The Water is Wide

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For works with similar titles, see Jamie Douglas.
The Water is Wide

The story of the end of the marriage between James Douglas, 2nd Marquess of Douglas (c.1646 – 25 February 1700) and Lady Barbara Erskine is immortalized in the popular ballad Waly Waly, which is known by many alternative titles (e.g. Jamie Douglas, When Cockleshells Turn Silver Bells, The Water Is Wide) with many alternative lyrics and melodies. If the lyrics are to be believed, in 1681 a rumor apparently was put to Douglas by Lowrie of Blackwood that Erskine had been sleeping with another man, and Douglas promptly dropped her. Her father took her home and she never remarried.

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