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This ballad was written in 1754 about Robin Oig, youngest son of Rob Roy MacGregor.  It tells the tale of when Robin Oig came down to the Lowlands to find a wife.   He kidnapped a young divorcee who had written him love letters, carried her to his home in the Highlands, and forcible married her.  She resisted, and although this was a fairly common practice which usually carried with it a light penalty, Robin was jailed along with all his brothers, and he was later hung.    His oldest brother, James Mohr, escaped when his wife dressed up as a man, and sneaked into his cell.  James dressed in her clothes, and went to France.


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