Daughter of a Perthshire Jacobite,
Carolina Oliphant married William Nairne and called herself Mrs
Bogan of Bogan to write her songs, many of which are still widely
popular today, including Caller Herrin, Will ye no come back
again? and The Auld Hoose.
Laird o Cockpen
by Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne
The laird o Cockpen,
hes proud an hes great,
His mind is taen up wi things o the State;
He wanted a wife his braw house to keep,
But favour wi wooin was fashous to seek.
Down by the dyke-side a
lady did dwell,
At his table head he thought shed look well,
McClishs ae daughter o Claverse-ha Lee,
A penniless lass wi a lang pedigree.
His wig was weel poutherd,
and as gude as new;
His waistcoat was white, his coat it was blue;
He put on a ring, a sword and cockd hat,
And wha could refuse the laid wi a that?
He took the grey mare,
and rade cannily,
An rapped at the yett o Claverse-ha Lee;
Gae tell Mistress Jean to come speedily ben,
Shes wanted to speak to the laird o Cockpen.'
Mistress Jean was
makin the elder-flower wine.
An what brings the laird at sic a like time?
She put aff her apron, and on her silk gown,
Her mutch wi red ribbons, and gaed awa down.
An when she cam ben
she bowed fu low,
An what was his errand he soon let her know;
Amazed was the laird when the lady said Na,
And wi a laigh curtsie she
Dumfounderd he was,
nae sigh did he gie,
He mounted his mare he rade cannily;
And aften he thought, as he gaed thro the glen,
Shes daft to refuse the laird o Cockpen.
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