E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Barthrams Dirge (in Sir Walter Scotts Border Minstrelsy).
Sir Noel Paton, in a private letter, says: The subject of this dirge was communicated to Sir Walter as a genuine fragment of the ancient Border Muse by his friend Mr. Surtees, who is in reality its author. The ballad has no foundation in history; and the fair lady, her lover, and the nine brothers, are but the creation of the poets fancy. Sir Noel adds: I never painted a picture of this subject, though I have often thought of doing so. The engraving which appeared in the Art Journal was executed without my concurrence from the oil sketch, still, I presume, in the collection of Mr. Pender, the late M.P., by whom it was brought to the Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy here (at Edinburgh) November 19th, 1866.