Maiden Stone, the Lord of Balquhain’s daughter

 

There are a number of sites of standing stones and recumbent stone circle monuments of a type only found in north-east Scotland near Leslie Castle. These ancient stones are probably of Pictish origin and make for an interesting walking tour.  This one the Maiden Stone at Chapel of Garioch is 15 minutes drive away and the article in the journal of antiquities describes the local legend linking its origin to the Lord of Balquhain’s daughter.  It seems she either made a bet with the devil or married a stranger and since neither is a good idea she ended up being punished!

The Leslies of Balquhain are one of the main branches of the Leslie family descending from Sir Norman de Leslie the fifth possessor of the lands of Leslie, including Leslie Castle.  He was the first to adopt the surname Leslie rather than be addressed by the office which he held (eg Constable of Inverurie).  We feature Balquhain as one of the names of the rooms in Leslie Castle.

 

 

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