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By Grace Banks

ISBN-10: 0752497855

ISBN-13: 9780752497853

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 shrewdpermanent minds are sure jointly by way of well-established storytellers residing and dealing within the urban and shire of Aberdeen. a few of the stories during this assortment are in response to old truth whereas others are embedded in fable and legend. all of the tales are set opposed to the backdrop of this stunning and sundry panorama.

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He’s given up,’ the laird announced, heartbroken. ’ The next day, however, when the sun rose in the sky, there, unmistakably, in the corrie near the summit of Lochnagar, was a small patch of white. ’ everyone cried. ’ Auld Slorachs appeared again on his piebald horse, and again he drew from his saddlebag three strands of wool, red, blue and white in colour, and nine feathers. As before, two of the feathers were from the tail of a rooster, again black and white. Again, he took up the other seven feathers, and these he began to weave into the strands of wool, making a magic rope.

I have often stayed in a caravan at Glen Gairn at the Prony, but as a holidaymaker, not a traveller. It is a beautiful, secluded glen, where trout are plentiful. My father told me that one local farmer regularly tossed a stick of dynamite into a pool there, and then collected the stunned fish by the basketful. Many legends are associated with this place, one of the last Gaelic speaking areas in Aberdeenshire. B. A Tinker Woman’s Lament – To the tune of ‘Puin Bracken’ (Tha mi Sgith). Some of the words in the song are from the Cant language: My hands are sae sair, maakin besoms, maakin besoms My hands are sae sair aa’ wi’ maakin besoms Maakin besoms aa day lang, aa’ wi’ maakin besoms Maakin besoms aa day lang, aa’ wi’ maakin besoms.

And away he drove again on his horse and cart. On the third and final day, the patch of snow had grown even bigger. Auld Slorachs’ power was exhausted. Drained of his magic, he was defenceless, and had to admit defeat. Word was sent to the Wizard of Tarland, Neddy Brown, who came down from Cromar, and turned him into a stone, which was sent to the church at Migvie. From that day to this, Auld Slorachs stands in the old kirkyard there, a Christian cross at his back to keep him tethered. But you’ll be wondering what powerful magic Jockie used to keep the snow on the summit of Lochnagar from melting?

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