The Lads of Wamphray

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The Lads of Wamphray is Child ballad 184, existing in fragmentary form. According to Walter Scott and others, the ballad concerns a 16th-century feud between reiving families from Wamphray in the Scottish Borders.

Synopsis[edit]

The ballad opens with a description of the robberies of the Galiard and Galiard's men before the text breaks off.

When the ballad resumes, the Galiard has taken a horse, but it proves not fast enough; he is captured, and his captors hang him. His nephew sees, raises men, and avenges his death. They return home safely.

Adaptations[edit]

Percy Grainger took inspiration from this for his 1905 work The Lads Of Wamphray March, his first composition for wind band.

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