Aberdeenshire Folk Tales - download pdf or read online

By Grace Banks

ISBN-10: 0752497855

ISBN-13: 9780752497853

The folklore of the North East presents a wealthy tapestry for the stories inside; from Celtic and Pictish origins meet witches, selkies, smugglers, fairies, monsters, despicable rogues, riddles and heroes. Tragic occasions, spellbinding characters, humour, romance and smart minds are certain jointly by way of well-established storytellers residing and dealing within the urban and shire of Aberdeen. the various stories during this assortment are in accordance with old truth whereas others are embedded in delusion and legend. all of the tales are set opposed to the backdrop of this wonderful and sundry panorama.

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The judge smiled, relieved at that, and clapped Hamish on the back in a friendly manner. As for Hamish, he was glad to leave Tarland that day and return to the wee glen. There he found the three women, and as far as I know, he married Maggie, and they lived happily together for the rest of their lives. But if ever you hear a thumping from the hills, it may be that Maggie and Hamish are having a toss the tree competition. MARY ELPHINSTONE Mary Elphinstone’s story is well known in this area, and her grave can still be found within the graveyard at Inverurie in front of the Bass, the remains of a motte and bailey castle from the eleventh century.

The coachman again handed the reins to Jeemsie, and he set off to collect his strange passengers from an old mansion house near the kirkyard. This time, two people came out; a young woman with a newborn baby in her arms, both of them mute as stones, and dressed in white. After he had settled them inside the coach, the strange coachman leapt up onto the driving seat, took back the reins and with a soft ‘Hup’, he encouraged the horses to trot on. They rode on until they were within 2 miles of the Brig o’ Gairn, at the ruined Catholic chapel and the burial ground of Dalfad.

It was brought to the Scottish Parliament on 29 May 1563, seven months after his death. There his coffin lid was opened and the coffin propped up so that the earl might hear the charges against him. The court ruled that the Gordon estates be forfeited. Huntly’s body lay unburied in Holyrood Abbey for three years. After this, it was returned to Moray for burial at Elgin Cathedral. His valuables were taken to Holyrood Palace. When Mary was imprisoned at Loch Leven, she was given the earl’s cloth-of-estate.

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