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Scotlands' Myths and Legends

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Charo Reyes

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Transcript of Scotlands' Myths and Legends

Join me and find out about the best known characters in Scottish culture ...
Braveheart
The Grey Lady; a Scottish ghost.
Greyfriars Bobby
Loch Ness Monster
So, ...
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
was
a Scottish
landowner

who
became
one of the main
leaders
during the Wars of Scottish Independence.
Wallace
defeated
an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, and
was
Guardian of Scotland, until his defeat at the Battle of Falkirk in July 1298. In 1305, Wallace
was captured
near Glasgow and
handed over
to King Edward I of England, who had him
hanged
and
quartered
for high
treason
and
crimes
against English
civilians
.
The real character inspired the epic film that won an Oscar in 1995.
Now, listen and take notes
.
I
was traveling
with my mother in Scotland. We
stayed
at a hotel near Edinburgh that was a formal old manor house. Late the first night I
went
up the stairs. They
were
wide wooden stairs and lit by candlelight.

It
was
summer and the hotel
was not
air conditioned. It
was
quite hot in the building, especially the higher you
went
. I
entered
the stairs to the third floor where our room
was,
Halfway up the stairs, the room
turned
cold. I
stopped
. Suddenly, I
felt
someone physically pass through me although I
was
alone. I
could smell
a strong scent of perfume. It
was
a mix of musk and flowers. I
felt
a deep wave of sorrow and loneliness. I
spoke
out loud and
said
, "I know how you feel. I
lost
someone I
loved
too." I
ran
up the stairs and
woke
up my mother. She
threw
on her robe and
came
out to see if she
could

experience
the same. But by then the temperature
was
back to warm and the smell of perfume
was
gone.

When we
were leaving
the following morning, I
asked
if the hotel
was
haunted. The manager
said
"Indeed it is. The Grey Lady haunts the hotel. She
was
the lover of Bonnie Prince Charles. He
left
to join forces with Napoleon. He never
returned
and eventually
married
a woman he
met
in London. She
died
of a broken heart and still walks the halls waiting for him." He
said
"a few have seen her, but most people say that they feel cold and smell her perfume."
I
was
21 at the time and this was my first interaction with a ghost. It
wasn't
frightening at all. I
was
amazed at how I
could sense
all her feelings.
Ghost
stories also abound at Glamis Castle, Scotland, Glamis has the
reputation
of being Scotland's most haunted castle.
Stories
include those of the game of cards played with the
devil
in the
chamber
in the
crypt
and the Grey Lady who haunts the
chapel
. Perhaps the strangest mystery of all is the
window
that looks out from a
chamber
to which there is, apparently, no door.
Glamis Castle
I have learned that with
mysteries ... you never
know ...
-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.
[laughter]
-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.
-Aye.
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?
[cheering]
-Alba gu bra!
[cheering]
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