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Thread #29761   Message #3480013
Posted By: maeve
15-Feb-13 - 10:58 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Black Horse (Archie Fisher)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Black Horse by Archie Fisher
A few clarifications for BigDaddy and other interested parties:

The correct title of the poem is 'The Black Horse'.

*A lurcher is a breed of dog; energetic, loves to run and chase game.
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/lurcher.htm

*Ruberslaw- village and a hill, Scottish Borders; part of the grouping of Hobkirk, Southdean and Ruberslaw, near Denholm.

*Bowmont Forest- south of Kelso

*Kale- Kalemouth, where the Kale Water joins the Teviot

*Gary Guragh's crest- a hamlet on the banks of Loch Garry with a hunting lodge where endurance riders stopped by.

*hanging bog- a quaking bog; floating peat that quivers when you walk across it.

*corry- 'a rounded glen is coire, a cauldron, corry ;
often narrow at the mouth.' http://www.archive.org/stream/placenamesofross00watsuoft/placenamesofross00watsuoft_djvu.txt

Thus Stanza #1:
"Through hanging bog and corry to Garry Goulach's crest
I've swung to many's the saddle since on bay and chestnut too"