and THE DOUGLAS TRAGEDY
DRYBURGH ABBEY on the wooded banks of the River Tweed was founded in 1150 and is now the final resting place of writer Sir Walter Scott and First World War Commander, Field Marshall Earl Haig, who lived nearby at Bemersyde.
John Duns Scotus c.1265.–1308), a Franciscan priest was one of the most important and influential philosopher-theologians of the Middle Ages. He was born in Duns, Berwickshire, educated in Melrose, Dumfries and Oxford and served the church in Paris and Cologne where he died. But his teaching split the church between Franciscan and Dominican schools of thought. Duns Scotus was beatified by Pope John Paul ll in 1993.
Duns Scotus fell out of favour in the 16th century, by which time his followers were derided for their dullness and obstinacy - and so the term "Dunce" came into the language.
THE DOUGLAS TRAGEDY is a ballad featured in Sir Walter Scott's "Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders". it tells a romantic but sad story story, set at Blackhouse Tower on the Douglas Burn in the Yarrow Valley - a stronghold of the Douglas family, with seven sons and daughter Lady Margaret.
A local nobleman, Lord William, and Lady Margaret, fell in love. The couple eloped, but they were intercepted by father Douglas and his sons, who one by one were felled.
Sir Wailliam survived but was badly injured and died in his lover's arms. Lady Margaret, unable to bear the loss of her fmaily and lover died of greif and was bureid alongside William in St. Mary's Church. It is said that out of each grave grew a brier which entwined into one.
Like to many a ballad, it is long (20 verses) but here are some to read and enjoy the beauty of the language.
|And all true lovers that go thegither,|
| May they have mair luck than they!|