They war twa bonnie lasses,
An theekit it owre wi rashes.
[biggit = built; theekit = thatched, covered; happit = wrapped; frae = from; baith = both; thegither = together; thocht = thought; maun = must; haugh = level ground on the banks of a river; beik = bask]
When I came first to Lednock, I was shewn in a part of my ground (called the Dranoch-haugh) an heap of stones almost covered with briers, thorns and fern, which they assured me was burial place of Bessie Bell and Mary Gray. The tradition of the country relating to these ladys is, that Mary Gray's father was laird of Lednock and Bessie Bell's of Kinvaid, a place in this neighbourhood; that they were both very handsome, and an intimate firendship subsisted between them; that while Miss Bell was on a visit to Miss Gray, the plague broke out in the year 1666 [should be 1645]; in order to avoid which they built themselves a bowerabotu three uqarters of a mile west of Lednock House, in a very retired and romantic place called Burn-braes, on the side of Brauchie-burn.