Did you know that today is…

Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Living here in Scotland, I grew up with all the classic fairy tales but some local to my home country, too. Here’s the link to a list of the Scottish Fairy Tales over at Electric Scotland.

The story that scared me the worst was about Sawney Bean. The story was scary enough but when I was a wee girl, my dad used to tell me he’d get Sawney Bean after me if I didn’t eat my sprouts. To this day, I can’t look them without thinking of that creepy story.

By Otter (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Maiden Stone is one of the many Pictish standing stones here in Aberdeenshire. The local legend is that the daughter of a local laird was turned to stone when she bet a stranger she could bake a large amount of bread before he could build a road up to the top of Bennachie.

Well, the stranger turned out to be the Devil, and he won the bet. When she tried to escape, the Devil caught her right here on this spot and turned her to stone. The notch in the side of the stone is where he touched her shoulder.

Okay, being turned to stone by the Devil is scary but not nearly as bad as being eaten by Sawney Bean.

But if those stories aren’t quite to your liking, how about sticking with some of the Scottish myths and legends – stone circles, ley lines, sprinkled with a little romance and intrigue? If that’s more to your liking, then how about a great debut novel by Melanie Robertson-KingA Shadow in the Past featuring moi? A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-King Here’s what it’s about…

Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand (that’s me) finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages; powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

You can buy Melanie’s novel from her publisher, 4RV Publishing through their online bookstore, as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and in Chapters and Cole’s in Canada.

What’s your favourite fairy tale?

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2 thoughts on “Did you know that today is…

  1. Hi Sarah ! The story about Sawney Bean is really scary !! If it s a true story, I wonder why anybody would do that ??? Specially eating human meat….. !!!! That is really scary….. Hope some day, I would get a chance to read all the fairy tales of Scotland…….

  2. Hi Grace, I hope you do get to read all the Scottish fairy tales. There’s lots of neat stuff to read about – changelings, kelpies, seonaidh, Nessie and you don’t have to do anything about Sawney Bean. That whole thing is just way too creepy for words.

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