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Thread #11036   Message #754735
Posted By: Melani
25-Jul-02 - 10:56 PM
Thread Name: Geordie song - who's Charlie Hay?
Subject: RE: Geordie song - who's Charlie Hay?
Malcolm, thanks once again for the cool links in the previous thread. I recently learned the Burns version (which I like much better than the other) and tried looking up George Gordon in the only relevent reference I had lying around the house, which is "Mary, Queen of Scots" by Antonia Fraser. There was quite a bit in a chapter titled "The Fall of Huntly". The whole bunch of them were presented as a powerful and fairly obstreperous family. I couldn't find any mention of Sir Charlie Hay, but I'm guessing if we do enough research on the reign of James V or James VI, we might come up with something. The Scottish nobles of that period were forever doing each other in in complex feuds.