|114||LIVES OF EMINENT SCOTSMEN.|
Cleland, [note] Lieut. Col. of the Cameronian regiment, who fell in the battle of Dunkeld, wrote a volume
| But those who were their chief commanders, |
As such who bore the pirnie standards;
Who led the van, and drove the rear,
Were right well mounted in their gear;
With brogues, trues, and prime plaids,
With good blue bonnets on their heads,
Which on the one side had a flipe
Adorned with a tobacco pipe;
With cork, and snap-work,* and snuff-mill,
A bag which they with onions fill;
And as their strict observers say,
A tupe-horn tilled with usquebay;
A slasht-out coat beneath her plaids,
A targe of timber, nails, and hides,
With a long two-handed sword.
In nothing they're accounted sharp,†
Except in bagpipe and in harp.
| * Pistol. † Skilled. |
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In Watson's [note]
Collection of Scots' Poems, [note] it is said that Lieut.
| In conceit, like Phaëton |
I'll mount Phœbus' chair,
Having ne'er a hat on,
All my hairs a burning,
In my journeying,
Hurrying through the air.
| Fain would I hear his fiery horses neighing! |
And see how they on foaming bits are playing;
All the stars and planets I will be surveying,
Hallo! my fancie, whither wilt thou go?