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 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 historic truth whereas others are embedded in delusion and legend. the entire tales are set opposed to the backdrop of this attractive and sundry panorama.
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What a wonderful opportunity to put on paper so many of the wonderful stories that are part and parcel of my life. For Sheena and I there is one man who has been very significant for both our journeys: Stanley Robertson. As traveller and storyteller, his generosity, his wealth of tales and songs told with a mixture of dry wit and sensitivity, has been a great influence and encouragement to us both. Many of the stories retold here have his voice behind them, but with our own individuality and years of telling, they have been moulded and metamorphosed into our telling of what are timeless tales of wisdom and life.
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. Harry Gordon of Knock and ‘Black’ Arthur Forbes of Strathgirnock had a disagreement after the battle of Corrichie in 1562. Strathgirnock today is a beautiful, peaceful place; a small glen that lies between the tangy forests of Creag Phiobaidh and Creag Ghiubhais. There is no trace remaining of the old mansion house of Strathgirnock, which stood in the lee of Creag Phiobaidh, having been torched by the Gordons.
In response, the Gordons of Auchindoun slaughtered all his servants and burned his mansion. Forbes himself escaped and went into hiding, relying on the loyalty and kindness of his tenants. A year later, the Gordons nearly apprehended him at Loinchork. Now, Harry Gordon’s heir was his brother, Alister. Alister had eight sons, and the most handsome of these, a lad called Francie, fell in love with Black Arthur’s only daughter. 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.
Aberdeenshire Folk Tales by Grace Banks