HY3709 : Scapa Flow from Keelylang Hill

taken 2 months ago, 3 km from Grimbister, Orkney Islands, Great Britain

Scapa Flow from Keelylang Hill
Scapa Flow from Keelylang Hill
The nearest body of water is the fresh water Loch of Kirbister, in the valley of Tuskerbister which is the scene of a piece interesting folk lore.

There was once a poor man from Tuskerbister who had many children, the potato crop had failed and his sheep were dying. One night, in darkest December, a strange sheep mysteriously appeared on his croft. The minister was suspicious especially when he overheard one of the children singing a song:

Me father’s stol’n the parson’s sheep
An’ we’ll hae mutton an’ puddin’s tae eat,
An’ a mirry Christmas we will keep,
But we’ll say nethin’ aboot it.

For if the parson gets tae know,
It’s ower the seas we’ll have tae go,
And there we’ll suffer grief an’ woe
Because we stole fae the parson.

The minister offered the little boy new set of clothes and half a crown if he would sing the same song in church the following Sunday. The boy agreed, but at the service, when the parson invited him to sing to the congregation, he sang different words:

As I was walkin’ oot one day
I spied the parson very gay:
He was tossin’ Molly in the hay —
He turned her upside down, sir.

A suit o’ claes and half a croon
Was given tae me be Parson Broon
Tae tell the neighbours all aroon’
What he hed done tae Molly!’

I’m not sure what the moral of this tale is, perhaps it’ll take more than a hypocritical parson to trick a mischievous child.

Adapted from my daily photo diary LinkExternal link

Source: Westwood, Jennifer and Sophia Kingshill. “The Lore of Scotland: A guide to Scottish legends”. ISBN 9780099547167 2011
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 18 May, 2021   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 8 June, 2021
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Moorland 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HY 3768 0990 [10m precision]
WGS84: 58:58.3025N 3:5.1342W
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OSGB36: geotagged! HY 37726 09974
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