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RHYMES ON PLACES. 61
light, being an only son, at least by the mother's side. The
saying-, as recollected by me, was this, but I have never
heard or seen it since I was nine years of age —
Brig of Balgownie, black's your wa' ;
Wi' a wife's ae son, and a mear's ae foal,
Down ye shall fa' !'
Byron — Note to Don Juan.
It is said that a recent Earl of Aberdeen, who was the sole
son of his mother, used to dismount from his horse and
walk along the bridge of Don, causing' the animal to be
brought after him by another person.
THE RIVER AVEN.
The river Aven, in Aberdeenshire, issues in a large
stream from its lake, and flows with so great pellucidity
through its deep, dark glen, that many accidents have oc-
curred to strangers by its appearing fordable in places
which proved to be of fatal depth. This quahty is marked
by an old doggrel proverb —
The water of Aven runs so clear,
*Twould beguile a man of a hvmdred year.
FullartorCs Gazetteer.
THE BRIDGE OF TURREFF.
The brig o' Turry
'S half-way between Aberdeen and Elgin in Murray.
The village of Turreff was the scene of a skirmish be-
tween the north country loyalists and the Covenanters,
May 14, 1639, when the latter were surprised and driven
from the place with some loss. The affair got a nickname,
and * Weary fa' the Trot d' Turry ! ' was long a proverbial
saying.
BANFFSHIRE.
CORNCAIRN.
A' the wives o' Comcairn,
Drilling up their hai-n yarn ;
They ha'e corn, they lia'e kye,
They ha'e webs o' claith forbye.
'CoRNCAiRN is an extensive and fertile district in the

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