"Therein lies a tale" Aberfoyle Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

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  Mind the pokers please
by iandsmith
  • Mind the pokers please - Aberfoyle
      Mind the pokers please
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  • The story of the incident - Aberfoyle
      The story of the incident
    by iandsmith

John MacAlpine's Inn, more than just a pub. In fact, these days it is merely a block of residential flats but, when the writings of Sir Walter Scott were popular, this inn was famed throughout the land.
During the novel "Rob Roy" it transpired that, on a moonlit autumn night, the Glasgow magistrate Baillie Nicol rides in with Andrew Fairservice and Francis Osbaldistone trying to recover the latter's family fortune.
Seeking to enter the inn they note some stripped willow at the door, a Highland sign for "do not enter". (This is before the days when motels supplied that sort of thing for you.)
Despite this they entered and, from the smoke filled came some highlanders with their swords drawn. Baillie goes for his but finds it is rusted to the scabbard but his quick mind leads him to pick up a red hot poker with which he sets a highlander's plaid on fire.
This act, understandably, did not endear him to the locals and they set upon him, giving him a right going over though, in the end, all was forgiven and they drowned their sorrows with "a tass o' brandy". As one does.
For years a poker used to hang from a tree in the park on the left but vandalism has led to its removal.

Address: Manse Road
Directions: Trossachs

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  • Updated Dec 11, 2005
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