"Suddenly it seemed as though a cloud had fallen on everything, blotting out such flickering moonshine as had penetrated through the closely grown trees and evergreen shrubs and causing a gloom to fall on one’s spirits, and even on the hooting of the owls, which seemed to cower behind the branches in fear. I, alone, was a silent listener, when I was suddenly aroused by streams of wild, unearthly music. I listened, my hair stood on end, the cold sweat poured down my face and my heart seemed to refuse to beat from very terror. Again the music pealed forth, wild and slow, then a pause. Again it sounded forth in softer tones as if the unearthly musician had stopped to change to a sweeter lay and to take a fresh supply of energy. It was as if some threatened disaster was hanging over me. The next moment, there as I stood, strains of music fell on my ears and suddenly before me, under the huge tree on the lawn, there appeared for a brief moment the figure of a knight on horseback in shining armour and pale face, while in his hand shone a naked sword bedaubed with blood. Entranced and awe-struck I gazed at him and as I did so a voice whispered in my ear in clear unmistakable tones…. “Claverhouse” Then the vision faded away as suddenly as it had come"
An addendum to this story is that for many years a wooden box containing a red scarlet velvet covered file sat on the mantelpiece of our dining room. The file is now in The National Library of Scotland. Among the contents were;
When we opened the box at The National Library of Scotland we discovered the pistol was no longer there. We found it in Abbotsford House, the former home of Sir Walter Scot. How had it arrived there? Further research suggested it was on loan from the Law Society of Scotland. How had it come to be in their possession? A descendant of Walter was the friend of Mr Erskine of Linlathen the neighbouring property to Duntrune. This descendant left the pistol in his will to Mr Erskine, a prominent lawyer who presumably gifted it to the Law Society.
Olwyn and Barrie have owned Duntrune House since 1981 and have been offering B&B there since 2001. Duntrune is part of Ancestral Scotland and Olwyn and Barrie are able to help you with your family research in Dundee and the surrounding area. You can see more pictures of Duntrune House, or book a stay by visiting their listing on our website