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Tradition says that Catherine Douglas, in honour of her
heroic act when she barred the door with her arm against
the murderers of James the First of Scots, received popu-
larly the name of “Barlass.” This name remains to her
descendants, the Barlas family, in Scotland, who bear for
their crest a broken arm. She married Alexander Lovell of
A few stanzas from King James's lovely poem known as
The King's Quair Quhair , are quoted in the course of this ballad.
The writer must express regret for the necessity which has
compelled him to shorten the ten-syllabled lines to eight
syllables, in order that they might harmonize with the ballad