Queen Mary's Visit Past the Cleugh to Jedburgh 1566

This poem by Walter Laidlaw will give you goosebumps as you imagine the maginificent Mary Queen of Scots entering Jedburgh via the Cleugh. You can almost see the marvellous procession, with soldiers dressed in shining armour, and the smell of musk in the air.

 

QUEEN MARY'S VISIT TO ON 9TH OCTOBER I566  

It was a bonnie autumn morn

When rainbow tints the woods adorn

The sun rose o er the Cheviots high

Midst glowing clouds of purple dye

Aurora smiling to behold

The hills all crowned with burnished gold

While sparkling bright in sunny beams

There flowed sweet Teviot's winding streams

On every tower and turret high

The old historic banners fly

With pride the patriots behold

A green silk flag with cross of gold

Taken and was with triumph borne

Byjethartmen from Bannockburn

At the West Port the bugle sounds

Till every hill and glen resounds

The clang of bells and deafening cheer

Told that the cavalcade was near

The polished armour shining bright

All flashing back the morning light

Amidst the foremost rank is seen

Auld Scotia's own belovéd Queen

The ancient crown she nobly wore

With majesty the sceptre bore

While bishops lords and ladies fair

And gallant Border chiefs were there

Brave Fernieherst and bold Cleugh

With their retainers stern and true

The Port gates they re thrown open wide

And burghers hail their Queen with pride

The bells ring out a merry peal

The bugle sounds both loud and shrill

The old town piper's rousing strain

Was Welcome Stewart back again

 

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