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King Coil's Grave



When King Fergus defeated and killed Coel, King of the Britons, he was buried in a mound topped with stones - which is now in the grounds of Coilsfield House. There are many different spellings of his name, which presumably all derive from the same figure: Cul, Coel, Coil, Cole... (maybe deriving from the celtic god of war?)

Robert Burns knew this version of the rhyme:

Our auld King Coul was a jolly auld soul
and a jolly auld soul was he
Our auld King Coul fill'd a jolly brown bowl
and he called for his fiddlers three
Fidell didell, fidell didell quo' the fiddlers
There's no lass in a' Scotland like our sweet Marjorie
(from Westwood's 'Albion')
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
21st April 2004ce
Edited 21st April 2004ce

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