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 sure jointly by way of well-established storytellers dwelling and dealing within the urban and shire of Aberdeen. a number of the stories during this assortment are in accordance with historic truth whereas others are embedded in fantasy and legend. all of the tales are set opposed to the backdrop of this wonderful and sundry panorama.
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Maggie released her grip and tutted with dismay when she saw how swollen Hamish’s huge hand had become. ‘Come awa’ then, doon to the hoose. ’ When the two reached the farm, a woman appeared from the barn. Around her neck, she had a cow. ‘Mornin’ Maggie! I’m jist awa’ wi’ Daisy up the hill! ’ ‘Mother, this is Hamish. He’s come for a wee bit o’ tutorin’ fae us. ’ ‘Ah! Welcome, Hamish! ’ Hamish nodded and gulped. He felt like his whole world had been turned upside down. ‘Hamish, there’s Gran. ’ The young man turned to see a doddery old woman stepping out of the farmhouse door.
There is a crack near the top on the right side where the devil placed his cruel hand on her shoulder, and at the base, the lass’s mirror and comb are still on view for all to see. AULD SLORACHS When Stanley Robertson and I were guests of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, an incident nearly cut short his career rather dramatically. We were chatting in the mall when a shot rang out, and the cup of water he held in his hand exploded into pieces. ‘They surely dinna like traivellers here, either,’ he responded.
When he was done, he joined the ends together to make a complete circle, and stepping inside it, he raised his hands to Lochnagar and cried: In the names of the Goddesses and the God By Air, Earth, Fire and Water I consecrate this charm. Feathers nine and cord of three As I will, so must it be! To everyone’s amazement, the snow melted. Auld Slorachs was about to claim Jockie as his servant when the boy reminded him that the snow must stay melted for three days. The wizard laughed, and rode off, promising to return on the second day to prove his magic held good.
Aberdeenshire Folk Tales by Grace Banks