Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Of Scottish Descent

We Burnetts can trace our roots back to Scotland. Crathes Castle is the home of the Burnetts that we are related to. It is located in Aberdeenshie, near Bancory and the Dee River. The Burnetts of Ley built it and held it for over 500 years. It was built in the second half of the 16th century.  The National Trust of Scotland owns and manages it and has done so since 1951.  The land it is built on was given to the Burnett of Leys family by King Robert the Bruce in 1323. There are 530 acres of woodland and fields at Crathes Castle.

It is a world famous Castle with a cafe, gift shop, croquet course, adventure playground for children, a tree top adventure and an art studio in addition to the beautiful gardens and woodlands.

The tour of the interior of the Castle will take you to the turret and towers through winding staircases. Some of the interior walls and ceilings are original as are the painted ceilings.

And, and, and... the Castle has not one but TWO ghosts! The Green Lady and another young woman allegedly haunt Crathes Castle. The Green Lady is said to be carrying an infant and disappears into the fireplace. She is always seen in that same room, but she has not been seen for quite some time. It is said that when she does appear, another Burnett is about to die. When the Castle was renovated it is said that the skeletons of a woman and a child were found under the fireplace that the Green Lady goes into. Queen Victoria stayed in the Castle and it is reported that she witnessed the ghost of the Green Lady.

The other ghost is a young woman, either Bertha or Lady Agnes. The story goes that Alexander, the son of Lady Agnes, fell in love with a servant girl named Bertha. Bertha became pregnant and had a child. While Alexander was away from the Castle, Lady Agnes supposedly poisoned the young lady who then died. Alexander was distraught. To help him recover, his mother, Lady Agnes, held a grand meal. When Alexander reached for a goblet of wine, his mother snatched it away and threw it in the loch, confirming Alexander's fears that his mother had poisoned his love. Bertha's family came to collect her remains at some point in the following weeks or months and Lady Agnes suddenly died, calling out, "She comes, she comes." On the anniversary of the murder, a white lady apparition is seen.

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