spot, which formerly went by the title of the Two Mile Cross, was on the
Old Deeside Road, west of Kaimhill, and almost directly south of the two
reservoirs which have been constructed north of the Deeside Railway.
Recent improvements have obliterated the actual cross, but considerable
historical interest still hangs round the spot.
cairn was raised here in commemoration of Sir John Seton of Pitmedden,
who was killed at the battle of the Bridge of Dee in 1639/ but it has
since been removed.
Montrose, after defeating the Covenanters at Tippermuir on 1st
September, 1644, marched northwards and forded the Dee at the Mills of
Drum. Ten days later the citizens had marched to the Two Mile Cross, but
next day “thay returnit bak to the toune at nicht.” Montrose immediately
pitched his camp on the spot they had vacated. Two days after, he
despatched a commissioner to the magistrates of Aberdeen, bearing a
letter which he had written at his tent door on a drum head. This
characteristic communication was couched in the following terms :—
“Loveing freindes—Being heir for the maintenance of Religion and liberty
and his Mas. Just authority and service, thes ar in his RIas. Name to
requyre you that Immediatly, upon the sight heirof, you rander and give
up yr toune, In the behalf of his Mas., othervvayes, that all old
persons, women, and children doe come out and reteire themselfs, and
that those who stayes Expect no Quarter.—I am, as you deserve,
magistrates refusing to surrender, the battle of the Justice Mills
ensued, when the citizens were completely defeated.
September, 1645, Major M‘Donald encamped his army, consisting of “about
700 Irishes,” at the Cross, and partly at the Bridge of Dee. Tradition
asserts that a warrior, while riding on a white horse, was here cruelly
slain by a ball from a cannon fired from the Covenanters’ Faulds on
south side of the Bridge of Dee. Doubtless the death of Seton, before
described, gave origin to the story.