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(To the composer's pupils in the district.)
James Scott Skinner
Pastoral Weird and Eerie (with delicacy)
"The traditions and legends and ghost stories connected with
Fyvie Castle are very numerous. A "Ghost" room of course exists
and the Green Ladye' that issues thence - a fatal prophetess of
immediate coming evil to the proprietor in possession - wanders
behind the sliding panel of the dark wainscoted room. The secret
chamber still retains the mystery entrusted to its keeping. Whether
it contains hidden treasure, or some deep dungeon for the disposal
of those whose prescence was hateful to the laird, or whether it is the
entrance to some subterranean passage and way of escape in case the
castle was taken, of whether it is tenanted by the mouldering bonse of
those who were left to pine and die in it, must remain a mystery till
some proprietor possesses the curiosity to examine, and the courage to
face the auful fate foretold bby the Rhymer against the ruthless band
chambers repeated to have been the scenes of deeds of darkest dye; and
truly in a dark winter night, when the wind is howling outside, and the
slates rattle, and the timbers creak, and some sudden gust of wind
and eerie. Of course, there is poetry connected with the castle. Who
has not heard of the beautful and pathetic ballad of "Andrew Lammie, the
trumpeter of Fyvie", in which is so touchingly and simply portrayed the
hard fate of "Tifty's bonnie Annie"? Her resting-place is the "green
kirkyard" of Fyvie, is marked by a handsome cross over a plain red
sandstone slab" --- From "Castles of Aberdeenshire"
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