By Grace Banks
The folklore of the North East offers 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 shrewdpermanent minds are certain jointly by way of well-established storytellers residing and dealing within the urban and shire of Aberdeen. many of the stories during this assortment are in line with ancient 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 leapt from the saddle and fixed his gaze on the summit of Lochnagar and the small corrie of snow beside it. From his saddlebag, he drew out three strands of wool, red, blue and white in colour, and nine feathers. Two of the feathers, black and white, were from the tail of a rooster, symbol of the horned god, both curved like horns. Another seven feathers he selected, all with different powers and symbolic meanings, and these he began to weave into the strands of wool, making a magic rope, or witch’s ladder.
For Sheena, many of her tales are her inheritance, passed down through family connections: From the age of five my mother’s way of dealing with an adventurous child was to deposit her on Strachan’s, my aunt’s touring bus of the Ballater area. This was out-with the normal Deeside bus service in that it catered for tourists who wished to know the legends of the Deeside area. The bus drivers knew all the stories of the locality … Whenever I retell the legends it recaptures the smell of diesel and rickety wheels.
The beautiful Mary Queen of Scots, who had watched the Battle of Corrichie, was forced to witness the execution from a window of the Earl Marischal’s house on the south side of the Castlegate. The executioner was unskilled, and it took several strokes to kill the unfortunate man. Strathbogie Castle was then relieved of its contents, including the treasures from the Cathedral of Aberdeen. Silver and gold plate, jewellery, gorgeous textile fabrics and clothing were dispatched to the palace of Holyrood to adorn the hall of Kirk-o’-Field where Lord Darnley, Mary’s second husband, had been murdered.
Aberdeenshire Folk Tales by Grace Banks