E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Meg Merrilies (in Sir W. Scotts Guy Mannering).
This character was based on that of Jean Gordon, an inhabitant of the village of Kirk Yetholm, in the Cheviot Hills, in the middle of the eighteenth century. A sketch of Jean Gordons life will be found in Blackwoods Magazine, vol. i. p. 54. She is a half-crazy sibyl or gipsy.