Corrichie Battlefield

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Corrichie, a marshy hollow almost surrounded by summits of the Hill of Fare, in the N of Banchory Ternan parish, on the border of Kincardine and Aberdeen shires, 3½ miles SW of Echt, and 15 W of Aberdeen. It is traversed by a brook of its own name, a headstream of the Black Burn; and it was the scene, on 28 Oct. 1562, of an action between the forces of Queen Mary under the Earl of Moray, and the followers, barely 500 in number, of the Earl of Huntly, who was easily routed, himself being smothered in his armour, and Sir John Gordon, his son, and Mary's would-be suitor being executed at Aberdeen, with others of the family. From a natural granite seat hard by the Queen is said to have afterwards beheld the battlefield; and it and a spring still bear the names of the Queen's Chair and Queen Mary's Well. A good old ballad celebrates the skirmish.

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