The Wraith of Lord Lyne
An Ayrshire Folk Tale

The Tale

© Loretta Lynn Layman / House of Lynn
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In his collection of Historical Tales and Legends of Ayrshire, William Robertson repeated the story of "The Wraith of Lord Lyne".  He noted that this tale and the others: “... hundreds of years ago or more, were universally accepted in the districts where they had their birth”.1 

While Robertson wrote "Lyne" for the name of the Dalry family to whom this story relates, a series of documents spanning no less than five centuries evidences the fact that it was written at different times as Lin, Lind, Linn, Lyn, Lyne, Lynn, and Lynne.2  However, the letter "y" was used predominantly during the first four centuries and gave way, temporarily, to an "i" in the fifth.3  The "y" eventually was restored, and "Lynn" is the accepted spelling in Dalry today; e.g., High Lynn, Lynn Avenue, Lynn Bridge, Lynn Falls, and Lynn Glen - all of which once were part of the family's barony of Lynn.

In The Wraith, the young Lord Lynn’s untimely death was foreseen by his apparently widowed mother, Lady Lynn.  Perhaps it was this very tragedy which prompted the family to abandon their beautiful glen and its enchanting falls for Bourtreehill4 ...

The Tale



Historical Tales and Legends of Ayrshire, William Robertson, London and Glasgow (1889)


Lynneage - the Lynns, Linns, and Linds of Scotland and Ulster, Loretta Lynn Layman, Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania (2010)


Abstracts of Protocols of the Town Clerks of Glasgow, Vol. XI - 1591-1600, Edit. Robert Renwick, Glasgow (1900);
Archaeological and Historical Collections Relating to Ayrshire & Galloway
, Ayrshire and Galloway Archaeological Association, Edinburgh, Vol. VII (1894)
Some Family Papers of the Hunters of Hunterston
, Edit. M. S. Shaw, W.S., Edinburgh (1925)
National Records of Scotland :, Ref. No.  GD3/1/1/64/16, GD3/1/8/1/4, GD3/1/8/11/1, etc. [use the "Search" tab and "Reference" box]


National Records of Scotland :, Ref. Nos. GD3/1/8/1/2; GD3/1/8/1/3; GD3/1/8/1/5, and  GD3/2/2/16


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