No: 234; variant: 234B
- CHARLIE M’PHERSON, that brisk Highland laddie,
At Valentine even he came to Kinadie:
- To court her Burd Helen, baith waking and sleeping;
Joy be wi them that has her a keeping!
- Auldtown and Muirtown, likewise Billy Beg,
All gaed wi Charlie, for to be his guide.
- Jamie M’Robbie, likewise Wattie Nairn,
All gaed wi Charlie, for to be his warran.
- When they came to Kinadie, they knockd at the door;
When nae ane woud answer, they gaed a loud roar.
- ‘Ye’ll open the door, mistress, and lat us come in;
For tidings we’ve brought frae your appearant guid-son.’
- For to defend them, she was not able;
They bangd up the stair, sat down at the table.
- ‘Ye’ll eat and drink, gentlemen, and eat at your leisure;
Nae thing’s disturb you, take what’s your pleasure.’
- ‘O madam,’ said he, ‘I’m come for your daughter;
Lang hae I come to Kinadie and there sought her.
- ‘Now she’s gae wi me for mony a mile,
Before that I return unto the West Isle.’
- ‘My daughter’s not at home, she is gone abroad;
Ye darena now steal her, her tocher is guid.
- ‘My daughter’s in Whitehouse, wi Mistress Dalgairn;
Joy be wi them that waits on my bairn!’
- The swords an the targe that hang about Charlie,
They had sic a glitter, and set him sae rarelie!
- They had sic a glitter, and kiest sic a glamour,
They showed mair light than they had in the chamour.
- To Whitehouse he went, and when he came there
Right sair was his heart when he went up the stair.
- Burd Helen was sitting by Thomas’ bed-side,
And all in the house were addressing her, bride.
- ‘O farewell now, Helen, I’ll bid you adieu;
Is this a’ the comfort I’m getting frae you?
- ‘It was never my intention ye shoud be the waur;
My heavy heart light on Whitehouse o Cromar!
- ‘For you I hae travelled full mony lang mile,
Awa to Kinadie, far frae the West Isle.
- ‘But now ye are married, and I am the waur;
My heavy heart light on Whitehouse o Cromar!’