The Wraith of
An Ayrshire Folk Tale
© Loretta Lynn Layman / House of Lynn
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
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.
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 ...
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
Archaeological and Historical Collections Relating to
Ayrshire & Galloway,
Ayrshire and Galloway
Archaeological Association, Edinburgh, Vol.
Some Family Papers of the
Hunters of Hunterston, Edit. M. S. Shaw, W.S.,
National Records of Scotland
GD3/1/1/64/16, GD3/1/8/1/4, GD3/1/8/11/1, etc.
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