of Auchterarder and Memorials of Srathearn
The Lone Lady of Kildeis
A DRUMMONI) of Kildeis had to
leave Scotland for his Jacobite principles. While an exile in France his
wife resided at the mansion of Kildeis. After years of exile, on a dark
night, a stranger came to the door saying he was benighted, and asking for
lodgings. The Lady was called by the sole domestic, who had already refused
the request; but the horseman insisted on seeing the mistress of the house
to ascertain if she would not accede to granting him the desired
hospitality. The Lady told him she was a lone woman, and could on no account
think of admitting a stranger at an unseasonable hour, but informed him that
be could find lodgings at a change-house in the adjoining village of Muthill.
He continued to expostulate, and said he would not take a refusal, and
insisted upon getting admission, which the Lady as vigorously declined. At
last he leaped from his horse and clasped the Lady in his arms, while
uttering the following words :—
"The Lady sae lang has lain
She kens na the Laird when he's come hame."
The above information was got
from an old lady whose grandmother was a Drummond of Kildeis.
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