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Monday 28 July 2014: Seaton Park

Last night there were four Marys
Tonight there'll be but three
There was Mary Seaton and Mary Beaton
And Mary Carmichael and me.

Oh, often have I dressed my Queen
And put on her braw silk gown
But all the thanks I've got tonight
Is to be hanged in Edinburgh Town.

Seaton Park has nothing to do with Mary Seaton, and the ballad may well be about Mary Hamilton, lady-in-waiting to Catherine I of Russia rather than Mary Queen of Scots. However, it's hard to walk past the beautiful beds of annuals like Love-in-a-mist, snapdragons or marigolds without reciting.

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