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Aikey Brae

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There are other curious traditionary notices of the Rhymer in Aberdeenshire; one thus introduced in a View of the Diocese of Aberdeen, written about 1732.

' On Aiky brae here [in Old Deer parish] are certain stones called the Cummin's Craig, where 'tis said one of the Cummins, Earls of Buchan, by a fall from his horse at hunting, dashed out his brains. The prediction goes that this earl (who lived under Alexander III.) had called Thomas the Rhymer by the name of Thomas the Lyar, to show how much he slighted his predictions, whereupon that famous fortune-teller denounced his impending fate in these word, which, 'tis added, were all literally fulfilled:-

Tho' Thomas the Lyar thou call'st me,
A sooth tale I shall tell to thee:
By Aikyside
Thy horse shall ride,
He shall stumble, and thou shalt fa',
Thy neck bane shall break in twa,
And dogs shall thy banes gnaw,
And, maugre all thy kin and thee,
Thy own belt thy bier shall be.'
So maybe not exactly the Aiky Brae stones. Though it seems to good a landmark to miss if you're going to dash your brains out. From p21 of 'Select Writings of Robert Chambers: popular rhymes of Scotland' 3rd edition, 1847. Online at Google Books.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
12th May 2005ce
Edited 31st January 2007ce

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