Excerpt from Cheviot: A Poetical Fragment
Otterburn was the scene of the great battle between Percy and Douglas, in 1388; in which Douglas was slain, and Percy, the fa mous Hotspur, defeated, and, with his brother Ralph Percy, taken prisoner. The family of Hall was settled he... re for several centuries, and seems to have been the head of a numerous clan, the surname being to this day the most common one in that neighbourhood. John Hall, Esq. The gentleman here apostrophised, joined in the bellion of 1715, was taken prisoner at Preston, and died at Tyburn, by his own declaration, a most determined Jacobite. By his attain der, the estate was forfeited to the crown.
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