Music: Scotch Romance

In 1707 Scotland was struggling to preserve its Presbyterianism, establish free trade with the English colonies, seat her peers in the House of Lords. But in a lonely castle on Maxwelton's hillside the year's real problem was a pretty, dark-eyed girl who fancied she loved a rakish soldier. The girl was Annie Laurie. The soldier, one Willie Douglas of Fingland, wrote verses to her, offered to lay himself "doon an' dee." Annie Laurie's parents locked her in her stone-walled bedroom until she stopped her mooning, sadly consented to marry respectable Alexander Fergusson who had rich holdings in Cragdarroch...

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