 23 Sibb. 1. 313 Dunb. 1. 30. 



173. " All to lufe, and nocht tofenzie." 72 lines. Anon. Fol. 134. 

174. " Many man makis ryme and lukis to no reasotin." 71 lines. Anon. 134 b . 

175. " My guddame wes one gay wyfe, hot scho wes rycht gend." 135 b . 

3 stanzas of thirteen lines. Anon. 

Pinkerton's Scotish Poems, 1792, (from printed copy by Chepman,) 111. 141. 
Dunb. 11. 37. 

176. " Man, sen thy lyfe is ay in weir" 136. 

10 stanzas of four lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 

Rams. 1. G4 Hailes, 56 Sibb. 1. 342 Dunb. 1. 191. 

177. " In Tiberius tyme the trew imperiour." 136 b . 

3 stanzas of twelve lines. Anon. 

Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, 11. 171. Select Remains, &c. (No. 14-.) 

178. " Rycht airlie on Ask Weddinsday." 137. 

6 stanzas of five lines, ffinis. q. Dunbar. 

Pink. M. P. 1. 113 Sibb. 1. 232 Duiib. 1. 81. 

179. " Robeyns Jok come to wow our Jynny." 137. 

10 stanzas of eight lines. [The signature, q. Clerk, has been affixed to this 
poem in the MS., probably in a modern hand, and afterwards partially 

erased. 3 

Hailes, 158 Sibb. 111. 230 Ritson's Scotish Songs, 1794, 1. 192. Select 
Remains, &c. (No. 21.); and frequently elsewhere, with alterations, as in 
Allan Ramsay's Tea Table Miscellany. 

180. " gallandis all, I cry and call." 138. 

28 stanzas of four lines, ffinis. q. Balnevis. 
Rams. 11. 197 Sibb. 111. 181. 

181. " The flytting hetuix the Sowtar and the Tailzour." 139 b . 

(1.) " Tliow leiss, loan, thow leiss." 3 stanzas of eight lines. 
Rams. 1. 118. 

(2.) " Ffals clatterand kensy, kitkald finaif." 5 stanzas of eight lines. 

Rams. 1. 120. 
(3.) " To the Sowtar. TJwu leiss, loun, be this lie/it." 

7 stanzas and a half of eight lines. 

(4.) " Tlwu leiss loun, be this lie/it." 140. 

6 stanzas of eight lines, with twelve additional lines, ffinis. q. Stewart. 
" Answer to this foireaid in folio 144," (No. 188.) 


182. " In Somer quhenjlouris will smell." Fol. 141. 

12 stanzas of six lines. Anon. 

Sil.b. 111. 203. 

183. " Sum practysis of medecyne." 141''. 

" Guk, gitft, giidday, Sir, gaip qiilidl :c get it" 

7 stanzas of thirteen lines, ffinis. q. Mr. Ro l . Henrysoue. 

184. " Sym of Lyntoun be the ramis horn." 48 lines. Anon. 142 b> 

Select Remains, &c. (No. 13.) 

185. " / met my lady iveill arrayit." 143. 

9 stanzas of five lines. Anon. 

186. " I saw, me thocht, tltis Idiulir nyclit." 143 b . 

7 stanzas of five lines. Anon. 

Sibb. 111. 201. 

187. " Rychtfane ivald I my qmntans mak." 144. 

7 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

Rams. 1. 27 Ilailes, 1J3 Sibb. 111. 227. 

188. " The Sowtar inveyaml aganis tlie Talzeour say is :" 144 b - 

(5.) " Quhen I come by zone teheouris stall." 4 lines. Anon. 
(6.) " Ane vder Bcttnx twafoxis a mutiny cok." 6 lines. Anon. 
(7.) " Ansuer Ffoxcs urfcll at crawing cokkis." 4 lines. Anon. 

Rams. I. 122 These verses are probably by Stewart, and form part of the Fly- 
tings of the Sowtar and Tailzeour. See No. 181. 

189. " He that hes na will to ivlrk." 8 lines. Anon. 145. 

Pink. M. P. 1. 20k 

190. " And tliou Ic drmikin thow suld nocht think." 4 lines. Anon. 145. 

191. " Tfiair wes erne channone in this toiui." 5 lines. Anon. 145. 

192. " Quha hcs gnd malt, and inakis ill dri,ik." 145. 

2 stanzas of eleven lines. This is an anonymous poem, under the assumed 
name of " q. Allanis subdert." See No. 148. 
Early Metrical Tales, &c. Edin. 1826, 12mo, p. Ixi. Dunb. 11. 39. 

193. " Followis Sym and his brudir." " Thair is no story thai I of heir." 145''. 

15 stanzas of nine lines. Anon. [There appears to have been some 
author's name added in the MS. but it is effaced.] 
Select Remains, &c. (No. 17.) (Extracts from) Sibb. 1. 360 


194. If that Iffife I/uiif, I If that I kn I cm!/." Fol> 147 . 

24 lines. " ffinis. q. quliay to quhome." 
(In part) Rams. 1. 107. 

195. " The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie, 147 
Heir efter followis, jocound and mirrie." 

" Sir Johne the Ross, one thing thair is compild." 

In all 69 stanzas of eight lines. Ends on folio 154, with the lines, 
Quod Kennedy to Dmnbar, 
Juge 36 now heir qitha gat the war. 
Rams. 11. 47 (Extracts from) Sibb. 1. 351 Duiib. 11. 63. 

196. " / maister Andro Kennedy" J54 

14 stanzas of eight lines, (the last stanza has 12 lines) with this colophon, 
" Heir endis the Tesment of Mr. Andro Kennedy, 
Maid be Durabar, quhen he wes lyk to dy." 

Rams. 11. 70 HaUes, 35 Sibb. 1. 296 Dunb. 1. 137. 

197. " wes nevir gone." 48 lines. Anon. 1555, 

198. " Of May May is the moncth maist awene." l,56 b , 

14 stanzas of five lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 
Rams. 11. 180 Sibb. 111. 161. Scott, 27. 

199. " The nyne Ordour of Knavis / Thair vse and thair feir, 157" 
In mynd quha thame havis / Lo heir thame heir." 

" Troll trottes on befoir and tahis no liciil." 

In all 98 lines, in 9 irregular stanzas. Anon. 

200. " Epigrammis of Mr. Haywod." 159 

(1.) " One blindman to supper am vdcr bad." 8 lines. 

(2.) " Jane / q. James, to ane schort demand ofmyns." 14 lines. 

(3.) " A rewlar thair was in cuntre afar." 12 lines. 

(4.) " Twenty clyantis to one man of law." 16 lines. 

(5.) " Inpresone apresoner condempnit to die." 8 lines. 

ffinis. q. Mr. Haywod. 

Other verses by .Tc.liu Heywood, copied probably from the edition of his Poems 
printed at London, 1562, 4to, follow the next article. 

201. " Be mirry, brethcrene, ane and all." ]gO. 

12 stanzas of eight lines. Explicit, q. Flemyng. 

Rams. 1. 51 Hailes, 178 Ritson's Scotish Songs, 1. 250 Sibb. 111. *I2. 


202. (6.) " A number of rattis mistaken for a number of diuellis." Fol. 161. 

" A biff bruc/it manfering a deir zier to cum." 39 lines, ffinis. q. Mr. Haywoil. 

(7.) " Jak and his father." " JaL; quoth Jus fader, how sail I eiss tak." 

7 lines. Ends " Sen all thais eiss no best :e hang a while." " ffinis idem." 
Rams. 11. 2-23. 

(8.) " Of one askin for scheip at maidynis." 

" Come thair any sclieip this way, zow scheipisch maidis ? Nay ; 
Sot evin as ze come thair come a calf this way." ffinis. q. Ilaywod. 
See Note to No. 203. 

203. " Ane discriptioun of Peder Cofieis having na regaird till honestie in thair 162. 

vocatioun." " It is my purpoiss to discryve." 

9 stanzas of eight lines, films, (in a different hand) q. Linsdsay. 
Rams. 11. 219 Hailes, 170 Sibb. 111. 216 Select Remains, &c. (No. 19.) 

204. " How the first Heland man of God was maid," &c. 162 b . 

" God and Sanct Petir was gangand be. the way." 22 lines. Anon. 
Sibb. 111. 396. 

[The next two articles are in a different hand from the rest of the MS. and 
were probably inserted about the close of the 16th century. The same 
remark may, perhaps, be applicable to Nos. 160. and 161. J 

205. " Ane ansueir to ane Ileland mauis invective. Maid be AIex r . Montgomry." 16:3. 

" Fyndkty M c Connoquhy,fuf M'Fadzan" 13 lines, q. Montguairnary. 
Montgomery's Poems, 8vo, 1821. p. 166. 

206. "Ane Ansueir to ane Ingliss railar praysing his awin genalogy." 163. 

" Ze Inylische hursone sumtyme will avant." H lines. 
Montgomery's Poems, 8vo, 1821, p. 165. 

207. " Heir begynis the Proclamatioun of the Play, maid be Dauid Lynsayis of the 164. 

Month, kniclit, in the Playfield, in the moneth of , the 5eir of God 

155 jeiris." 
" Richt famous pcpill zc sail vndirstaitd." 

[This Introductory Interlude, which commences with the " Proclamatioun maid 
in Cowpar of Fyffe," is not contained in the old edition of the Play, printed 
at Edinburgh by Robert Charteris, 1602, 4to, under the title of " Aue Satyre 
of the Three Estaitis." The nature of its local allusions, and not its indecency, 
may have occasioned its omission when the Play was subsequently exhibited 


at Edinburgh, in 1554. Mr. Chalmers, in his edition of Lyndsay's Works, 
Las rejected this Interlude, but on insufficient grounds, as not being the com- 
position of his author.] 

After the Proclamation and first Interlude is written, " Heir begynnis Schir Fol. 1G8. 
Dauid Lyndsay^is] Play maid in the Grenesyd besyd Edinburgh, quhilk I 
[half] writtin bot schortly be Interludis, levand the grave mater therof, bc- 
caws the samyne abuse is weill reformit in Scotland, praysit be God ; quhair- 
throw I omittit that principall mater, and writtin only Sertane rnirry Inter- 
ludis thairof, verry plesand, begynning at the first part of the play." 
In another part (fol. 177.) he writes, " Heir followis certane mirry and sportsum 
Interludis, contenit in the play rnaid he Schir Dauid Lindsay of the Month, 
Knycbt, in the Playfeild of Edinbur 1 , to the mocking of abusionis usit in 
the cuntre be diverse sortis of Estait." And, at the beginning of another In- 
terlude, (fol. 196 b .) " I tak heir bot certane schort pairtis out of the speiches, 
becaus of long process of the Play." 

" Heir endis the schort interludis of S r Dauid Lyndsayis Play, maid in the 210. 
Grenesyd bcsyd Edinbur', in anno 155[4] seiris." 

Tlie Play is divided into Interludes, as printed in Pinkerton's Scotish Poems, re- 
printed from scarce editions, 1792, vol. ii. pp. 198, which also contains the ad- 
ditional passages from the edition of 1602, p. 199 259. 

Extracts from, in Sihbald's Chronicle, 11. 257 348 Also, in a separate volume, 
by Sibbald, Ediu. 1802, 8vo, of which (it is said) 50 copies only were printed. 
Lyndsay's Works, (from Charteris 1 edition, 1602,) by Geo. Chalmers, vol. i. 
358 470, and vol. ii. 1 156. Allan Ramsay had transcribed these Inter- 
ludes for publication, and his transcript (or a copy from il ) afterwards passed into 
Garrick's possession. 

On the reverse of the last leaf some anonymous verses are written in a later hand. 

(1.) " Daiit/e and dortie to all mans eyes." 4 lines. 210 b . 

(2.) " Whyt as the egg, rid as the sharlet." 4 lines. 

(3.) " Now, gossop, I must neids be gon." 2o lines. 

(4.) " Mymistres is in musilt passing sMIfull." 5 stanzas of 6 lines. 211. 

" Heire endis the bnik of mirry ballettis, set furtli be diners 
new and ancient poettis." 

Below this is the signature of " Jacobus Foulis, 1623." 


" Heir followis Ballattis of Luve, devydit in four pairtis : The 
first ar Songis of luve, the secound ar contemptis of luve 
and evill wemen the thrid ar contempis of evill, fals, vicius 
men and the fourt ar ballattis detesting of luve and lichery. 
The Fourth Pairt of this buick." 

208. On the reverse of the leaf" To the Reader." Fol. 211. 
" Heir haifze, Invar is, ballattis at zour will." 5 lines. See page 17 of the 

present volume. 

209. " Sonet" " LyJte as the littill emme haitk hir gall." 14 lines, inserted in a 

later hand. 

" Ballattis of Lufe." 

210. " Ofoli) hairt /Merit in fantesye." 212. 

9 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

211. " Be ze ane luvar, think ze no 1 ze swld." 212 b . 

3 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 
Dunb. 1. 177. 

212. " Off" luve quhay tykis to fiaifjoy or comfort." 212 b . 

8 stanzas of seven lines, (the first 2 stanzas have eight lines.) ffinis. q. Mersar. 
Dunb. 11. ... 

213. " Luve prey sis but comparesone." 213. 

5 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 

Rams. 11. 205 Hailes, 192 Sibb. 111. 158 Scott, 15. 

214. " Sen that I am a presoneir." 214. 

14 stanzas of eight lines. Anon, [by Dunbar.] 
Dunb. 1. 22. 

215. " Wald my gud lady Itife me best." 215. 

10 stanzas of four lines. 

ffinis of the Garment of gud Ladeis. q. Mr. Ro'. Henrysoun. 
Rams. 1. 234 Hailes, 103. 

216. " Was not gud King Salamon." 215 lj . 

10 stanzas of six lines, ffinis. q. Ane Inglisman. 


217. " For to declair the M magnifcens." Fol. 216. 

8 stanzas of eight lines, flinis. q. Stewart. 

Hams. 1. 237. This poem is repeated in the M.S., at folio 277, ( Xo. 335.) 

218. " My hairt is lost onliefor lufe of one." 217. 

4 stanzas of eight lines. Aiion. 

Hams. 11. 203. 

219. " Q/if/ai I think on my lady deir." 217. 

7 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

220. " Tlic bewfy of her amorus ene." 217 b . 

3 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

221. " Quhen Flora Jtad our/ret thejirth." 218. 

3 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

Rams. 1. 256 HaUes, 191 Sibb. 111. ICO. 

222. " The well ofvertew and flour of ivomanheid." 

4 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

Rams. 11. 207 Sibb. 111. 1G4. 

223. " To 5ow that is the harbre of my hairt." 218 b . 

6 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

224. " Moist arncyn roseir, gratiows and resplendent." 219. 

5 stanzas of seven lines (the last has only six lines.) fh'nis. q. Stewart. 

225. " Frcschefrcigrent flour of lewty sotic ro ne." 219 b . 

8 stanzas of nine lines. Anon. 

226. " O maistres myn till zow I me commend." 220. 

3 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

Dunb. 11. 35. 

'22/. " In to my hairt emprentit is so soir." 220 1 '. 

3 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

228. " Off lufe and trewih u-ith lang continivans." 220 b . 

7 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

229. " Off' every Joy most joyful! joy it is.'' 

7 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

230. " Bryclit stcrne ofbeu-tie, and well of lustines." 

4 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 


231. " Baith gud, and fair, and wornanlie." Fol. 222. 

4 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

232. Now in this mirthfull tyme of May" 222". 

3 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

Dimb. 11 

233. " My heart is thrall begone me fro." 222"'. 

7 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

234. Ma commendationis with humilitie." 223. 

G stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

235. " My son/full pane and wo for to compkne." 224. 

7 stanzas of nine lines. Anon. 

236. " O Cupid, king, cjuhome to sail I complene." 224 l) . 

6 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

237. " Fair weill, my hairt,fair wcill baithfreind andfo." 

4 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

238. " Allace, departing grand of wo." 

4 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

239. " In May, in a morning, I movit me one." 225 b . 

7 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

240. " My u-oful werd complene I may rycht soir." 226. 

4 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

241. " Thus wairfull tliocht / myne E hes wrocht / to wo. 15 lines. Anon. 226 b . 

242. " O ivrechit, infernal!, crewall element." 227. 

5 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

243. " Flour of all fairheid / gif I sail found ilivfra" 227. 

5 stanzas of five lines. Anon. 

244. " O Maistres myld ha if my nd on me." 227 b . 

6 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

245. " Haifhairt in hairt, ye hairt ofhairtis haill." 228. 

3 stanzas of seven lines. Anou. " The ausueir heirof is in the ccxxxv. leif." 
Scott, 31. 

246. " Wald my gud ladye that I Mf:' 228 b . 

17 stanzas of four lines. Anon. 


247. " Support your servand, peirles paramour." Fol. 228 b . 

3 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

248. " Quhen Tayis bank wes blumyt bnjcht." 229. 

15 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

British Bibliographer, IV. 186 Select Remains, &c. (No. 10. ) 

249. " O lusty May, with Flora quene." 4 stanzas of fire lines. Anon. 229 b . 

Sibb. 111. 192 Scott, 98 Aberdeen Cantus, 1062, 4to, &c. 

250. " Allffor one j is my mane." 8 lines. Anon. 229 b . 

251. " Ba glaid, all ye that luvaris bene" 54 lines. Anon. 229 b - 

Sibb. 111. 193 Select Remains, &c. (No. 11.) 

252. " Gifye wahl lufe, and luvit be." 230. 

6 stanzas of four lines. Anon. 
Dimb. 11. 3.3. 

253. " The song of Troyelus." " Gife no hive is, O God, qnhatfeill I so" 230 b . 

5 stanzas of seven lines. ffinis.H " q. Cliauseir of Troyelus.' 

From Chaucer's Troilus and Cresseid, said to be "out of Petrarche," Urry's edit. p. 272. 

254. " As P/iebus bricltt, in spcir merediane." 230*. 

8 stanzas of seven lines, ffiuis. q. Bannatyne. 

Poems by George Bannatyne, 8vo, 1824 and Appendix to the present volume. 

255."Myhairtisfieichaboif,mybo(lyisftillofbliss." 28 lines. Anon. 231. 

British Bibliographer, IV. 190 Scott, 93. 

256. " Lait, lait, on skip as 1 wes laid." 23 1 b . 
Two leaves of the MS. (folios 232 and 233) are wanting. The poem 

last mentioned is in octave stanzas, and breaks off at the 3d line of 
stanza 5. In the old index at the end of the volume, the following poem 
is entered 

257. " Being ourtjulielmed wi/h dolour and with cair." 232. 

258. " No ivondir is alt/ioc/it my fiairt be thrall" 234. 

9 stanzas of eight lines, by George Bannatyne with two lines, direct- 
ing how to find out the author's name. 

Poems by Bannatyne, 8vo, 1821 and in the Appendix to the present volume. 

259. " My tren-th is plicltt vnto my lufe bemjng." 234 b . 

3 stanzas of seven lines. Explicit, q. Fethy. 


260. " Lanterne cflvfe, and lady fair of hew." Fol. 235. 

3 stanzas of eight lines, [ffinis.] q. Steill. 
Dunb. II. ... 

261. " Hence, hairt, u-t Jtir that rnvst departe." 235. 

5 stanzas of eight lines. [[ffinis/] q. Scott. 

Sibb. 111. 166 Scott, 20. 

262. " The answeir to the ballat of hairtis, in 'the 228 leiff. 1 ' 235|. 
" Considdir, hairt, my trcw intent." 

9 stanzas of five lines. Qffinis.] q. Scott. 
Scott, 3-2. 

263. " Quha is perfyte / to put in icryte." 236. 

6 stanzas of six lines. Qffinis.]] q. Scott. 

Sibb. 111. 168 Scott, .33. 

264. " It cumis $ow luvaris to be kill." 236. 

9 stanzas of four lines, ffinis.]] q. Scott. 
Scott, 36. 

265. " Absent I am, ryeht soir aaanis my will." 237. 

3 stanzas of seven lines, ffinis. q. Steill. 

Dunb. 11. ... 

266. " / icilbe plane , / and liife offline, \ffor as I meite, / so tah me. 237 b . 

16 of these lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 
Scott, 35. 

267. " Only to ymo in erd t/iat I lufe best." 37 b . 

6 stanzas of seven lines, [ffinis.] q. Scott. 
Scott, 37. 

268. " My didlit corss dois hairtly recommend" 238. 

4 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

269. " O lusty four oj ^ow 1 , benyng and bricht." 238 b . 

5 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

British Bibliographer, IV. 191 Dunb. 11. 35. 

270. " Sueit hairt, sen I j your freind only / wes ay." 8 lines. Anon. 239. 

271. " My hairt repois the, and the rest." 239. 

8 stanzas of six lines. Anon. 


272. " Rycht as the glass lene thirlit thru' wf Icmis." Fol. 239 b . 

3 stanzas of seven lines, [ffinis.] q. Scott. 

Scott, 39. 

" Ffollowis the ballatis of the prayis of wemen." 

273. " I marvell of thir vane fantastik men." 239 b . 

34 stanzas of seven lines, ffinis. q. Wedderburne. 

274. " Vp, hdsimi hairt, thy nttis rais, and lowp." 242 b . 

4 stanzas of ten lines, [ffinis.] q. Scott. 

British Bibliographer, IV. 189 Scott, 40. 

275. " Quhair hive is hendlit confortles" 243. 

8 stanzas of eight lines, and two additional lines of " L'envoy." Anon. 
Rams. 1. 108 Sibb. 111. 179. 

276. " Gifc languor mahis men licht" 244. 

5 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. King Hary Steward 

Hailes, 220 Sibb. 111. 179. 

277. " How suld myfebill bodyfure." 244 b . 

8 stanzas of six lines, [ffinis.] q. Scott. 
Scott, 43. 

278. " Anc laid my hfc ane leddy ofestait." 7 lines. Anon. 244 b . 

Scott, 83. (Notes.) 

279. " Marvilling in mynd, quhat ailisfortoun at me" 245. 

5 stanzas of seven lines, [ffinis.] q. Scott. 

Scott, 41. 

280. " Pausing in hairt w' spreit opprcst." 245. 

8 stanzas of eight lines, [ffinis.] q. Fethe. 
Hailes, 212 Sibb. 111. 206. 

281. " Departe, dcparte, departe, / allacc I must departe." 245 b . 

6 stanzas of four lines, [ffinis.] q. Scott of the Mr. of Erskyn. 

Hailes, 203 Sibb. 111. 115 Scott, 45. 

282. " T/tat ei-ir I limit allace thairfoir." 246. 

7 stanzas of four lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 

Scott, 46. 


283. " So f remit is myfortoun and my icerd." Fol. 246. 

5 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

284. " Oppressit hairt indure / in dolo r and distress" 246". 

8 stanzas of four lines, [ffinis.] q. Scott. 
Scott, 49. 

285. Leifluve and lot me kifaUom." 247. 

6 stanzas of seven lines, [ffinis.^ q. Scott. 

Scott, 47. 

286. " J7to' I in grit distress / suld de in to dispair" 24" b . 

5 stanzas of four lines. [ ffinis. J q. Scott. 
Scott, 53. 

287. QuJiat art tliow / lufe,for till allow." 248. 

7 stanzas of six lines. Anon. (" ffinis. Amen, q. he.") 

288. " Lamenting soir my weird and bissy cure." 248 b . 

5 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

289. " In to the nyt / quhen to ilk wicht / Natur derekis rest." 22 lines. Anon. 249. 

290. TJie moir I lufe and serf at all my myc/it." 249 . 

3 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

291. QuJten Phebus fair, w* his bemis bricht." 249". 

6 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

" Ballatis of Remedy of Luve as followis : And to the Re- 2 * 9b - 

proche of Evill Weme." " Remeidis of Luve." 

292. " So prayiss me as ze think causs qu/iy." 250. 

8 stanzas of four lines. Anon. 

293. / am as I am, and so will I be" 250. 

10 stanzas of four lines. Anon. 

294. " Langour to leii-e, allace." 251. 

12 stanzas of four lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 
Scott, 51. 

295. " Favour is fair / in luvis lair." 25 l b . 

6 stanzas of four lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 

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Scott, 56. 


296. " Tltir knterne dayis ar luvely long." Fol. 252. 

6 stanzas of eight lines. f_ffiuis.~| q. Stewart. 

297. " Returns the, hairt, liamewart agane" 252 b . 

4 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Alexr Scott to his liert. 

Rams. 11. 15 Ilailes, 201 Sibb. 111. 171 Soott, 50. 

298. " Quhen $e we r plesil to pleiss me her/fully." 4 lines. Anon. 253. 

299. " Qulry sowld I luve but gif I war limit'' 8 lines. Anon. 253. 

300. " Irkit I am tit langsitm luvis lair" 253. 
9 stanzas of four lines. QThe signature, q. Montgomery, is in a different hand.^j 

Montgomery's Poems, 8vo, 1821, p. 167, along with the two i>receding Nos. 
(298 and 299.) 

301. " / muse and mcrvellis in my mynd." 254. 

13 stanzas of six lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 
Hailes, 207 Sibb. 111. 155 Scott, 57. 

302. " Fane icald I lure, lot quhair abowt." 255. 

7 stanzas of five lines. [The signature, q. Clerk, is in a different hand.] 

Sibb. 1. 3G8 Dunb. 11. 31. 

303. " In June tficjcm / of joy and geme." 255 b . 

5 stanzas of eight Hues, ffinis. q. Scott. 

Scott, 51. 

304. " Thair is no' one winche that I se." 256. 

4 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

305. " To hive vnluvit it is one pane." 256. 

5 stanzas of five lines, ffinis. q. Scott quhen his wyfe left him. 

Ilailes, 206 Sibb. 111. 170 Scott, 60. 

306. " My hart is rjiihyte / and no delyte / I Jiaifofladeisfair." 256 b . 

5 stanzas of six lines. Anon. 

307. " In all this world no man may wit." 257. 

10 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

" Schorl epigrammis aganis women." 258. 

308. " My lau-ty yarris me be Uchtleit, allaik." 8 lines. Anon. 

309. " Ane vthir." " / luve and I say not." 6 lines. Anon. 

310. " Ane of the warst that evir icas in erd." 7 lines. Anon. 


311. " Thcf all the wod vnder Hie hevin that growls" 8 lines. Anon. Fol. 258. 

312. " G if all the erth warperchmene scribable." 7 lines. fBnis. q. Chawcer. 

313. " 77(e diuill is not to dabj slryf." 6 lines. Anon. 

314. " J7tis work qulia sa sail sie or reid." 258. 

1 1 stanzas of seven lines, ffinis. q. Chawseir. 

Part of " The Remetlie of Love." Chaucer's Works, Urry's edition, p. 527. 

315. " Bruthir, be wyiss I reid ^pw now. 259 b . 

9 stanzas of five lines, [[ffinis/] q. S r Johne Moffett. 
Hailes, 187 Dunb. 11. ... 

316. " My luve wasfals, and full offlattry" 260 

9 stanzas of seven lines, ffiuis. q. Weddirburne. 
Sibb. 111. 235. 

317. " TJdr lady is fair, / that makis repair." 261. 

6 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 

Rams. 1. 206. Sibb. 1. 251 Dunb. 1. 92. 

318. " Tlie vse of court richt weill I knaw." 2GJ b . 

5 stanzas of six lines. Anon. 
Rams. I. 209. 

[Where it follows the preceding poem, (No. 317.) and Ramsay entitles it, with 
out any authority, 

"Another nfthe samen cast, 
Pfnd be the Poet wrote the last."} 

" Ballatis aganis evill \vemen." 

319. " The beist/y lust, thefurius appetyt." 262. 

5 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

320. " Devyce, proves, and elk hutnilitie." 262 b . 

7 stanzas of seven lines, ffinis. q. Chawseir. 

PinkiTton's Scotish Poems, 1792, 111. 130 Sibb. 1. 197. 

321. " O wicket wemen, wilfull and variable." 263, 

3 stanzas of seven lines, ffinis. q. Chauceir. 

322. " Aganis mariage of evill wyvis." 263 b , 
" Tltankit be God and his appostillis twelf." 

6 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

323. " Conunonyng betuix the Mester and the Heure." 264. 
" Lord God, my hairt is in distres." 

8 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 


324. " Off luve." " Luve that is het can no skill." 8 lines. Anon. Fol. 265. 

325. " Ane vther." " Sum man luvisfor kill luve and delyte" 7 lines. Anon. 265. 

326. " Furth ouer the mold at morrow as I ment" 265. 

8 stanzas of seven lines, ffinis. q. Stewart. 

327. " Ane v]>ir ballat of vnpossibiliteis, compaird to the trewth of Wemen in luve." 266. 
" Quhen that tlic Mone lies dominatioun" 

5 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

328. Ane vfer ballat of vmpossibiliteis." 266 b . 

" Quhen Phebus in to the west rysis at morrow." 

5 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 

329. " My hairt is gone, j confort is none." 267. 

10 stanzas of four lines. Anon. 

330. " Ane ait/it man, tityssfourty geiris." 268. 

6 stanzas of eight lines. Qffinis.] q. Kennedy. 

Rams. 1. 115 Sibb. 1. 163 Dunb. 11 

" Followis ballatis of the prayiss of wemen, and to pe re- 2( > 8b - 

proclie of vicious men." 

" The thrid pairt of luve, to the reproche of fals vicius 
men, and prayiss of guid wemen." 

331. " Allace, so sobir is the micht." 269. 

4 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Mersar. 

Hailes, 156 Sibb. C. I. 195 Dunb. 11 

332. " Ffollowis the Letter of Cupeid." 269. 

Cupeid vnto githois commandiment, 

68 stanzas of seven lines, ffinis. q. Chauseir. 

Printed among Chaucer's Works, Urry's edition, p. 534 ; but the poem itself is 
the composition of Thomas Occleve, in the year 1402. 

333. " All tho that list of icemen evill to speik." 275. 

25 stanzas of seven lines, ffinis. q. ( 'Imusru 
Chaucer's Works, Urry's edition, p. 456. 

334. " Ladies be war / that plesand ar." 276 b . 

6 stanzas of four lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 
Scott, p. 61. 


335. " For to dcclair the lie magnificcns." Fol. 277. 

8 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Stewart. 
Repeated from fol. 2 1C. (No. 217.) 

336. " Thir billis ar brevit to birdis in speciall" 278. 

6 stanzas of seven lines. ffinis. q. Mersar. 

Dunb. 11 

337. " Now, ofwemen tfiis I say for me." 278 k . 

34 lines. Qffinis.] q. Durabar. 
Dunb. 1. 95. 

338. " / think thir men ar verryfals and vane" 279. 

14 stanzas of seven lines, [ffinis.] q. Weddirburue. 

339. " Fra raige of ^oiif the rynk lies rune" 280. 

7 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 

Sibb. 111. 153 Scott, 62. 

" Heir endis the Prayiss of Wemen, and followis the Con- 
tempt of Blyndit Lixve, &c." 

340. " Quha iL-ill bchald of luve the chance" 281. 

3 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 
British Bibliographer, IV. 192. Dunb. 1. 172. 

341. " Leifhtve, my lure, no langar tlww it lyk." 281. 

2 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 

342. " Quhat menetfi this / Quhat is this windir me t" 281. 

21 stanzas of seven lines, [ffinis.] q. Cbauser. 

343. " In May as that Aurora did vpspring." 283. 

15 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 
Hailes, 89 Dunb. 1. 216. 

344. " Now cumis aige guhair zeiuth lies bene, 284. 
And trew luve rysisfro the sp/ene." [being the burden of each stanza of] 

" Now ndit is dame Venus brand" 

15 stanzas of six lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 

Hailes, 79 Sibb. 11. 20 Dunb. 1. 221. 



345. " Quha lykis to luve, or that law pruve." Fol. 285 ". 

6 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 

Scott, 65. 

346. Lo, qultat it is to lufe" 286. 

4 stanzas of six lines, [ffinis.] q. Scott. 

Hailes, 211 Sibb. 111. 173 Scott, 64. 

347. Pausing of lufe, quhat lyf it leidis" 286". 

5 stanzas of four lines. Anon. 

Sibb. 111. 206. 

348. " Quhome sould I ityt of my mischance." 287. 

7 stanzas of six lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 

Rams. 1. 112 Sibb. 111. 171 Scott, 66. 

349. " O man, transformit and vnnaturall" 287 L , 

18 stanzas of seven lines, ffiuis. q. Weddirburne. 

350. ze blindit luvaris, hike." 289. 

19 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Scott. 
Sibb. 111. 144 Scott, 68. 

351. " The Prollog of the fourt buik of Virgill, treting of the incomtnoditie of 291. 

luve, and reraeid thairof, compyld be bischop Gawyne Dowglas." 
" With bemes scfienc, thow bricht Cyilierea" 
In stanzas of seven lines, ending with the 37th. 
Douglas's Translation of Virgil, folio, p. 93. 

295, 296, and fol. 297 are wanting. In the old Table of Contents, " Dik 
and Dune' is marked as occurring on fol. 295. 

" Heir endis the ballatis of Luve, Remedy thairof, and 

Contempt of Luve." 298 - 

" Heir followis the fyift part of this buik, contenyng the 
Fabillis of Esop, with diuerss vthir fabillis and poeticall 
worlds maid and compyld be diuers lernit men. 1568." 

352. " To the Redar." " Myfreindis, tkir storeis subsequent" 298 b . 

8 lines, by Bannatyne, see page 18 of the present volume. 


353. [Fable 1. The Preiching of the Swallow.] Fol. 299. 
" The he prudence, and wirking mervellus." 

47 stanzas of seven lines. Anon, [by Henryson.] 

354. [Fable II.] " The Houlate. Maid be Holland." 302. 
" In the middis of Maij at morne, as I ment." 

77 stanzas of 12 lines. Explicit, q. Holland. 

Pinkerton's Scotish Poems, 1792, 111. 145 188 (Extracts from) Sibb. 1. 
61 ; and (from Asloane's MS.) as a separate publication, for the Members of 
the Bannatyne Club, 1823, 4to, by Mr. David Laing. 

355. [Fable III. The Fox and the Cock.]" The Tod followis." 310 1 '. 
" Thoucht bruta/e beistis, be irrationale." 

31 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. Hby Henryson.] 

356. [Fable IV. The Fox and the Wolf.] " Indpit alia Fa." 312\ 
" Leive we this icedow ffled, I yow assure." 

26 stanzas of seven lines, " Explicit exemplum Veritatis et Falsitatis.'' 
Anon. Qby Henryson.] 

357. [Fable V. The Fox tryed before the Lyon.] 3U. 
" Tliis foil-said fox, thus deidfor his misdcde." 

48 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. Qby Henryson.] 

358. [Fable VI. Orpheus and Eurydice.] 317 b . 
" The noli/ties and grit magnificens" 

57 stanzas of seven lines. (Five of the stanzas have ten lines.) The 
" Moralitas" of this poem, which is in a different measure, begins, 
" Now wirthy folk, Bocce that senatour," and contains 220 lines. 322 1 '. 

ffinis. q. Mr. R. H[enryson.] 
Ancient Poems, &c. Edinburgh, 1827, -ito, from the old printed copy in 1508. 

359. [Fable VII. The Bludy Serk.] 325. 
" This hinder :eir I hard be tald" 

15 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Mr R. Henrici. 
Pinkerton's S. P. 1792, 111. 189 Sibb. 1. 178 Select Remains, &c. (No. 8.) 

360. [Fable VIII. The Cock and the Jewell.] 328 b . 
The prologue begins, " TJio 1 fen:eit fables of auld poetrie." 

The fable itself begins, " A cok sumtyme with fethreme fresche and gay." 
23 stanzas of seven lines. Explicit q. Mr. 11. H[enryson.] 
(The Moralitas, or last six stanzas,) Hailes, 125. 


361. [Fable IX. The Mouss and the Paddock.] Fol. 328 1 -. 
" Vpone a tyme as Ysop can reports." 

28 stanzas of seven lines. Explicit q. Mr. R. H[enryson.] 
(The Moralitas, or last nine stanzas,) Hailes, 122. 

362. [Fable X. The twa Myss.] 33 R 
" Isap myne autour makis mcntioun." 

33 stanzas of seven lines, q. Mr. R. H[envyson.] 

Rams. 1. 144 (The Moralitas, four stanzas,) Hailes, 127 Sibb. 1. 107. 

363. [Fable XI. The Dog, the Sheip, and the Wolff.] 334. 
" Isope a taill puttis in memorie." 

25 stanzas of seven lines. Explicit q. Mr. R. H[enryson.] 
Hailes, 109 Sibb. 1. ICO. 

364. [Fable XII. The Wolff and the Lamb.] 336". 
" A crewatt wolf revamts and fell." 

23 stanzas of seven lines. Explicit q. Mr. R. H[enryson.] 
Hailes, 116 Sibb. 1. 94. 

305. [Fable XIII. The Lyon and the Mouss.] 338^. 

The Prologue begins " In middis of June that jolly sueit sessoun." 
The Fable begins " A It/one at his pray, ivery for run." 
43 stanzas of seven lines. Explicit q. Mr. R. Henrysone. 

Rams. 1. 185 (The Moralitas, six stanzas,) Ilailes, 129 (The Prologue, 

12 stanzas) Sibb. 1. 90. 

[Fable XIV. The Thrissill and the Rois.] 

366. " Quhen Merc/ie wes w' variand winclis past." 342 b . 

27 stanzas of seven lines. Explicit q. Dumbar. 

Hams. 1. 15. Hailes, 1 Sibb. 1. 264 Dunb. 1. 3 A fac-simile of the 

first stanza in the MS. is given on the opposite loaf. 

307. [Fable XV.] Followis the Goldin Terge." 345. 

" Rycht as the sierne of day began to schytie." 

31 stanzas of nine lines. " Explicit q. Dumbar of the Goldin Terge." 
Rams. 11. 22 Hailes, 8 Sibb. 1. 253 Dunb. 1. 11. 

368. " Heir begynnis the Freiris of Berwik." 348 b . 

" As it befell and happinnit in to deid." 
In all 567 lines. Anon. 

Pink. M. P. 1. 65 Sibb. 11. 372. Dunb. 11. 3. 

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On folio 355 are seme verses written by a later hand (1.) " Go siceit 
lines, love loill not take them." 22 lines ; also 4 lines. (2.) " Amongst 
the monsters that wefynd," being probably the commencement of a 
poem, the next two pages being left blank. (3.) " Once slumbering as 
Hay within my bed." 13 lines, in the same hand, inserted on folio 356 b . 

369. " Heir begynnis Colkelbie Sow." 

" Quhen rial/cst most redoictit and he." 

Of this singular Poem, the Prohemium contains sixty-six lines. At 
the end, " Explicit prohemium Et sequitur prinia pars," and the shield 
of arms, &c., of which a facsimile is here inserted. 

The poem or rhapsody is divided into three parts. The first part in the 
MS. (written in double columns) contains 494 lines ; the second 258 
lines ; and the third 156. Explicit tertia pars et ultima. 
Select Heniains, &c. (No. 12.) 

370. Robene and Makyne. " Robenc sat on. gud yrene hill." 

16 stanzas of eight lines, [ffinis.] q. Mr. Robert Henrysone. 

Rams. 1. 50 Ilailes, 78 Sibb. 1. 115; and as a separate publication for the 

Members of the Bannatyne Club, 1824, 4to, by the late George Chalmers, 

Esq A fac-simile of the first stanza in the MS. is given on the leaf facing 

p. 84. 

871. " Heir followis the Secouud Prolloge or Proheme of the History of the 
Croniclis of Scotland; maid be Mr. Johne Bellenden, Archedene of 
Murray. Saying to bis buik, as eftir followis, verry notable and wirdy 
of commendatioun." " Thow marciall buke, pas to the nobill Prince." 
la stanzas of eight lines ; the MS. wanting fol. 368 and 369. 

Fol. 357. 



This prolog ends on fol. 370 a , with this colophon " ffinis. Compyld be Mr. 
Jolme Bellenden, Arclidene of Murray. Contenit in the volume of the 
Scottiss Croniculis ; be him translaittit in our vulgar tung." 

Sibb. 11. 62. Prefixed to the editions of Bellenden's translation of Boece's Chronicle. 

" Followis the Table of the haill Bulk." Fol. 370 b . 

This Table of the first lines of a considerable number of the poems, contained 
in the MS., fills seven pages, with some of the omissions supplied on the 
margin in the handwriting of Bishop Percy, who had been favoured with 
the loan of the Manuscript for a very considerable period, soon after it had 
been deposited in the Library of the Faculty of Advocates. A more exact 
Table of the first lines is given at page 91. 

Fol. 374. contains the following poems, written in a hand about the end of the 
17th century : (1.) " A song in praise of Tobacco. Much meat doethglut- 
tonye procure" 8 lines. (2.) " Meditatioun on Tobacco. Why sould we 
so much despyse'' 4 stanzas of five lines. (3.) " A Songe. Iff thow 
canst not hire chast." 28 lines, with Latin terminations. 

On the reverse of the leaf, Allan Ramsay has inserted his lines, " On the Ever- 
Green's being gathered out of this Manuscript, &c." " In seventeen hundred 
ticenty-four" of which a facsimile is given on the opposite leaf. 

Fol. 375, which is the last leaf in the volume, contains, in BANNATYNE'S hand, 

and probably of his own composition, the following lines, 
372. " Offbeginnying and ending." 

" God, that is maist glorius, was the michty begynnar 
Off all thingis that in hevin or erd lies thair being ; 
Quha was withowt begynnyng ! He is the only helpar 

And furtherrar of gude worlds, to cum till gud ending! 
Withowt counsale and avysement begin nocht ony thing, 
Bot considder weill the end, and wey it discreitly; 
For happelly it preservis baith sawle and body." 

372.* " The Wryttar to the Redar." " Heir end is this bulk, wriltin in tymeofpest" 
This concluding Address, by BANNATYNE, is printed at p. 18, and a facsimile is 
given on the leaf feeing page 84. The reverse of the leaf contains the sig- 
natures of several of the Foulis's of Ravelston. 

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[!N addition to the preceding Contents, there is inserted at the beginning of 
BANNATYNE'S MANUSCRIPT, a fragment of 54 pages, with the a'love title. 
The poems contained in this fragment are all duplicate copies, with the 
exception of two or three at the end, which are evidently written at a later 
period. It is prohahle, therefore, that Bannatyne had proceeded to a cer- 
tain length in transcribing the poems which he had collected, before he 
adopted the resolution of a systematic arrangement, as already described. 
The writing is less careful, and the names of the authors either omitted, 
or inserted afterwards. 

For the greater facility in referring to the poems in this fragment, I shall con- 
tinue the numbering from the end of the Fifth and last part of the larger 
Manuscript. The pages on the margin are recently added.] 

373. " QuJien goldin Phebus movit fra the ram" p. 3. 

22 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Mr. J. Ballentyne. 
Duplicate of No. 2. 

374. ' Followis the Conceptioun of Chryst." " Qu/ten be devyne deliberation)}." p. 6. 

7 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. 
Duplicate of No. 37. 

375. " Followis ballads of the birth of Chryist." p. 7. 
" Lord my God, sen I am broc/it / In grit distress." 32 lines. 

Duplicate of No. 7. 

376. " Followis the first Psalme." p. 8. 
" Happy is he / lies Jiald 1dm fre / ffromefolkis of defame" 

16 lines. Anon. [By Alexander Scott.] 

Duplicate of No. 9. 

377. -" To t/tee, O mercifull Saluiour Jesus." p. 9. 

20 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Dumbar. 
Duplicate of No. 1 1. 


378. " O mostheich and eternal! kinff." 1 1 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Ro. Norvell. p. 12. 

Duplicate of No. 12, with an additional stanza. 

870. ' Christe qui lux cs ct dies." 7 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. p. 13. 

Duplicate of No. 13. 

380. " O /iic/it ofJiicht, and licht of lie/it most cleir." 5 stanzas of five lines. Anon. p. 14. 

Duplicate of No 14. 

381. "Eternal Kiff that sits in hcvin so he." 5 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. p. 15. 

Duplicate of No. 38, with an additional stanza. 

382. " Spair me, gud Lord, and mak me dene." 6 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. p. 15. 

Duplicate of No. 15. 

383. Cum Halt/ Spreit most svperne." 3 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. p. 1G. 

Duplicate of No. 16. 

38%."3esonisofmc>i,lemirryandglad." 6 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. p. 17. 

Duplicate of No. 17. 

385. " ge that contrcit bcne and confest" 4 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. p. 18. 

Duplicate of No. 18. 

386. " Chryst crownit King and conquerour" 9 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. p. 18. 

Duplicate of No. 37. 

387. " eterne God, of power infinyt? p. 20. 

11 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. [By R. Henrysone.] 
Duplicate of No. 19. 

388. " Followis J>e song of fe Virgin Mary, callit, Magnificat anima mea dna." p. 22. 

" W' laud andprayiss my saule lies magnified." 10 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. 
Duplicate of No. 20. 

389. " God is a substance for evir durable." p. 24. 

4 stanzas of seven lines, entitled, ' God,' ' Saule of Man,' ' The Lyf 
of Man,' and ' Prayare and Repentance.' Anon. 
Duplicate of Nos. 1* and 8. 

390. " Fttrt/i throw a forrest as Ifure." 15 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. p. 25. 

Duplicate of No. 42. 

391. " O crcaturis creat of me zour Creatour." p. 27. 

12 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Ledgait, Munk of Berry. 
Duplicate of No. 41. 


392. " QitJiylome in Grccc, that nobill rfgiomi." p. 29. 

9 stanzas of seven lines, ffinis. q. Chauser. 

Duplicate of No. 44. Printed among Chaucer's Works, CITY'S cilit. Pn I. 

393. " Allone as I went up and cloun." 7 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. p. 30. 

Duplicate of a poem by Henryson, No. 45. 

394. " Sen through vertew incressis dignitie." 3 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. p. 32. 

Duplicate of No. 58. 

395. ' Doun by one rever as I raid." 10 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. p. 32. 

Duplicate of No. 49. 

396. " Considder, man, all is lot vanitie." 8 stanzas of eight lines. Anon. p. 34. 

Duplicate of No. 50. 

397. Letters of gold writtin I fund." 17 stanzas of eight linrs p. 35. 

ffinis. q. S r . W a Broun. 
Duplicate of No. 51. 

398. " At matyne hour in myddls of the nijcJd." p. 38. 

5 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Kennedy. 
Duplicate of No. 52. 

399. " Walkin allone amangis thir levis grene." 18 stanzas of seven lines. Anon. p. 38. 

Duplicate of No. 53. 

400. " Quhenfair Flora, the Godes of the flouris." p 42. 

9 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Mr Robert Henrysone. 
Duplicate of No. 54. 

401. " O mortall man, behald, tah tent to me" G stanzas of eight lines. Anon. p. 43. 

Duplicate of a poem by Henryson, No. 55. 

402. Wt in a garth, vnder a reid roseir." p. 44. 

4 stanzas of eight lines, ffinis. q. Mr R. Henrisone. 

Duplicate copy of No. 5G. 

403. [" My mynd quhen I compos and cast."~\ p. 45. 

The first nine lines of this poem are wanting, and the MS. has prolmlily 

lost one or more leaves at this part. Anon. 
Duplicate of No. 67'. 

404. " Off everye ashing followis nocht." p. 45. 

9 stanzas of five lines. " Endis Discretion!! in Asking." [hy Dunl)nr.J 

Duplicate of No. Gl. 


405. " To speik of gift, or almouss deidis." p. 46. 

Another hiatus in the MS. There is little doubt that the above poem by 
Dunbar q. " On Gevintr," (which breaks off at the third line of stanza 
seventh,) was followed by " Discretioun in Taking." 
Duplicate of No. 62. 

406. {_" Fort re maner of men ar mill token.'"] Anon, [by Dunbar.] p. 47. 
Only the last sixteen lines of this poem have been here preserved. 

Duplicate of No. 09. 

407. " Devorit wt dreme, / devysiiiy in my shimmer." p. 47. 

16 stanzas of five lines, ffiuis. q. Dumbar. 
Duplicate of No. GO. 

408. " Ane godlie ballat, maid be the poet Montgomery."] p. 49. 

" Peccavi Pater, miserere mei." 9 stanzas of eight lines. " ffiuis. q. Robert 
[err. for Alexander] Montgomery, poet." [This ami the four following 
are evidently written at a later period.] 
Montgomery's Poems, 8vo, 1821, p. 273. 

409. The first Pschalme." " Weill is the man" 20 lines. " ffinis. Montgomery." p. 51. 

Rams. 11. 215. Montgomery's Poems, 8vo, p. 249. 

410. " The xxiij Sphalme, translait be him." " The Lord most he," dye. p. 51. 

2 stanzas of ten lines. " ffinis. Translait be Montgomery." 
Hams. 11. 217 Montgomery's Poems, 8vo, p. 250. 

411. '' Lyik us the dum Solscquium, with cair ouircum" 4 stanzas of ten lines. 

" ffinis. q. Montgomery." p. 52. 

Rams. 11. 211 Montgomery's Poems, 8vo, p. 169. 

412. " In vice maist vicious he excellis." 8 stanzas of six lines. p. 53. 

" ffinis. q. Dunibar, for Donald Oures epitaphe." 
Rams. 11. 209 Duiihar's Poems, 1. 135. 

This portion of the MS. concludes with sixteen lines of Comparisons, entitled, 'Oft' p. 54. 
Conquerouris,' ' Off Kingis,' ' Off an ennemy,' ' Off man,' ' Off the erth,' 
and ' Off man,' as six distichs, with four lines of ' A comparisone betuix 
heich and law estaitis.' " ffinis. q. William Alexr. of Menstry." 

There is added, " The Song of the Redsquair, fought on the 7. of Jully 1576." 
" On July seventh, the suthe to say." 40 stanzas of four lines two leaves 
in the hand-writing of the Hon. William Carmichaell, Advocate, circa, 1720. 
Rams. 11. 22-1. Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border 



A big brucht man fering a deir qeir to cum, No. 202. 

Absent I am ryelit soir aganis my will, 265. 

A cok sumtyme with fethreme fresclie and gay, 360. 

A crewall ivolf, revanus and fell, 364. 

Allace, departing grand of wo, 238. 

Allace, so sobir is the inicht, 331. 

All ftbr ane / is my mane, 250. 
Allone as I went up and doun, 45, 393. 

All rychtouss thing, the quhilk dois now proreid, ] 15. 

All tho that list of wemen evill to speik, 333. 

All to lufe, and nocht to fen^ie, 173. 

A lyone at his pray wery forrun, 365. 

And tliou be drunkin thow suld nocht think, 190. 

Ano aigit man, twyss fouvty 5eirig, 330. 

Ane laid my lufe ane leddy of estait, 278. 

Ane rnurelandis man of uplandis mak, 59. 

Ane of the warst that evir was in erd, 310. 

A rewlar thair was in cuntre afar, 200. 

As it befell and bappinnit in to deid, 368. 

As Phebus bricht, in speir merediane, 254. 

As jung Awrora, with cristall haile, 159. 
At matyne lioure in oiidis of the nicht, 52, 398. 

A ^ung man chiftane witles, &c. 162. 

Baith gud, and fair, and womanlie, 231. 

Be chance, hot evin this vthir day, 167. 

Befoir the tyme is wisdome to prowyd, 92. 

Be glaid all ye that luvaris bene, 251. 

Be gouernour baith guid and gratious, 128. 

Be gratious ground and gate of sapience, 126. 


Being ourquhclmed with dolour and with cair, No. 257. 

Be kynd to thame that luvand is to the, 104. 

Be mirry and glaid, nonest and vertewous, Fol. 97 b . 

Be mirry, bretherene, ane and all, No. 201. 

Be mirry man, and tali not far in mynd, 141. 

Be rychtuus Regent, and wele exerce thy cure, 127. 

Bettir it is to dye / the sawlis lyfe to save, 8.* 

Bettir it is to suffer fortoun, and abyd, 99. 

Betuix twa foxis a crawing cok, 188. 

Betuix twell houris and ellevin, 152. 

Be je ane luvar, think 56 no 1 ^e suld, 211. 

Bruther, be wyse in to 5 our gouernance, 106. 

Bruthir, be wyiss I reid ^ow now, 315. 

Brycht sterne of bewtie and well of lustines, 230. 

Call no' the man fals and unkynd, 102. 

Chryist crownit king and conquerour, 37, 386. 

Christe qui lux es et dies, 13, 379. 

Compacience perssis, rewth and mercy stoundis, 30. 

Come thair ony scheip this way, 202. 

Considdir, hairt, my trew intent, 262. 

Considdir, man, all is bot vanitie, 50, 396. 

Cum Haly Spreit most superne, 16, 383. 

Cupeid, vnto quhoia commaudiment, 332. 

Departe, departe, departe / Allace ! I must departe, 281. 

Devorit with dreme, devys'ung in my shimmer, 60, 407. 

Devyce, proves, and eik humilitie, 320. 

Devyne power, of michtis maist, 147. 

Dissait dissauis, and salbe dissauit, 89. 

Done is a battell on the dragon blak, 33. 

Doun by ane rever as I red, 49, 395. 

Dreil no' that is no', &c. 100. 

Eftir geving I speik of taking, t>3. 

Eternall King, that sittis in Levin so hie, 38, 381. 


Fair weill, my hairt, fair weill, baitli freind and fo, No. 237. 

Fals clatterand ken^y, 18]. 

Fals titlaris now growis vp full rank, 71. 

Fane wald I luve, hot quhair abowt, 302. 

Favour is fair in luvis lair, 295. 

Flour of all fairlieid, gif I sail found the IVa, 243. 

For helth of body couer weill thy heid, 79. 

For to declair the he magnificens, 217, 335. 

Foure inener of men ar evill to ken, 69, 406. 

Foxes ar fell at era wing cokkis, 188. 

Fra raige of 5owth the rynk hes rune, 339. 

Fredome, honour, and nobilnes, 66. 

Freindis heir may 56 find, will ^e tali heid, 334. 

Fresche fragrent flour of bewty souerane, 225. 

Full oft I muse, and hes in thocht, 142, 156*. 

Furth ouer the mold, at morrow, as I ment, 326. 

Furth throw ane forrest as I fure, 42, 390. 

Fyndlay M c Connoquhy, fuf MFad5an, 205. 

G if all the erth war perchmene scribable, 312. 

Gife langour makis men licht, 276. 

Gife no luve is O God, quhat feill I sp, 253. 

Gife that in vertew, thow tak ony pain, 125. 

Gif ye wald lufe, and luvit be, 252. 

God and Sanct Petir was gangand be the way, 204. 

God be his word his work began, 5. 

God, for thy grace thow keip no moir silence, 6. 

God is a substance for evir durable, 1,* 389. 

God, that is maist glorius, was the michty begynnai, 372. 

Grit fule is he that puttis in denger, 108. 

Grund the in patience / blind not thy conscience, 82. 

Guk, guk, gudday, Sir, gaip quhill 30 get it, 183. 

Half hairt in hairt, 36 hairt of hairtis, haill, 245. 

Haill Goddis Sone of myelitis maist, 24. 

Happie is hie hes liald him fre, 9, 376. 

Heir endis this buik, writtin in tyine of pest, 372*. 


Heir half 5e, luvaris, ballattis at jour will, No. 208. 

Hence, hairt, w' hir that must departe, 261. 

He plasmatour of tbingis vniversall, 4. 

He that lies gold and grit richess, 157. 

He that lies na will to wirk, 189. 

He that thy freind lies hene rycht lang, 103. 

Hiry, hary, hubbilschow, 160. 

How sowld I rewill me, or quhat wyiss, 68. 

How suld my febill body fure, 277. 

Jak, quoth his fader, how sail I eis tak, 202. 

I am as I am, and so will I be, 293. 

Jane / q. James to a scliort demand of myne, 200. 

Jerusalem rejoss for joy, 23. 

Jesu Chryst that deit on tre, 135. 

I half a littill Fleming barge, 164. 

I luve, and I say not, 309. 

I maister Andro Kennedy, 196. 

I mak it kend he that will spend, 153. 

I marvell of thir vane fantastik men, 273. 

I met my lady weill arrayit, 185. 

Imprent thir thre in thy remmembrance, 121. 

I muse and mervellis in my mynd, 301. 

In all this warld no man may wit, 307, 

In Awchtirmwchty thair dwelt ane man, 101. 

In bittirnes of sawill call vnto mynd, 75. 

In grit tribulatioun and niekle vexatioun, 80. 

In June the jem of joy and geme, 303. 

In May, as that Aurora did vpspriug, 343. 

In May, in a morning, I movit me one, 239. 

In middis of June, that jolly sueit sessoun, 365. 

In presone a presoner condempnit to die, 200. 

In secreit place this hinder nicht, 14,6. 

In Somer, quhen flouris will smell, 182. 

In the middis of Maij, at morne, as I ment, 354. 

In Tiberius tyrne, the trew imperiour, 177. 

In to my hairt emprentit is so soir, 227. 


In to the ny< / quhen to ilk wicht / nature derckis rest, No. 289. 

In to tliis warld we se sic variance, 73. 

In vice niaist vicious he excellis, 412. 

In warld is no', / be natur wro', / tliat :iy mon left, 84. 

Irkit I am w l langsum luvis lair, 300. 

1 saw ane rob rich of hew, 118. 

I saw, me tlmcht, this hindir nycht, 186. 

Isope a taill putis in memorie, 363. 

Isop, myne autour, makis mentioun, 362. 

It cumis 5ow luvaris to be leill, 261. 

I that in heill wes and glaidnes, 149. 

1 think tliir men are verry fals and vane, 338. 

It is bettir to haif the sawle, 8*. 

It is my purpoiss to discryve, 203. 

It that I gife I haif, 194. 

Justice wald haif ane godly presedent, 107. 

I wilbe be plane / and lufe affane / ffor as I mrne /. so tak me, 266. 

I jeid the gait wes nevir gano, 197. 

Knyclitis full of hardines, 101. 

Ladeis be war that plesand ar, 334. 

Lait, lait on sleip as I wes laid, 256. 

Lamenting soir my weird and bissy euro, 288. 

Langour to leive allace, 294. 

Lanterne of lufe and lady fair of hew, 260. 

Leif luve and lat me leif allone, 285. 

Leif luve, my luve, no langar it lyk, 94. 

Leif luve, my luve, no langar thow it lyk, 341. 

Leive we this wedow gled I yow assure, 356. 

Lerges, lerges, lerges ay / Lerges of this New seirday, 139. 
Letters of gold writtin I fand, 51, 397. 

Listis, lordis, I sail ^ow tell, 155. 

Lo quhat it is to lufe, 346. 

Lord God deliuer me, allace, 10. 

Lord God, my hairt is in distros, 323. 

Lucyna Bchynning in silem-e of the nirlit, 172. 


Luvaris lat be the frennessy of Luve, No. 163. 

Luve preysis but cotnparesone, 213. 

Luve that is bet can no skill, 324. 

Lyik as the duui solsequium with cair ouircuni. 411. 

Lyk as the littill emmet haith bis gall, 209. 

Ma commendationis with humilitie, 234. 

Maist ameyn roseir, gratious and resplendent, 224. 

Man of maist fragilitie, 74. 

Man, sen thy lyfe is ay in weir, 176. 

Marvilling in mynd quhat ailis fortoun at me, 279. 

May is the moneth maist ainene, 198. 

Meiknes and mesure, 83. 

Memento bomo quod cinis es, 46. 

Me meruellis of this grit confusioun, 112. 

Me think thair suld no taill be trowit, 105. 

Mony man makis ryme, and lukis to no reasoiui, 174. 

Moving in mynd of mony diverss thing, 76. 

Musing allone this hinder nicht, 64. 

My dullit corss dois bairtly recommend, 268. 

My freindis thir storeis subsequent, 352. 

My guddame wes ane gay wyfe, / hot sclio wes rycht gend, 175. 

My hairt is gone, / contort is none, 329. 

My hairt is lieich aboif, my body is full of bliss, 255. 

My hairt is lost onlie for lufe of one, 218. 

My hairt is quhyto, / and no delyte / I baif of ladeis fair, 306. 

My hairt is thrall begone me fro, 233. 

My hairt repois the, and the rest, 271. 

My lawty garris me be lichtleit, allaik, 308. 

My luve was fals and full of flattry, 316. 
My mynd quhen I compas and cast, l>/, 403. 

My sorufull pane, / and wo for to compleue, 235. 

My trewth is pliclit vnto my lufe benyng, 259. 

My wofull hairt me stoundis throw the vanis, 28. 

My woful werd, complene I may rycht soir, 240. 

Nixt that a turnament wes cryid, 151. 


Now culit is dame Venus brand, No. 344-. 

Now cumis aige quhair ^ewth lies bene, 344. 

Now glaidith euery liflis creature, 2 1 . 

Now, in this mirthful! tyrae of May, '-3:2. 

Now is our king in tendir aige, 130. 

Now, of wemen this I say for me, 337. 

No wondir is althocht my hairt be tin-all, - .!.~>S. 

Now quhen ane wreche is sett to he estait, 9H. 

O creaturis creat of me jour Creatour, II, 391. 

O Cupid, king, quhome to sal! I cotnplono, 230. 

O eterne God, of power infinyt, 19, 387. 

Off all the gude createuris of Goddis creating, 8. 

Off cullouris cleir, quha lykis to weir, l(i(>. 

Off every asking followis nocht, (> 1 , 404. 

Off every joy most joyfull joy it is, 2:29. 

Off Februar, the fyiftene nycht, 150. 

Off lentron in tlie first mornyng, 48. 

Off lufe and trewtli with lang continwans, 228. 

Off luve, quhay lykis to haif joy or cunfurt, 212. 

O foly hairt, fetterit in fantesye, 210. 

Oft tymis is bettir hald nor len, 1 10. 

O gallandis all, I cry and call, 180. 

O God that in tyme all thingis did begin, 119. 

O Iiicht of hicht, and licht of licht most cleir, 1 V, 380. 

O Lord my God, on quhome I do depend, 40. 

O Lord my God, sen I am brocht in grit, distress, 7, 375. 

O lusty flour of jow 1 benyng and bricht, 209. 

O lusty May with Flora queue, 249. 

O maistress myld liaif mynd on me, 244. 

<) maistres myn till jow I me commend, 220. 

O man, remember and prent in to thy tho', 34. 

O man, transformit and vnnaturall, 349. 

O man, vnthankfull to thy Creatour, 30. 

Omnipotent Fader, Sone, and llaly Galst, 20. 

O mortall man behold tak tent to me, .">.}, 401. 


O mortall man, remember nycht and day, No. 47. 

O most heich and eteniall king, 12, 378. 

Once slumbering as I lay within my bed, 368. 

One blindman to supper ane vdder bad, 200. 

Only to yow in erd that I lufe best, 267. 

Oppresit liairt indure in dolo r and distress, 284. 

O sinfull man, in to this mortall se, 57. 

O wicket wemen, wilfull and variable, 321. 

wondit spreit and saule in till exile, 29. 

O wrechit, infernall, crewall element, 242. 

O wretchit man full of iniquitie, 111. 

Pansing in hairt, w* spreit opprest. 280. 

Pansing of lufe, quhat lyf it leidis, 347. 

Peccavi Pater, miserere mei, 408. 

Pernitious peple, perciall in despyte, 165. 

Precellend prince havand prerogatyue, 130. 

Quha douttis dremis is bot phantasye, 144. 

Quha lies gud malt, and makis ill drink, 192, 

Qulia is perfyte to put in wryte, 263. 

Quha lykis to luve, or that law pruve, 345. 

Qulia wald do weill, 90. 

Quha wald thair bodyis liald in heill, 78. 

Quha will be gud, 91. 

Quha will behald of luve the chance, 340. 

Quha wilbe riche half e to hono r aye, 110. 

Quhair luve is kendlit confortles, 275. 

Quhat art thow lufe for till allow, 287. 

Quhat is this lyfe, ane draucht way to the deid, 96. 

Quhat meneth this, quhat is this windir vre, 342. 
Qulien be devyne deliberatioun, 39, 374. 

Quhen doctouris prechit to win the joy eternal!, 132. 
Quhen fair Flora, the Codes of the Flouris, 54, 400. 

Qulien Flora hed ourfret the firth, 221. 
Quhen goldin Phebus movit fra the ram. 2, 373. 

Quhen I come by sone teljeouris stall, 188. 


Quhen I think on my lady deir, No. 219. 

Quhen Merche wes w 1 variand windis past, 366. 

Quhen Pliebus fair, w' his beiuis bricht, 291. 

Quhen Phebus in to the west lysis at morrow, 3"28. 

Quhen riallest most redowtit and lie, 369. 

Quhen siluer Diane full of bemis bryclit, 3. 

Quhen Tayis bank wes blumyt brycht, 248. 

Quben that the inone lies dominatioun, 327. 

Quhen 50 wer plesit to pleiss me hertfully, 298. 

Quhome sould I wyt of my mischance, i ts 

Quhome to sail I complene my wo, 123. 
Quhylome ia Grece, that nobill regioun, 44, 392, 

Quhy sowld I luve but gif I war luvit, 299. 

Quhy sowld no 1 Allane honorit be, US. 

Remembir, man, on endles bellis vexatioun, 85. 

Remembir, man, that thow lies nothing heir, 86. 

Remembir riches, remembir pouertie, 93. 

lleturne the, hairt, hamewart agane, 297 

Richt famous pepill 36 sail vndirstand, 207 

Robene sat on gud grene hill, 370. 

Robeyns Jok come to wow our Jynny, 179. 

Rolling in my remembrance, 137. 
Rorate cell desuper, 

Rycht airlie on Ask Weddinsday, 17H. 

Rycht as pouertie caussis sobernes, 97. 

Rycht as the glass bene thirlit thru' w' bemis, 272. 

Rycht as the sterne of day began to schyne, 367. 

Rycht fane wald I my quentans mak, 187. 

Sanct Salvatour send siluer sorrow, 15*. 

Say weill is trewly ane wirlliy gud thing, 120. 

Schir Johne tbe Ross, ane thing- thair is compild, 195. 

Schir, sen of men, ar diuerss sortie, 140. 

Schir, 5 it remember as of befoir, 

Sen that I am a presoneir, 

Sen that revolt rynnis vpoun regp, 


Sen throw vertew iricressis dignitie, No. 58, 394. 

Serve thy God uieikly, / and the warld bescly, 81. 

So fremmit is my fortoun and my werd, 283. 

Sons lies bene ay exilit owt of sicbt, 6.5. 

So prayiss me as je think causs quhy, 292. 

Spair me, gud Lord, and mak me clene, 15, 382. 

Sueit hairt, sen I your freind only wes ay, 270. 

.Sum man luvis for leill hive and delyte, 3:25. 

Sumtyme this warld so steidfast was and stabill, 70. 

Suppoiss I war in court most he, 131. 

Support your servand, peirles paramour, 247. 

Surrexit Dominus de sepulchro, 32. 

Sustene, abstene keip weill in tliy mynd, 122. 

Sym of Lyntoun be the ramis lion), 184. 

Tak heid and harkin to my taill, 77. 

Thair is no 1 ane wiuche that I se, 304. 

Thair is no story that I of heir, 193. 

Thair wes ane channone in this toun, 191. 

Thankit be God and his appostillis twulf, 322. 

That evir I luvit, allace thairfoir, 282, 

The beistly lust, the furius appetyt, 319. 

The bewty of her amorus ene, 220. 

The diuill is not to daly stryf, 313. 

The grit debait and tournament, 169. 

The grittest tresour withowt comparison, 41*. 

The be prudence and wirking mervellns, 353. 

The Lord most he, &c. 410. 

The moir I lufe and serf at all my myclit, 290. 

The nobilnes and grit magnificens, 358. 

The nyne Ordour of Knavis, 199. 

The richtouss fontane of hailfull sapience, 134. 

The sterne is rissin of our redemptioun, 27. 

The vse of court richt weill I knaw, 318. 

The well of vertew and flour of womanheid, 222. 

Thingis in kynd desyris thingis lykp, 114. 

Thir billis ar brevit to birdis in spuc'iall, 336. 


Tbir ladyis fair that makis repair, No. 317. 

Thir lenterne dayis ar luvely lang, 296. 

Thir lusty versis of he nobilite, 43. 

This foirsaid fox, thus deid for his roisdede, 357. 

This hinder nycht in Dumfermeling, 158. 

This hindir ny' neir by the hour of nyne, 129. 

This hindir 5eir I hard be tald, 359. 

This nycht befoir the dawing cleir, 156. 

This nycht in my sleip I wes agast, 171. 

This warld is all bot fenjeit fair, 117. 

This warldis joy is only bot fantesy, 88. 

This work quha sa sail sie or reid, 314. 

Thocht all the wod vndir the herin that growis, 311. 

Tbocht bratale beistis, be irrationale, 355. 

Thocht fenseit fables of auld poetrie, 3(iO. 

Thocht I in grit distress suld de in to dispair, 286. 

Thou leiss loun, be this licht, 181. 

Thow leiss, loun, thow leiss, 181. 

Thow marciall buke pas to the nobill Prince, 371. 

Thow that lies bene obedient, 31. 

Thus I propone in my carping, 170. 

Thus wairfull thocht myne E hes wrocht to wo, 241. 

Thy beginning is bair and bitternes, 87. 

To dwell in court my freind gif that thow list, 72. 

To luve unluvit is ane pane, 305. 
To speik of gift or almouss deidis, 62, 405. 

To the hie potent blissfull Triiiitie, 35. 
To the, O mercifull salviour Jesus, 11, 377. 

To ^ow that is the harbre of my hairt, 223. 

Troll trottes on befoir and takis no heid, 199. 

Twenty clyantis to one man of law, 200. 

Vertew in all workis is gritly to be praysed, 124. 

Voluptouss lyfe quhy thinkis thow so sueit, 95. 

Vp, hclsum hairt, thy rutis rais, and lovvp, 274. 

Vpone a tyme as Ysop can reporte, 361. 


Wald my gild ladye, that I luif, No. 246. 

Wald my gud lady lufe me best, 215. 

Walking allone amang tliir levis grene, 53, 399. 

Was nevir in Scotland hard nor senc, 143. 

Was not gud King Salamon, 216. 

Weill is the man, &c. 904. 

Welcum illustrat Ladye and oure Queue, 133. 

We lordis hes chosin a chiftane meruelus, 113. 

We that ar bocht w' Chrystis blude, 25. 

We that ar heir in hevinis glory, 145. 

With bemes schene, thow bricht Cytherea, 351. 

Within ane garth vndir a reid roseir, 56, 402. 

W' laud and rjrayiss my saule hes magnified, 388. 

ge blindit luvaris luke, 350. 

ge Inglische hursone sumtyme will avant, 206. 

ge lusty ladyis luke, 168. 

ge reverend redaris tliir workis revolving riclit, I. 

ge sonis of men be mirry and glaid, 1 7, 38 1. 

ge that contreit bene and confest, 18, 385. 



Amongst the monsters that we fynd, l-'ol. 355. 

Dan tie and dortie to all mans eyes, 210 b . 

Go sweit lines, love will not take them, 355. 

Iff thow canst not leive c-hast, 370 b . 

In seventeen hundred twenty four, (by Allan Ramsay,) 374. 

Lilies of comparisons, (by Sir William Alexander of Menstry,) Page 54. 

Much meat doeth gluttonye procure, Fol. 370. 

My mistres is in rmisik passing skilful!, 211. 

Now, gossop, I must neids be gon, 21 Ob. 

Once slumbering as I lay within my bed, 356^. 

On July seventh, the suth to say, Page 55. 


Sail a woman's goodness move, (by George Wither,) Fol. 97. 

Soukl I wrestle in dispnir, 07. 

Why soukl we so much despysp, 371. 

Whyt as the egg, rid as the skarlet, 210' 1 . 


ALLANE MATSOUN, (an assumed name), No. 148, 192. 

BALNAVE.S, No. 180. 

BANNATYNE (George), No. 1, 208, 254, 258, 372, 372*. 

BELLENDEN, or BEL LENT YNE, (John), No. 2, 3, 371, 373. 

BI/VTII (John), (an assumed name), No. 153. 

BROWN (Sir William), No. 51, 397. 

CHAUCER, No. 44, 253, 312, 314, 320, 321. 332, 333, 342, 392. 

CLERK, No. 28, 65, 146, 179, 302. 

DOUGLAS (Bishop Gawyn), No. 4, 43, 351. 

DUNBAR (William) No. 11, 22, 33, 46, 48, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 66, 68, 69, 72, 123, 

138, 141, 142, 145, 149, 150, 151, 132, 154, 156, 146, 156,* 157, 158, 159, 171, 172, 

176, 178, 195, 196, 211, 214, 317, 318, 337, 340, 343, 344, 366, 367, 377, 404, 405, 

FETHY, No. 259, 280. 
FLEMYNG, No. 201. 
HAY WOOD (John), No. 200, 202. 
HENRYSON (Robert), No. 19, 45, 54, 55, 56, 71, 183, 215, 353, 355, 356, 357, 358, 

359, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 370, 387, 393, 400, 401, 402. 
HOLLAND, No. 354. 

JAMES THE FIRST (King), No. 58, 143. 
INGLIS (Sir James), No. 60. 
JOHNSTON (Patrick), No. 57. 
KENNEDY (W T alter), No. 52, 136, 195, 330, 398. 
KIDD (Alexander), No. 134. 
LYCHTOUN, Monicus, No. 47, 111. 


LYDGATE, No. 41, 79, 391. 

LYNDSAY (Sir David), No. 203, 207. 

MAITLAND (Sir Richard), No. 5. 

MERSAR, No. 212, 331, 336. 

MOFFAT (Sir John), No. 161, 315. 

MONTGOMERY (Alexander), No. 205, 206. 300, 408, 409, 410, 411. 

NORVALL (Robert), No. 12, 378. 

OCCLEVE (Thomas), No. 332. 

ROWLL (Sir John), No. 147. 

SCOGAN, No. 70. 

SCOTT (Alexander), No. 9, 10, 133, 163, 168, 169, 198, 213, 261, 262, 263, 264, 266, 

267, 272, 274, 277, 279, 281, 282, 284, 285, 286, 294, 295, 297, 301, 303, 305, 334, 

339, 345, 346, 348, 350, 376. 

SEMPLE (Robert), No. 164, 165, 166. 

STEILL, No. 260, 265. 

STEWART, No. 34, 130, 132, 139, 140, 181, 188, 217, 224, 296, 326, 335. 

STEWART (Henry), No. 128. 

STEWART (King Henry), No. 276. 

STEWART (William), No. 129, 130. 

WEDDIRBURNE, No. 273, 316, 338, 349. 


No. I. 


GEORGE BANNATYNE, whose Manuscript Collection of Scottish 
Poems furnished part of its materials to Ramsay's Evergreen, and 
a subsequent publication by Lord Hailes. 

(Communicated by SIR WILLIAM MACLEOD BANNATYNE of Kaims.) 

IN that account lie states himself to be son of James Bannatyne of the Kirktoun of Neu- 
tyle and Catherine Taillefer, and a younger brother of Thomas Bannatyne, who, by the death 
of his elder brother, Lawrence, under age, and without children, became the eldest of his 
sons, succeeded to him in his lands of Neutyle, and whom he states to have become a Se- 
nator of the College of Justice. 

Agreeably to this statement we find, in the List of the Lords of Session published by 
Lord Hailes, from a Manuscript Abridgment of the Acts of Sederant, which had belonged 
to Lord Pitmeddin, Mr. Thomas Ballenden's name entered as a Judge in 1577, in room of 
Auchinoul and as deceased 26th November, 1591 the year in which George Bannatyne 
states Thomas to have died ; and we find Andrew Wemyss, Myre-Cairne, named as a Judge 
on the decease of Newtyle a circumstance which, with some other entries in it, shows that 
the writer of that Catalogue used the names of Ballenden and Bannatyne indifferently for 
each other ; and that the Thomas Ballenden of Neutyle, who is entered as becoming a 
Judge in 1577, and dying in 1591, is no other than Thomas, the elder brother of Georgo 

Respecting James, their father, whom George states as proprietor of the Kirktoun of Neu- 
tyle, and as married to Catharine Taillefer, mother to Thomas, himself, and the other children 
mentioned in his account, there appear (in Mr. Thomson's Register of the Great Seal) two 
charters obtained by him, the one 1st June, 1548, Jacobo Bannatyne, burgensi de Edinburgh, 
" superioritatis terarrnm de Kinclevin," Perthshire ; the other, 23d March, 1558, " Jacobo 
Bannatyne, burgensi de Edinburgh, etCatharinae Taillefer sua; sponsse terrarum do Little Bal- 
chonre, et Torwathwy," Fyfeshire ; which last, by mentioning Catharine Taillefer as his wife, 


106 APPENDIX. No. I. 

shows this James Bannatyne, burgess of Edinburgh, to have been no other than James Ban- 
natyne of the KirUtoun of Neutyle, father to Thomas, Lord Neutyle, and to George himself. 

There appear, also, iu the Register of the Great Seal, 1527, a charter to John Bannatyne, 
designed Scribo signet! ; and another, 1540, to James Bannatyne, also designed Scriho sig- 
neti, of certain tenements in Edinburgh, though it is not known whether either of these per- 
sons were connected with, or of the same family with. James Baunatyne of the Kirkton of 
Neutyle, and his sons George and Thomas. 

However that may be, Thomas Bannatyne, Lord Neutyle, and brother of George, had 
a son carrying the same name with his grandfather, James Bannatyne of the Kirktoun of 
Neutyle, burgess of Edinburgh, as appears from the Retour, No. 1073, vol. ii., of Thom- 
son's Inquis. Retorn. Abbreviatio, dated 24th May, 159G, Perthshire ; being that of " Ma- 
gistcr Jacobus Bannatyne, Hares Magistri Thornae Bannatyne de Neutyle, unius Sena- 
torum Collegii Justili;e, patris, in Molendino de Migell, cum terris Molendinariis et as- 
trictis rnulturis." 

Among the. writings of tlie Bannatynes of Camys, who, as did also the Eannatynes of 
Corehouse, originally spelt their names Bannachtyne, there is a charter by James Banna- 
tyne, designing himself son of Alexander Bannatyne, burgess of Edinburgh, conveying to 
Hector Bannat.yne, Elder of Camys, in liferent, and Ninian, Younger of Camys, his sou, in 
fee, the lands of Camys, and others in the Isle of Bute ; as also those of Baunatyne Yards, 
iu Ayrshire, as standing in his person by an apprising, apparently in trust for a particular 
purpose, appearing from other parts of the family writings ; and by which they are destined, 
failing heirs of Ninian, successively to Angus, Ronald, and Charles, the brothers of Hector' 
and tailing them, to James Bannatyne the granter a circumstance which points him out, at 
the date of that charter, 31st July, 1577, to have been the nearest male relation of the fa- 
mily failing Hector, his son, and brothers ; and makes it probable, that his father Alexander, 
designed burgess of Edinburgh, was himself an immediate son, or perhaps a grandson of the 
family ; as, in a Crown-charter, 20th December, 1475, of their lands in Bute, Ayr, and Ar- 
gyleshire, Robert, the grandfather of Hector, therein designed Robert de Bannatyne, appears 
to have had two brothers, Alexander the elder, and Walter the youngest, of the first of whom, 
Alexander, burgess of Edinburgh, if not an immediate son of the family,might be a descendant ; 
and as among the witnesses to the first mentioned charter of James, the son of Alexander, 
burgess of Edinburgh, it is observable that we find, along with Alexander Bannatyne of 
Searrol, proprietor of the lands of that name in Bute, and a well-known descendant of the 
Kames family, James Bannatyne of Kirktoun, evidently the father of George and Thomas, 
Lord Neutyle, that circumstance, with the appearance of George having carried their armo- 
rial bearing, as delineated on the manuscript of his Poems, seemed to make it highly proba- 
ble, that James Bannatyne of Kirkton, or his sons, were nearly connected with Alexander 

APPENDIX. No. I. 107 

Bannatyne, also a burgess of Edinburgh, and Iris son James, and all of them equally de- 
scended from the Kames family. 

It would seem, however, that there now appears some uncertainty as to what was the ar- 
morial bearings of George ; either that the marking on the manuscript of his poems [/See 
page 85] has been misunderstood, or that he himself had erroneously marked it as three 
mullets and a bend, being the armorial bearing of Kames ; as, on the manuscript containing 
the account of his father's family, [Sen facsimile facing page 25] it is marked as a cross 
sable in a field arsent between four mullets, the armorial bearing of the Bannatynes of Core- 
house and Newhall ; a circumstance which rather points at George and his brother Thomas 
being cadets of the Bannatynes of Corehouse ; of which it can be clearly shown that the 
Auchinoul family, afterwards Lord Ballemlen, though chusing to assume a different armorial 
bearing, and a different mode of spelling their name, were also descendants. 

However this might be, as it has been seen that an intercourse, marking the probability 
of a connexion with each other, took place between James Bannatyne of Kirktoun, the fa- 
ther of George and Thomas Lord Neutyle, and James, the son of Alexander Burgess of 
Edinburgh, and a near descendant of the Bannatynes of Camys or Kames ; so this last would 
appear to have maintained a similar degree of intercourse with the Ballendens of Auchi- 
noul for a dispute which had arisen between Hector Bannatyne of Kames, and his brother 
Charles Bannatyne of Crasslagloan, being by a submission, 17th January 1592, referred to 
the above-mentioned James Bannatyne, therein designed writer, and Mr. Patrick Banna- 
tyne, his brother, Mr. Thomas Ballenden, designed brother-german to Sir Lewis Ballenden 
of Auchinool, is named as oversman ; and in the decreet-arbitral which followed upon it, 
8th February 1592, we find among the witnesses Mr. Adam Ballenden, also brother to Sir 

It may be further observed, that while as both the families of Camys and Corehouse ori- 
ginally spelled their name Ban, or Benachtyne, and afterwards Bannatyne; in the first of 
which forms (as to the family of Kames) it frequently occurs in their early writings, and so 
(as to that of Corehouse) it appears in the Rolls of David the Second [Thomson's Reg. 
Magni Sig. p. 28, art. 47.] ; both wore mullets in their arms, and both carried the same crest 
and motto ; circumstances which leave no doubt as to their being of the same descent. 

The Camys or Kames family derive their descent from Gilbert, the son of Gilbert, who, 
under the designation of Gilbertus filius Gilberti, obtained a charter of part of the family- 
lands in the island of Bute, from Walter, Steward of Scotland, witnessed by Robertus Illtis- 
trissimus Rex Scotire ; Edwardus, Dominus Gallovidiae, frater ejus, and several of the 
most distinguished barons of that period ; and whose son, John, who also obtained a charter 
from him of several other parts of the family lands, appears from entries in the Chamberlain 
Rolls, and other evidence, to have been chamberlain of Bute under the Steward. 

108 APPENDIX. No. II. 

They had many branches in Bute and its neighbourhood, including the Bannatynes of 
Kelly in Renfrew and Ayrshires, and the Ballantines, now of Castleliill, in the latter. 

They had been always considered as a head family ; and their title to be so was strongly 
pointed out by the circumstance, that while all the Bannatynes of Bute carried the Gaelic 
patronymic of M'Amlyne, derived from an older ancestor than either of the Gilberts, the 
family of Kames, as their head, carried that of M'Amli/itc Hlfier ; circumstances which, joined 
to the others already noticed, and particularly of their liotli having originally borne the name 
of Bannachtyne, evidently one of Gaelic origin, much more likely to be assumed by a family 
in Bute, where that language prevailed, than by one in Lanarkshire, entitle its present 
representative to hold that the Kames family was the general root of the name, and that of 
Corhouse one of its branches, though certainly not the oldest of them. 

No. II. 



(Communicated by JOHN RIDDELL, ESQ. ADVOCATE.) 

CONTRACTS, dated Edinburgh, 4th April, 1571, between Sir John Bellenden of Auchi- 
noul, knight, and Jonet Leyton, his spouse, on one part, and Henri/ Nisbet, burgess of 
Edinburgh, and Janet Buniiati/ne, his spouse, on the other part, by which, for the sum of 500 
nierks, paid by Henry Nisbet and Janet Bannatyne, the latter agree to infeft the former in 
an annual rent of 50 merks out of the lands of Nether Carlourie, Linlithgowshire, under re- 
versions. Witnesses, Mr. Thomas Bannatyne, GEORGE and Mr. James Bannatynes, sons to 
James Bannatyne, burgess of Edinburgh, and James Bannatyne, younger, his servand. 
[Bonds and Obligations, vol. xi.] 

James Bannatyn, WRITER, bitrges of Edinburgh, GEORGE and Mr. James Bannatynes, his 
sones, and James Bannatyne, servand to the said James, mentioned in a deed dated 1569. 
[Bonds mid Obligations, vol. xi.J 

The above Henry Nisbet was undoubtedly the ancestor of the knightly family of Nisbet of 
Dean, near Edinburgh, his elder representatives, and of their cadets, the Nisbets of Craigin- 
tinnie and Dirleton. Sir John Nisbet of Diileton, Lord Advocate to Charles the Second, 
is well known. These facts can be proved by legal evidence, and are mentioned by Nisbet 
in his Heraldry, vol. i. p. 315, new edition. 

Nisbet, or rather the author of Historical and Critical Remarks on Ragman Roll, ob- 
serves, " Nisbet of Dean is now the best family of the name," [ib. vol. ii. Hist, and Criti- 


cal Remarks, p. 42] ; and that of the Nisbets of Dalzell, of the ancient family of the Nisbets 
of that ilk, " flowed the Nisbets of Dean, being descended of Adam Nisbet, a son of the 
Barons of Dalzell, who came to Edinburgh a merchant in King James thu Fourth's time, as 
Sir Patrick Nisbet of Dean, Bar 1 , informed the author of these remarks." [Ib.p. 48.] Adam 
was the father of Henry above mentioned. 

Nisbet, author of the Heraldry, again says, [article, Exterior Ornaments, vol. ii. p. 32, 
new edit.] " that the family of Dean is the only family of the name in Scotland that has 
right, by consent, to represent the old original family of the name of Nisbet ; since the only 
lineal male representer, the author of this System, is like to go soon off the world, being an 
old man, and without issue, male or female. On winch account he had a right," lie adds, 
" to the ancient supporters of Nisbets of that ilk, which he had, indeed, previously borne 
by authority." It is to be observed, that Nisbet, author of the Heraldry, was the un- 
doubted chief of the name. 

ANE Lettir, maid with awife and confent of the Lordis of our Soverane Lordis Secreit 
Counfall, makand, conftituand and ordinaml his lovittis fervitouris JAMES BANNATYNE, of 
the Kirktoun of Newtyle, Tabular of the College of Juftice, and Mailler Thomas Bannatyne 
his fone and apperand air, and the langeft levar of thanie twa, ather of thame bronkand eftir 
ntheris as thai ar ordanit be thir lettiris, Tabnlaris of his Hienes Senate and College of Juf- 
tice, of all and fundrie fnmmomlis to be callit thairin, be ordour of tabill, for all the dayis of 
thair lyffis, &c. &c. At Halierudhous. the fecond day of May, the yeir of God l'"V c foure- 
fcour thre yeiris [Regift. Secret! Sigilli, xlix. 112.] 

No. III. 


(Communicated by ROBERT PITCAIRN, ESQ.) 


BARBARA BANNATYNE, " fpous to James Nicol in Edinburgh." (Memorials, p. 26 and 
30.) Her Last Will and Testament was confirmed, March 25, 1579. 

KATHERINE TAILZEFER, " Ipous to James Banuatyne of Newtyle." (Memorials, p. 30.) 
Testament confirmed Nov. 8, 1570 

JAMES BANNATYNE, 5ounger, wrytter in Edinburgh. Testament confirmed Nov. 26, 1582. 


JAMES BANNATYNE of Kirktoun of Newtyle. (Memorials, p. 30.) Testament confirm- 
ed April 6, 1584. 

Mr JAMES BANNATYNE, wrytter in Edinburgh. (Memorials, p. 31.) Testament con- 
firmed Feb. 24, 1598. 

MARIOUN BANNATYNE, relict of vmquhile Thomas Akenheid, merchant burges of Edin- 
burgh. (Memorials, p. 27.) Testament confirmed March 10, 1606. 

HENRY NISBET, merchand, fumtyme Proveft of Edinburgh. (Memorials, p. 26 and 
107.) Testament confirmed Jan. 16, 1608. 

JONET BANNATYNE, relict of vmquhile Hendrie Nilbet, merchand burges of Edinburgh. 
(Memorials, p. 26.) Testament confirmed July 19, 1621. 


THE TESTAMENT TESTAMENTAR and INUENTAR of the guidis, geir, fovrmes of money ami 
dettis, pertening to vmq le ISSOBELL MAUCHANE, fumtyme /pans to GEORGE BANNA- 
TYNE, merchand burges ofEdiii', the time of hir deceis ; quha deceift vpoun the xxvij day 
of Auguft, the 5611- of God I m VI c thrie 5eiris ; ffaythfullie maid and gevin vp be the faid 
George Bannatyne, hir fpous, onlie executour nominat be hir, in hir Latter Will vnder- 
written : As the famyn, of the dait at Edin r , the xv and xvj days of Auguft, the 5eir of 
God foirfaid, in prefence of the notar and witneliis vnderwritten, at lenth proportis. 
IN THE FIRST, the faid Ilibbell Mauchane and hir laid fpous had the guidis, geir, fowmes of 
money and dettis, of the awaill and proces eftir following, pertening to thame, the tyme of 
his deceis foirfaid. 

ITEM, ane cheyne of gold, wyand thrie vnce thrie quarteris of ane vnce, price of the vnce 
wecht, xxviij li. Summa, ..... Ixxxxj li. 

ITEM, vtenciles and domiciles, by the airfchippe, with the abui^emenlis of hir body, elti- 
mat to ...... iiij c li. 

Summa of the Inuentar, ..... iiij c lxxxxj li. 

Followis the Dettis awin to the Dcid. 

ITEM, thair was awin to the faid vmq le Iffobell Mauchaue and hir faid fpous, be Andro 

Wardlaw, eklare of Tony, and Henry Wardlaw, 5ounger, the fowme of j m li. 

ITEM, be Johnne Houlloun of Lany . . . iij c xxxiij li. vj s. viij d. 

ITEM, be vmq le Williame Mauchane, his airis, executouris and intromitteris with his 

guidis and geir, ...... ij c li. 

ITEM, be James Douglas of Spot, ane hundreth pundis. 

Summa of the dettis awin to the Deid, . . j m vj c xxxiij li. vj s. 8d. 

Summa of the Inuentar, with the dettis, ij m jxxiiij li. vj s. 8d. 


Followis the Dettis awin be the Deid. 

ITEM, thair was awin be the faid vmq le Klbbell Maucliane and hir faid fpous to Mr. Patrick 
Bannatyne, wrytar, of lent money, .... xlvj li. 

ITEM, to IJJ'ubdl Mauchane, dochter to Dauid Maxhcanc, tail^eour, burges of Edin r , 
put intrillede in the defunctis liandis and hir faid 1'pous, . . Fiftie pundis. 

ITEM, to Janet Cwninghame, feruaud, for hir ^eiris fie, in anno 1603, Fyve markis. 

ITEM, to Effie Thomfoune, feruand, for hir fie in anno foirfaid . . v markis. 

ITEM, to Margaret Woddell, feruand, for hir 5eiris fie, in anno foirfaid . v nierkis. 
Suinma of the dettis awin he the deid, .... j c rj li. 
lleftis of free geir, the dettis deducit, . . ij m xviij li. vilj s. 8d. 

To be divided in twa pairtis, deidis pairtis, . . j m ix li. iij s. iiij d. 

Quhairof the quot is componit for xx li. 

Followis the Deidis Legacie and Latter Will. 

AT EDIN", the xv day of Augult, 1G02: The quhilk day, in prefence of me notarpuhlict 
and witneffis vnderwrittin, ISSOBELL. MAUCHANE, Jpous of George Bannatyne, mercJiand 
burges of Edin r , being feik in bodie, and perfyte in mynd, knawing nathing mair certane than 
deitli, an<l nathing mair vncertane than the hour and tyme, leuis hir faull to the mercie of hir 
gracious God Almychtie, lioiping throw the mereittis of Chryll Jefus hir Sauiour, to be faivit ; 
Makis hir Latter Will and Teilament in inaner following : FIRST, fcho nominatis and confli- 
tutis George Bannatyne, hir 1'pous, hir onlie exec r and intromittar with hir guidis and geir 
quhatfumeuir : Item, fcho leuis to Eduard Nijbet hir elde/fjbne, the fowme of audit hun- 
dreth markis : Item, fcho leuis to IJJbbdl Nijbet hir dochter, the fowme of thrie hundreth 
markis : Item, to Williame Nijbet hisfone hir oy, ane himdreth pundis, quhilk fcho ordanis 
hir faid fpous hir exec r to pay to him, quhan he fall cum to the aige of xv jeiris compleit ; 
liir faid exec 1 alwayis payaud the annuell thairof to his fader, for fuftentatioun of him at the 
fcholes : And lykewayis, ordanis that the thrie hundreth mark left to Ijjbbdl Nejbithir oy, he 
put in the handis of George Foulis hir gnidjbne, for tlie were of the faid Ifibbell ; the faid Ed- 
uard hirfone alwayis reffaiveing the annuell thairof, quhill fcho be provydit: Item, to Jonet 
Bannatyne hir dochter, the fowme of aucht hundreth markis ; witli hir befl gowne, wyliecoit 
and cloke, and ane chain -5 ie of gold, weyand thrie vnce thrie quarteris of ane vnce : Item, to 
Eduard Ki/bet hir fone, ane ring of gold fett with ane ruble ftane : Item, to Tffbbell Nijbet 
hir oy, and fail^eand hir be death, (as God forbid,) to Tffbbell Mauchane hir broder-dochter, 
tif fecond bell gowne, cloik and vyliecoit : Item, to Dauid Mauchane, hir broder, ane 
hundreth markis : Item, to I/Jbbell Mauchane hir broder-doclitcr, Ixxx markis ; with ane blak 
goun and ane new blak furrit clok : Item, to BeJJie and Janet Mauchane, Jiir broder-doch- 
teris, ilk aae xx markis : Item, to Mariovn Mauchane thairjijter, ten markis : Item, to Ja- 


net Cwnynghame, x li.: Item, to Ewffam e Thomefone, liir feruand, ten li. : Item, to Mar- 
garet Wodhall, ten markis : Item, to the pure of the Hofpitall, xx markis : Item, fcho leuis 
hir daylie goune and vyliecoit to Janet Cwnynghame ; and ane vihir gowne to Ewifame 
Thomfoun : Item, to Beffie Craig, the Jpous of Dau'ul Mauchane, Mr broder, ane goun of 
blak clayth, with veluot pafinentis : And to Iffbbell Muuchane, hir bed veluot paitlet : And 
the vthir to Janet Cwnynghame, hir feruand. This hir Latter Will and Teftament wes maid 
in hir awin dwelling hous, about xj liouris at ewin : Befoir thir witneflis, Mr. Patrik Banna- 
tyne, wryter ; James and William Nefbittis, merchandis ; George Fowlis, hir fone in law ; 
Gilbert Kirkwod, hir feruand ; William Ila, merchand ; with vtheris diuerfe. 

(Sic fubfcribitur) Ita eft, JOANNES NISBET, Notarius publicus in premiflls requifitus, 

teftante hac mea fubfcriptione manualj. Jo. NISBET. 

AFUD EDIN B , xvj Augufli 1603. ISSOBELL MAUCHANE, the fpous of George Bannatyne, 
merchand, being feik in body, and perfyte in mynd ; vnderftanding, that in hir Latter Will 
befoir writtin, maid the xv day of Auguft inflant, fcho lies left to Janet Bannatyne hir doc/t- 
ier, thefpous of George Fouiis, the fowme of audit hundreth markis, to be payit be George 
Baimatyne hir fpons, hir onlie executour ; fcho now as tlian, and tlian as now, revoikis and 
difchairgis that pairt of the faid teftament, fa far as coiicernis the faid Janetis pairt ; towart 
the payment of the faid fowme fimpliciter. Quhairvpoun the faid George Bannatyne afkit 
inftrumentis ; befoir thir witneflis, George Fouiis, Eduard Nijbct, Gilbert Kir/ncood, with 
vtheris diuerfe. 

(Sic fubfcribitur.) Ita eft, Joannes Nilbet, Notarius publicus in premiflls, teftante hac 

mea fubfcriptione manual!. Jo. NISBET. 

WE, Maifteris Jon Nirolfoun, &c, geuis and committis the intromiflioun witli the famin to 
the faid George Bannatyne, cure executour teftamentar, to the faid vmquhile Iffbbell 
Mauchane, his fpous ; referuand compt, &c. Quha being fuorne, &c. And Henry Banna- 
tyne, wryter, is becuni rautioun, &c. ; as ane act beiris. 


THE TESTAMENT DATIUE and IN VENTAR, ad omffit, of the guidis, geir, fowines of money 
and deittis perteining to vmquhile ISSOBEL MAUCHANE, fttm/i/inr fpous to George 
Bannatyne, merchand burges of Edin r , the tyme of hir deceis ; quha deceift vpoun the 
xxvij day of Auguft, the jeir of God I m VI c thrie jeiris, omittit out of hir principall 
Confirmed Teftament Teftamentar, be the faid VMUUHILE George Bannatyne hir Jpous, 
onlie executour tertamentar confirmit to hir be the CommifTaris of Edin r . As the famin, 
of the dait the nynt day of Februar, the 5eir of God l m VI c four Beiris, beiris. And 
now faytlifullie maid and gevin up be JONET BANNATYNE, fpous to George Fouiis, 


gold/myth, barges of Edinburgh, dodder lauclifull to the defunct, and executrix datiue 
ad omijjli, decernit to hir (aid vmquliile modcr, be decreit of the Commiflaris of Ediu r ; 
as the famyn decreit, of the dait, at Edin r , the fext day of December, anno I m VI c audit 
5eiris, in the felf at mair lenth beiris. 

IN THE FIRST, the faid I/Jbbell Maitcltanc and hir faid vmquliile fpous had the guidis, geir, 

fuwmes of money and dettis of the awaill and proces eftir following-, perteining to thame the 

tyme of hir deceis foirfaid, omittit out of hir principal! Confirmit Teilament Telianientar, 

viz.: Thair was awin to the laid vmq le l(lbbe) Mauchane, and hir faid vmq le fpous, omittit 

out of hir prin 11 Confirmit Teilament Teftamentar, be James Gutliric, proprietar of the landis 

of Bannabreiche, ane annuelrent of the fo wines of j c markis out of the faidis landis 5eirlie, 

and ilk 3eir, fra the 3eir of God I m V c Ixxxxij geiris, to the xxvij day of Augufl I m VI c and 

thrie 3eiris, extending to the fpace of twelf Beiris, to the fovvme of audit hundreth pundis. 

Summa of the dettis awin to the deid, ad omiffii, .... viij c li. 

Na diuifion. Quhaircf the quot is componit for xl s. 

WE, Mr John Artliour, &c. vndirltanding that eftir dew fummoning and lauclifull wairning, 
maid be forme of edict oppinlie, &c. omittit and left out of bis principal! Confirmit Tefta- 
ment Teilamentar, &c. or ellis to fchaw ane cans quhay, &c. We decernit thairintill ; as our 
decreit thairvponn beiris. Conforme to the quhilk, &c. Quhairvpoun Johnne Somervell, fkyn- 
ner, burges of Edin r , is becum cautioun, &c. ; as ane act beiris. 


Edinburgi, fexto die Decembris 1608. ANENT the Edict raiiit at the inftance of George 
Abernatliie, procuratour fifcal to our Soucrane Lord, fummonand the executour teltament- 
arie, the fpous, bairnes, gif ony be, and intrometteris witli the guidis and geir of vmquliile 
ISSOBELL MAUCHAyEjJiiinfyme fpous to vmquliile GEORGE BANNATYNE, merchand burges 
of Edin r , to have hard and fene executoures datiue decernit, &c. 

Compeirit the faid George Abirnathie, procuratour for JONET BANNATYNE, dochter 
lauchful to the defunct, and defyrit hir to be gevin in executour datine ad omiffa to the faid 
vmquliile Illbhell, hir mother: Quhome the faidis commifTaris decernit and gave in maner 
foirfaid, quha produceit Inventar of the defunctis gudis and geir, and maid fuitli ; and Jo 
Somervell, fkinner, burges of Edin r , becom cautioner, and George Foullis, hirfpmts, becom 
actit to relief him. 

THE TESTAMENT TESTAMENTAH and INUENTAR of the guidis, geir, fowmes of money and 
debtis pertening to vmq 1 '' JONET BANNATYNE, fumtyme fpous to George Foidis of Ka- 



vel/Fone, Moi/ii-r ( '/tn^eour to his 3f uit'/tic within the hliujdume of Scotland., the tyine of 
hir deceis ; quha deceilt vpone the . . . day of March the ^eir of God I m VI e threttie ane 
;eiris ; rt'aithfullie maid and gevin vp be the laid George Foules, liir fpous, quhom fcho 
iiominatis hir onlie executour, in liir Latter Will vnderwrittine ; as the famyn, of the dait 
at Edin r the tuentie ane day of Februare, the 5eir of God foirfaid, fubfcryuit with his 
awin hand, in prefens of tlie witneffis wnderwrittin, mar at lenth beires. 
IN THE FIRST, the faid Jonat Bannatyiie, and liir faid fpous, had the guidis, geir, fowines 
ot money and debtis, of the availl and prices eftir following, pertening to thame the tyme 
of liir deceis foirfaid, viz. 

In utenceillis, and domiceillis, and filver werk in thair duelling places in Edin r and Revel- 
lloune, by (i. e. besides) the herfchip, with the abuiljementis and ornamentis of liir bodie, 
eftimat to the fowme of Ane thowfand pundis money. 

Summa of the Inventar, . . . . I m lib. 

Followcs the Dfbtis awin be the Deid. 

ITEM, thair was awin be the faid vmquhile Jonet Bannatyiie, and liir faid fpous, to John 

Brodie, thair feruand, of fie and bounteth, xx lib. 

ITEM, to Alex 1 Donaldfone, thair feruand, for his fie, . . five puudis. 

ITEM, to Margaret Waddell, thair fervitrice, for her fie and bounteth, tuentie pundis. 

ITEM, to Jonet Aikman, thair fervitrice, for hir fie and bounteth, . xx lib. 

ITEM, to Williame Dobic, thair fervitour, for his, . . iiij lib. 

Summa of the debtis awin be the deid, . . . Ixix lib. 

Reflis of frie geir, the debtis deducit, . . . l m ix c lj lib. 

To be devydit in thrie pairtis. Deidis pairt, j s. . vj c l li. vj s. 8 d. 

Quota, 24 lib. 

Followis the Deidis Lcf/acie and Latter Will. 

I JONET BANNATYNE^/^OZW to GEORGE FOULES of Ravel fioune, calling to mynd the cer- 
tantie of death, and the vncertaintie of the tyme thairof, liave refolved to declair my mynd, in 
fo far as concernes my worldlie efferes ; to the effect, my foull profperit, may with the moir 
fridome and alacritie attend the gudwill and plelour of my Creatour, Saviour and Sancttifiar ; 
as followes : I nominal and appoint my faid deirlie and beft beloved hulband my executour, 
for geving vp inventar of the guidis and geir pertening to me, for confirming this my Teftament 
and doing all vther thingis heirin, as is wnderwrittine. Item, I will and ordane my weilbe- 
lovit hufband, to provyde and bellow fucb competent provifiones and portiones of geir as he 
fall think fitt to our childring, PATRICK, ISSOBELL and ELIZABETH FOULES, quho are not 
as jit vtberwayes provydit, and that out of the fidl and reddieft of the moveables; and the 


fuperplus of the famyne to he devydit equallie amongft the reft of our childrene, prooreat 
betuixt ws. Item, I ordane two hundreth markis Scottis money to be gevin to the poore of 
the Hofpitall of Edin r , to he irnployit to the vfe of the poore within the famyn, be the Minif- 
teris of the faid hofpitall, with the advyce of my faid beloved hnlbaiul. Item, I leive, in 
takine of my love and motberlie aftectione, to my guid docliter Jonet Kirhicood, docliter to 
Gilbert Kirliwod of Pilrig, and to Elizabeth Ward/aw, docliter to Mr. William Wimllaw 
of Balmule, everie ane of thame ane goldin chenie, weyand at leifl thrie vnce wecht the 
peice. Item, I leive, in takine of my bleffing and motherlie aftectione, to my oycs, Sybil/a 
and Jonet Primroiffis, dochteris to Mr. Gilbert Primro/s, Clerk of his Ma li " Secreit Counfulb 
and to Jonet Hepbunte, docliter to Mr. Adam Hepburnc, feruitour to the Erie of Hading- 
toun, everie ane of my faid thrie oyes, ane gold chaine, weyand thrie vnce wecht the piece 
Item, I love to William Xijbitt, merchand burges of Edin r , and to IJJbbell Xi/oift, hisjj/tcr, 
and to IJJbbell and Marione Maicehenes, my kinsfolk, everie ane of thame ane hundreth 
pundis Scottis. Item, I leave to my kinfwomene Barbara Hay and Beffic. Mawckane, 
everie ane of thame, fowrfcoir merkis Scottis. Item, I leave to my kinfman William Ban- 
natyne, fan to James Bannatyne, M' of work to the iowne of Ed'tn!', ane hundreth merkis 
Scottis money, to be employit in helping him to (urn honeft trade. In witnefs of the pre- 
mifles, I have fubfcryuit thir prole mis (ivrittene be the faid Mr. Adeline Hepburne) with my 
hand, AT EDIN" the tuentie-ane day of Februare, J m VI c threttie and ane jeiris; hefoir thir 
witneffes, the faid Mr. Gilbert Primrois, Mr James Foules, my cldejt Jbne, and the laid Mr. 
Adam Hepburne. (Sic fubfcribitur) JONET BANNA TYNE. 

Mr. G. Prymroi/e, witnes ; J. Foules, witnes ; A. Hepbvrne, witnes. 

We S r Jerome Lindfay, &c. ratifies, &c. and geves and commutes the intromiffione with 
the famyne to the faid, &c. reforvand ane compt, &c. And being fivorne, &c. and fand 
George Foules, his Jeeond Itiirftil/Jbne cfitiliovne : As ane act maid thairanent beris. 


THE TESTAMENT DATIUE and INVENTAR of the guidis, geir, fowmes of money and 
debtis, pertaining to vmquhile GEORGE FOWLLIS, Maifter of his Majejiies Cunyie- 
honfe, the tyme of his deceis, quha deceift vpone the xxviij day of Maij, 1635 5eris ; 
taithfullie maid and gevin vp be George Fonllis of Revelfioun, Jbne lawfull to the de- 
funct, and executor dative furrogat to him, in plaice of the Procuratour Fifcall, be 
Decreet of the CommiUkris of Edin r : As the famyn Decreet, of the dait at Edin r the 

day of 1638 5eris, mare at lenth beris. 

IN THE FIRST, the faid vmquhile George Fonllis had nane utliir guidis, gere, fowmes 

of money nor debtia pertening to him the tyme of his deceis forefaid, except the particular!* 

following, viz. 


ITEM, in utenceillia and domiceillis, witb the abulzementis of the clefunctis bodie, by the 
airfchip, eftimat to the fowme of . I m iij c xxxiij lib. vj s. viij d. 

Na debtis awin to tlie deid. 

Followis the Debtis awin be Utc Deid. 

ITEM, tliair was awin be the faid George Foullis to Agnes FouWis^/ervand, for an jeris 
tie and bounteth, . ..... xl lib. 

ITEM, to Elfpeth Saidler, fervand, for ane seris fie and bounteth, . xj lib. 

ITEM, to Marg' Fergufone, fervand, for ane 5eris fie and bounteth, . xiijlib. xs. 

ITEM, to Alex r Donaldfone, fervand, for ane 5eris fie and bounteth, xxvj lib. xiij s. iiij d. 
ITEM, to Williame lluflell, fervand, for ane jeris Se and bounteth, . xxiiijlib. 

ITEM, to Jolm Tait, gairner, for ane 5eris fie and bounteth, Ixvj lib. xiijs. iiij d. 

ITEM, to , for drogis and medicameutis, fnrniflit to the 

defunct the tyme of his feiknes, .... j c liiij lib. xj s. 

Summa of the debtis aiwin be the deid, . . iij cx 'j lib. ij s. viij d. 

Reft of frie geir, the debtis deducet, . . ixlxxxxij lib. xij s. 

To be devydit in twa pairtes. 

Quota, 18 lib. Deidis pairt, j s. . . . iiij c lxxxxvj lib. ij s. 

No. IV. 



As Phebus bricht in fpeir mercdiane, 
E of the warld. and !amp etheriall, 

Paffis tlie licht that cleipit is Dyane, 
Quhen fcho is lucent, round as ony ball, 
And Lucifair all vther fternis fmall ; 

My Lady fo in bewty dois abound 

Aboif all vthir ladeis on the ground. 

Hir hair difplayit as the goldin wyre 

APPENDIX. No. IV. 117 

Aboif hir held, with bemys radient, 
Is lyk ane bus that birnys iu the fyre 10 

With flatninys reid but fumys elevant ; 

War nocht fcho is furn tiling too variant, 
I niyclit of refibue fay, that ilame Nature 
Forinit nevir in erd fo fair a creature. 

My liairt, that nevir wes thirlit vnto wicht, 15 

In deidly dwalmys fowpit is for evir, 
For luve of hir that is my Lady bricht ; 

Quhois plefant lials is quliytter tlia the evir, 

Or fnaw but fpot that fallis in the revir j 

Tlie fragrant balme of odour confortatyve 20 

May noclit for fweitnefs with hir lippis ftrive. 

Thow drery goll, that dwynriis in difpair, 

Pafs witli this bill vnto my Lady fweit, 
And, in to prefens of hir vifage fair, 

Vpon thy kneis tliow fall befoir hir feit, 2 5 

Afkand hir mercy, with thy cheikis weit, 
To confort me of my woundis fmert, 
Quhome dart of luve lies perfit throw the liert. 

Sen Athropos my fatell threid lies worne, 

In plenyug foir, and rewthfull womentiug, 30 

And that afperans is non vnto the morne, 

Of my pure hairt dyand in lang wyfing, 

Thow bury my corps but ony tareing ; 
For Acteon wes llanit at the well, 
Be wreth of Dyane, with his awin houndis fell. 33 

O thunderane boir, in thy moft awfull rege, 

Quhy will tliow nocht me with thy tufkis ryve ? 
Sen no thing may my grevous paine affuage 

Bot fcho, quhilk is the revar of my lyve, 

With fichis foir, and cairis pungetyve; 

118 APPENDIX. No. IV. 

Quhairthrow my blude refoluit is in tains, 
And 5 it no rewtb in to hir hairt appeiris. 

God gife it wer my fatell aventure 

To fecht aganis hir fayis to the deid, 
With fpeir and fcheild, and all that I might fare, 45 

To pruve hir flour and well of womanheid ! 

Howbeit it wer nocht to my lyfe remeid ; 
It wald me fuffyifs, fen that fcho hes no maik, 
Till end my lyfe iu battell for hir faik. 

3it I befeik hir for the grit delyte 50 

That femyt in hir bewty natural!, 
With rewthfull prefens of her vifage quhyt, 

Scho wald decoir my feiftis funerall ! 

That luvaris mycht efpy, in general!, 

Gif that hir ene, for weping, mycht indure 55 

To luke vpon my rewthfull fepvilture. 


No woundir is althocht my hairt be thrall 

To 5ow, I wifs, the flour of rourtefy, 
For quliy? 5 our name and fame fo fpreidis our all 

That 30 ar held to be the A perfe 

In vyrtew, meiknefs, trewtli, and equitie ; 5 

And eik to this, jour proper perfoun fair 

Is fo weill maid in all maner degre, 
That non to me falbe fo fingulare. 

Heirfoir I will rycht humly 5ow imploir 

To lat fum ftremys of grace on me diflil ; 10 

For non hot 30 my gladnes may reftoir, 

Becaus both lyfe and deth lyis in 5 our will ; 

For, as je lift, ^e may me faif or fpill 
With 5 our one wirrl, fo ftand I in ^our cure ; 

APPENDIX. No. IV. 119 

Sen I thairfoir am fubject 3OW vntill, 15 

Latt me noclit fuerf jour faytlifull feruiture. 

For my grene ^owtli is lyk the withering hay, 

So foir I am ourfett with iichingis feir ; 
My rofy lippis are woxin paill and blay, 

Thruch only thocht of ,ow, my Lady deir ; 20 

And tliair is non may be my medfoneir, 
Bot 5 our favour, quhilk gif I do obteine, 

I fall revert, as dois the reid rofeir, 
Frefeheft of hew in fomer fefoon grene. 

And fen I am fo trublit in my thocht, 25 

Lat noclit deley be ane occafioun 
To place difpair quhair howp and trull lies wrocht ; 

Bot grant with fpeid fum confolatiouu, 

That pety having dorm'natioun 
Within 5 our breift, I may fum grace purchefs SO 

Of my murnyng and lamentatioun, 
Quhilkis I fullene for jOW, my fair Maiftrefs. 

No thing of rycht I aflc, my Lady fair, 

Bot of fre will and mercy me to faif ; 
Sour will is 5 our awin, as reffoun wald it ware, 35 

Thairfoir of grace, and noclit of rycht, I craif 

Of 5OW mercy, as je wald mercy haif 
Off God our Lord, quhois mercyis infeneit 

Gois befoir all his werkis, we may perfaif, 
To thame quhois handis with mercy ar repleit. 40 

And gif that I be fund to 50W vntrew, 

Wilfull, heichty, or eik in ony wayis 
Jeloufs, vnkynd, or chengeing for ane new ; 

A value wantour, or rebelling to your fervyia, 

As traitouris fals lies bene befoir oft fyis, 45 

Quhois vntrew hairtis garris trew folkis leif in wo; 

120 APPENDIX. No. IV. 

Than for my gilt no torment culd fuffyis, 
Bot I prayfe God it ftandis noclit ivith me fo. 

Now to conclude with wordis compendious : 

Wald God my tong wald to my will refpond, 50 

And eik my fpeich wer fo facundious, 

That I wer full of rethore termys jocond ! 
Than fuld my lufe at moir lenth be expend, 
Than my cunnyng can to 5ow heir declair; 

For this my ftyle inornetly compond, 55 

Efchamys my pen 3 our eiris to truble mair. 

Nocht ellis thairfoir I wryt to 3ow, my fweit, 

Bot with meik hairt, and quaking pen and hand, 
Proftratis my feruice law doim at jour feit, 

Bot nycht and day quhill I may gang or (land ; 60 

Praying the Lord, of pety excelland, 
To plant in ^ow ane petifull hairt and mynd, 

Conducting jow to joy everlafland, 
Both now and ay, and fo I mak ane end. 

Go to my deir with huinmill reuerence, 65 

Thow bony bill, both rude and jinperfyte, 
Go nocht will forgit flattery to hir prefence, 

As is of falfet the cuftome vfe and ryte ; 

Caufs me noclit BAN that evir I thfi indyte, 
NA TYNE my travell, turnyng all in vane; 

Bot with ane faithfull hairt, in werd and wryte, 
Declair my mynd, and bring me joy agane. 

My name qulia lift to Jmaw, lot him tak tent 
Vnto this littill verfe nixt prefedent. 



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