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 smart minds are certain jointly by means of well-established storytellers residing and dealing within the urban and shire of Aberdeen. a few of the stories during this assortment are in accordance with ancient truth whereas others are embedded in fantasy and legend. all of the tales are set opposed to the backdrop of this gorgeous and sundry panorama.
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Finally we would like to acknowledge and thank my son Josh Banks for all the support and hours of painstaking editing that he has spent to ensure this collection of tales was readable. We hope you’ll enjoy the tales and have fun with my riddles woven throughout the book! Grace Banks 1 HILL AND GLEN BLELACK When my aunt, Isobel Craib of Tullyoch Farm, Echt, married her second cousin, George Booth of Skene, she would say that a piece of her heart was left in her birthplace, as if Skene were on the far side of the moon.
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. Sat in one corner of the inn was Sandy. He was passing through, and just happened to fall lucky onto this free evening meal.
He was no small man! Hamish found a small burn, well iced over. With his meaty fist, he smashed down until it shattered and, with skin like leather, cupped the icy water in his hand, raised it to his lips and swallowed greedily. From a pouch at his waist, he drew out a handful of oatmeal, and mixed it with a little water in a small pot. He made a fire, and soon had his porridge cooking. Hamish looked upward to see what weather he might encounter on his travels. The sky was just brightening; hazy with high cloud, while the sun shone through weakly with no warmth.