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Tap o' Noth



A strange little anecdote, from "'A description of the parioches of Essie and Rhynie' (circa A.D. M.DCC.XXX.)" (ie 1730):
The Top of Noth is a very remarkable hill here. It has a fountain on the very summit, without any current from it on the outside; but if a taper rod be put into the vein of the fountain, it comes forth, in twenty-four hours space, at a large issue at the foot of the hill, called Coul's Burn, after being carried three miles under ground by the force of the current.
Here are monuments in several places, thought to be the remains of heathen superstition, though many other fabulous stories are told of them. [Though not at the moment, because this is where the anecdote cruelly finishes, sadly]
I wonder if this hillside Pooh-sticks is a local story, or sort of a Geologists' story? Quite strange whichever way.
On page 178 of Antiquities of the Shires of Aberdeen and Banff. Second Volume.' 1847. Readable online at Google Books.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
14th March 2007ce
Edited 14th March 2007ce

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