In my youth, I squired to Balladyne, called a freebooter, who rode with the Warden of Dumfries or the Keeper of Tynedale or Lord Scroop at Carlisle, or whoever might his hungry purse fill, for in those days War was Gospel and hot Porridge in the Borderland betwixt Tweed Mouth and Sark.
Richard Crichton steeped in to provide a very evocative reading for this story. I love writing these 17th century 'Border ballad' style ghost stories. How right Walter Scott was to seize on this period for adventure and romance. It's not a ghost story, but everyone should try George MacDonald Fraser's 'Candlemass Road' (1993) which is written in a fantastic imitation of Elizabethan English. Fans of paganism might read something into the sisters' identities as maiden, mother and crone and 'Macbeth' fans might chew on this too.
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