Annie Laurie

was eldest of the three daughters of Sir Robert Laurie of Maxwellton, born December 16, 1682. William Douglas, of Fingland (Kirkcudbright), wrote the popular song, but Annie married, in 1709, James Fergusson, of Craigdarroch, and was the mother of Alexander Fergusson, the hero of Burns's song called The Whistle.

William Douglas was the hero or the song “Willie was a wanton wag.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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