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Scotlands' Myths and Legends
Transcript of Scotlands' Myths and Legends
The Grey Lady; a Scottish ghost.
Loch Ness Monster
what have you learned about Scotland and its culture?
The most photographed statue of a dog in the world. This dog is lovingly remembered by the Scottish people for it's loyalty. Bobby was the watchdog of the local grave night watchman. After the watchman's death, Bobby came and sat next to his owner's grave everyday for 14 years. The town loved Bobby, so when the dog finally died a memorial was erected in the church courtyard. People still bring flowers, toys and sticks for the dog to play with in the afterlife. This statue is right outside the church in front of Blackfriar's Bobby's Bar.
The first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster was in 565 AD by St Columba.
The next reference to the monster was in 1933 when Mr. and Mrs. Spicer reported a large animal crossing the road in front of their car.
Nessie is usually described as having a small head, long neck, broad body, four flippers and a long tail.
The scientific name for the Loch Ness Monster is a plesiosaur, a type of carnivorous aquatic, marine, reptile.
Nessie is the most famous cryptid in the world. The word 'cryptid' refers to a hidden living creature which might exist. This should not be confused with unreal or mythical creatures.
Myths and Legends from Scotland "the Brave"
Sir William Wallace
one of the main
during the Wars of Scottish Independence.
an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, and
Guardian of Scotland, until his defeat at the Battle of Falkirk in July 1298. In 1305, Wallace
near Glasgow and
to King Edward I of England, who had him
The real character inspired the epic film that won an Oscar in 1995.
Now, listen and take notes
with my mother in Scotland. We
at a hotel near Edinburgh that was a formal old manor house. Late the first night I
up the stairs. They
wide wooden stairs and lit by candlelight.
summer and the hotel
air conditioned. It
quite hot in the building, especially the higher you
the stairs to the third floor where our room
Halfway up the stairs, the room
. Suddenly, I
someone physically pass through me although I
a strong scent of perfume. It
a mix of musk and flowers. I
a deep wave of sorrow and loneliness. I
out loud and
, "I know how you feel. I
up the stairs and
up my mother. She
on her robe and
out to see if she
the same. But by then the temperature
back to warm and the smell of perfume
the following morning, I
if the hotel
haunted. The manager
"Indeed it is. The Grey Lady haunts the hotel. She
the lover of Bonnie Prince Charles. He
to join forces with Napoleon. He never
a woman he
in London. She
of a broken heart and still walks the halls waiting for him." He
"a few have seen her, but most people say that they feel cold and smell her perfume."
21 at the time and this was my first interaction with a ghost. It
frightening at all. I
amazed at how I
all her feelings.
stories also abound at Glamis Castle, Scotland, Glamis has the
of being Scotland's most haunted castle.
include those of the game of cards played with the
and the Grey Lady who haunts the
. Perhaps the strangest mystery of all is the
that looks out from a
to which there is, apparently, no door.
I have learned that with
mysteries ... you never
-To join it, you give homage.
-I give homage to Scotland,
-And if this is <i>your</i> army...
-Why does it go?
-We didn't come here to fight for them!
[shouting in agreement]
-Home! The English are too many.
-Sons of Scotland...
I am William Wallace.
-William Wallace is 7 feet tall.
-Yes. I've heard.
He kills men by the hundreds,
And if he were here, he'd consume the English
With fireballs from his eyes
And bolts of lightning from his arse.
-I am William Wallace...
And I see a whole army of my countrymen
Here in defiance of tyranny.
You've come to fight as free men.
And free men you are.
What will you do with that freedom?
Will you fight?
-No! No! No!
-Against that? No!
We will run, and we will live.
Fight, and you may die.
Run, and you'll live...
At least awhile.
And dying in your beds many years from now,
Would you be willing to trade
All the days from this day to that
For one chance-- just one chance--
To come back here and tell our enemies
That they may take our lives,
But they'll never take our freedom?
-Alba gu bra!