Aberdeenshire Folk Tales by Grace Banks

By Grace Banks

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 via well-established storytellers dwelling and dealing within the urban and shire of Aberdeen. a number of the stories during this assortment are in keeping with old truth whereas others are embedded in fantasy and legend. all of the tales are set opposed to the backdrop of this beautiful and sundry panorama.

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Knock Castle is a ruin of four storeys, located on the top of a grassy hill to the west of the ancient Brig o’ Muick. The word knock comes from the Gaelic cnoc, a knoll, which afforded the Gordons a commanding view of the area. The building stands on a road that goes on to pass Abergeldie Castle, and carries on up to Balmoral. The first floor contained the Castle hall, and there was also an enclosed courtyard and a vaulted basement. The actual tower was erected in 1600, but the tale of the Gordon-Forbes feud began several years earlier.

My sowel is perjured sair, tellin fortunes, tellin fortunes My sowel is perjured sair, aa’ wi’ tellin fortunes Tellin fortunes aa day lang, aa’ wi’ tellin fortunes Tellin fortunes aa day lang, aa’ wi’ tellin fortunes. When I’m deid and in my grave, I’ll fin peace and I’ll fin rest When I’m deid and in my grave, then I’ll fin my rest Then I’ll tak a lang, lang sleep, then I’ll get my rest Then I’ll tak a lang, lang sleep, then I’ll get my rest! A favourite over-wintering campsite for the Deeside travelling folk was the Pass o’ Ballater, around three quarters of a mile from the village.

It was decided to send the Baron of Braichlie, who was well respected in the area, to plead the boy’s cause, but rashly, Francie, with a lover’s zeal, decided to cut out the middleman and approach Black Arthur himself. Black Arthur raised his sword, intending to scare the boy away, but the scabbard flew off and the unfortunate Francie was decapitated, his head rolling off on the grass like a ball. Gordon of Auchindoun interceded on his kinsman’s behalf and imprisoned Black Arthur for more than a year.

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