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In the Shadows of Cairngorm
My thanks to Ranald McIntyre for providing me with this book


Chronicles of the United Parishes of 
Abernethy and Kincardine
See partial map of the area here!

Map of Cairngorm

The Rev. W. Forsyth, M. A., D. D.,
Minister of Abernethy and Kincardine
(Contributor to "The Homilist," "The Homiletic Quarterly," "The Pulpit Commentary," "Good Words." "Sunday at Home," Dictionary of National Biography," etc.)

The Northern Counties Publishing Company Ltd.


To the dear and honoured memory of my
Father and Mother

William Forsyth
Jane Ironside MacKintosh

Who for more than twenty years (1821-42) maintained a happy home at Dell of Abernethy

I Dedicate this Book


My reasons for writing this book were (1) my love for Abernethy, where the best years of my life have been spent, where my children were born, and where the dust of my dearest kindred lies; (2) my knowledge of the parish and people, gathered during my own time, and from tradition, which, unless preserved by me, might have perished; (3) my desire to leave some memorial of my connection with the parish, and of my gratitude to the people for much kindness shewn to me and mine during the thirty-six years of my ministry amongst them. In pursuing my task I have received much aid and sympathy from friends, which I desire gratefully to acknowledge. To the Countess Dowager of Seafield I am especially indebted for the use of papers at Castle Grant, and for permission to make extracts from "The Chiefs of Grant."

The labour of many years is ended. To me it has been a delight to tell, however imperfectly, of bygone days, of people whom I have known and loved, and

"To speak of you, ye mountains and ye lakes,
And sounding cataracts, ye mists and winds,
That dwell among the hills where I was born."

Christmas, 1899


  1. Introductory Sketch of Parish
  2. Notes on Natural History
  3. Place Names
  4. Notes on Folk Lore
  5. The Cairns and their Traditions
  6. The Lochs and their Legends
  7. The Wells and their Witcheries
  8. Lands and Land-holders
  9. Traditions of the Origins of Families
  10. The Kirks of Abernethy and Kincardine
  11. The Succession in the Church, with Notices of Three Notable Parsons
  12. Schools and Schoolmasters
  13. Scraps from an Old Session Record
  14. The Oldest Castle in Scotland
  15. Holy Mary of Lurg
  16. In the Days of the Baron Bailies
  17. Coulnakyle and its Memories
  18. Side Lights on the Social Life of Last Century
  19. In the Baron’s Chair
  20. John Roy Stewart
  21. Stories of Culloden
  22. The Story of a Highland Glen
  23. The Stewarts of Glenmore
  24. The Golden Groves of Abernethy
  25. Roads and Bridges
  26. The Thieves’ Road, with Incidents by the way
  27. Ceannard nan Cearneach—The Chief of the Caterans
  28. Grouse and Deer
  29. Memorable Years
  30. The Great Flood of Twenty-nine
  31. Counsels to Young Men
  32. Our Halbert Glendinnings
  33. Parish Characters
  34. The Grants' Raid to Elgin
  35. A Day on Cairngorm
  36. Parish Music
  37. Our Bards, with Specimens of their Work
  38. Forest Fairlies
  39. Old Highland Arts and Industries
  40. All the Year Round
  41. Ower the Muir amang the Heather
  42. Weather Signs and Saws
  43. Goats and Goat-Milk
  44. The Three John Mores
  45. Volunteering - Old and New
  46. Rise of a Highland Village
  47. A Highland Laird of the Olden Time
  48. The Cheeryble Brothers
  49. Visitors to Strathspey
  50. The Sithean of the Double Outlook

Also read...

The Cairngorm Mountains
By John Hill Burton (1864) (pdf)


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