Tales of Britain

By Jem Roberts

The finest, funniest stories of England, Scotland & Wales, refreshed for the 21st century. By Brother Bernard, as told to Jem Roberts.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Underground In Angus

Happy UNDERGROUND Folklore Thursday, dear tale-lovers!

We have a special treat for you this week, all the way from the craggy shores of ANGUS – It's the weird subterranean tale of THE PIPER OF DICKMONTLAW, along with a mini-compendium of other stories of Scottish cave-dwellers. The sad story about Tammy Tyrie and his wife getting lost deep underground can only send shivers up your spine in this Samhain season... Was that bagpipes I heard, somewhere under our feet?

We've never done this before, but here's the whole yarn as it appears in the book – WHICH IS STILL VERY AVAILABLE ONLINE AND IN SHOPS WHERE YOU'VE ASKED THEM TO STOCK IT!


We were unsure at first about making the clear reference to the beloved saucy radio show HAMISH & DOUGAL: YOU'LL HAVE HAD YOUR TEA, but as our author is also the official chronicler of I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue, we knew Barry and Graeme would be chuffed about the wee nod. 

The lesson is clear – don't drink and walk. Near the entrance to underground caves. Unless you're a dog.

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