Katherine Jaffray (Child ballad #221)
See also: Hembrick Town (Kenneth Peacock)

There lived a lass in yonder dale
And down in yonder glen,
And Katherine Jaffray was her name,
Well known by many men.

Out came the Lord of Lauderdale,
Out from the South country,
All for to court this pretty maid,
Her bridegroom for to be.

He told her father and mother both,
And all the rest of her kin,
And had told the lass herself,
And her consent did win.

Then came the Lord of Lochinton,
Out from the English border,
All for to court this pretty maid,
Well mounted in good order.

He told her father and mother both,
As I heard sundry say,
But he had not told the lass herself,
Till on her wedding day.

When day was set, and friends were met,
And married they were to be,
Lord Lauderdale came to the place,
The bridal for to see.

"O, are you come for sport, young man?
Or are you come for play?
Or are you come for a sight of our bride,
Just on her wedding day?"

"I'm neither come for sport," he says,
"Nor am I come for play;
But if I had one sight of your bride,
I'd mount and ride away."

There was a glass of the red wine,
Filled up for them between,
And yes, she drank to Lauderdale,
Who her true love had been.

Then he took her by the milk-white hand,
And by the grass-green sleeve,
And he mounted her behind him there,
From the bridegroom, he asked no leave.

Then the blood run down by the Cowden Banks,
And down by Cowden Braes,
And yes, she heard the trumpet sound,
"O, this is foul, foul play!"

Now all you that in England are,
Or are in England born,
Come never to Scotland to court a lass,
Or else you'll get the scorn.

They hike you up and settle you by,
Till on your wedding day,
And give you frogs instead of fish,
And play you foul, foul play.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a Scottish traditional ballad (Child ballad #221) The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) Francis James Child, Editor (Dover, 1964). Also a variant of a British broadside ballad, The Squire Of Edinburgh, published by H Such (London) sometime between 1849 and 1862, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(2364) ....####
A variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1958 from Clarence Bennett [1926-1993] of St Paul's NL, and published as Hembrick Town in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.200-201, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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