By Grace Banks
The folklore of the North East offers a wealthy tapestry for the stories inside of; 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 means of well-established storytellers residing and dealing within the urban and shire of Aberdeen. a number of the stories during this assortment are in keeping with ancient truth whereas others are embedded in fable and legend. all of the tales are set opposed to the backdrop of this gorgeous and sundry panorama.
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Aye, Dod. ’ Dod stood up shakily. He had not been eating, and he felt sick. ’ The following day, the kirk was crowded, and a neighbouring minister took the proceedings while Dod clung to his bewildered children. Only Betty managed to be at the graveside, while her brother took the little ones back to the house to grieve in the privacy of their very empty home. The wake took place at the local inn, and food had been provided by many of the parish women. This attracted both those who knew the Elphinstones, and many who did not.
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. B. Reverend Elphinstone and his wife were well known and well-loved faces in the village; Mary wheeling along her pram with the latest child, while the other two were swung down the road clutching their father’s hands. Everyone agreed they were a delightful family, and that the parish was fortunate to have them.
Farquharson the wizard suffered bad luck from the very day he cast the spirits out. Why did the fairies loathe the Hill o’ Fare? On 28 October 1562 the Battle of Corrichie was fought there between the new Earl of Moray, James Stuart, half-brother to Mary Queen of Scots and the 4th Earl of Huntly, George Gordon. The Battle of Corrichie is immortalised in an old ballad, of which there is a remnant below. It was first printed in the July 1772 edition of The Scots Weekly Magazine. It was reputed to have been written by Mr Forbes, schoolmaster at Maryculter, Deeside.
Aberdeenshire Folk Tales by Grace Banks