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Nine lasses in Carsewell,
And not a lad among them all !
These are farmsteads upon the south side of the Pentland
Hills, about nine miles from Edinburgh. Between Little-
coats and Luckenhouses runs a rivulet called the Dead-
mail's Grain, which received its name from a remarkable
circumstance. One of the Covenanters, flying* from Rullion
Green, mounted the horse of a slain dragoon a little way
from the field of battle, but was immediately and closely
pursued. In this extremity he took one of the pistols from
the holster before him, and, by a Parthian manoeuvre, fired
it beneath his left arm at his enemies ; but was thus so un-
fortunate as to destroy his only chance of escape, by wound-
ing" his own horse in the flank, whereupon he was caught
and slain. In commemoration of this event, the place was
called the Deadman's Grain, the latter word signifying the
place of junction of two small mountain-rills which happen
to meet in a forked manner. The nine lasses of Carsewell,
whose situation must have been none of the most cheering,
belonged, says tradition, to one farmer's family, named
It is a common story that an unfortunate lady, whose
first name was Ailie (Anglice, Alice), lived with a Duke of
Hamilton, a great number of years ago, at Kinneil House.
She is said to have put an end to her existence by throw-
ing herself from the walls of the castle into the deep ravine
below, through which the Gilburn descends. Her spirit is
supposed to haunt this glen ; and it is customary for the
children of Linlithgowshire, on dark and stormy nights,
to say —
Lady, Lady Lilburn,
Hunts in the Gilburn.
It is more likely that Lady Lilburn was the wife of the
celebrated Cromwellian colonel, who for a time occupied
Kinneil House.

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