The Border Ballads
Discover the stories behind Sir Walter Scott's 'Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border', published in 1802.
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Costumed figures - Kinmont Willie
Costume figures telling the story of William Armstrong of Kinmont (known as Kinmont Willie), a Border ‘reiver’ (raider).
Object number SML030
Costumed figure - The Lament of the Border Widow
Here we see a grieving widow carrying her husband’s body on her back.
Object number SML034
Costumed figures - Young Walter with Aunt Janet
Costume figures of a young Sir Walter Scott and his Aunt Janet (known as Jenny).
Object number SML038
Costumed figures - The Ladies from Sir Patrick Spens
A costume figure scene from the Ballad of 'Sir Patrick Spens'.
Object number SML036
Costumed figures - Johnnie Armstrong
This scene is taken from the Ballad of 'Johnnie Armstrong'.
Object number SML035
Costumed figures - The Lament of the Queen's Marie
Mary, Queen of Scots sits with her four waiting ladies - all called Mary.
Object number SML037
Costumed figures - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
This scene is taken from Sir Walter Scott's ballad 'The Lay of the Last Minstrel'.
Object number SML041
Costumed figure - Walter reading Bishop Percy's Reliques of Ancient Poetry
Here we see Sir Walter Scott reading Bishop Thomas Percy's 'Reliques of Ancient Poetry'.
Object number SML039
Costumed figures - Mrs Hogg chants a Ballad to Walter Scott, Willie Laidlaw & James Hogg
A costume figure scene showing the moment that Sir Walter Scott hears Mrs Hogg's songs for the first time.
Object number SML040
Costumed figure - Thomas the Rhymer
A costume figure scene from Sir Walter Scott's ballad of 'Thomas the Rhymer'.
Object number SML027
Costumed figures - The Young Tamlane
This scene is from the supernatural ballad 'The Young Tamlane'.
Object number SML025
Costumed figure - The Queen of Fairies
The Queen of Fairies is a key character in the supernatural ballad 'The Young Tamlane'.
Object number SML024
Costumed figures - Annie and Her Sister from Lord Thomas and Fair Annie
This scene shows characters from the ballad 'Lord Thomas and Fair Annie'.
Object number SML032
Costumed figures - Jamie Telfer of the Fair Dodhead
This scene is from the ballad 'Jamie Telfer of the Fair Dodhead'.
Object number SML031
Costumed figure - The Douglas from The Battle of Otterbourne
A costume figure of James, the second Earl of Douglas, from the ballad 'The Battle of Otterbourne'.
Object number SML033
Costumed figures - The Twa Corbies
This scene is from the ballad 'The Twa Corbies'.
Object number SML028
Costumed figures - The Daemon Lover
A costume figure scene from the supernatural ballad 'The Daemon Lover'.
Object number SML029
Costumed figures - The Wife of Usher's Well
A costume figure scene from the ballad 'The Wife of Usher's Well'.
Object number SML026