Jock Milne o Livet's Glen received a tenancy that he wanted after composing the following verses:
The rich man's mean an hard,
They wouldna grant a poor man a kailyard [cabbage patch].
The tenants wish an wish in vain
For the noble Gordons back again.
Well had it gone by the male race
No English lord dare hauld his place,
For had it gone by the male line
Oor duke wad been brave lord o Boyne.
Afterwards the poet said, alluding to two farmers that he thought had been instrumental in frustrating him:
Had I been a such as Lettoch or Belno,
I'd got that yard long long ago.