It is time to leave Udny Castle...
Let's head down the daffodil-lined driveway
and rejoin the track to the castle
then finally, the gates
Although we are saying goodbye to Udny Castle we will stay with Jamie Fleeman for a little bit. I discovered where his grave was so headed off to find it.
Born in Longside, Aberdeenshire, in 1713, he was buried there on his death. Fleeman's grave is at Longside and a monument to mark his grave was erected in 1861
During a summer evening of 1778, Fleeman became soaked in a heavy rain storm. He quickly developed a fever, which then turned to jaundice. He received no offers of help and spent time wandering between different houses but no one was willing to give him shelter.
Fleeman's weakened state caused him to rapidly become emaciated and lose his strength. He eventually found shelter in a barn at Little Ardiffery, in the parish of Cruden. He secured the barn door with a piece of planking and fell asleep. A short while later, some farm labourers, unaware Fleeman was sleeping behind the door, forced it open causing the plank to strike Fleeman's head.
The severity of his injury was not discovered until some hours later; he was then taken to the kitchen and his wound attended to. Fleeman insisted he wanted to return to Longside, some eight miles distant. He took a whole day to walk back to his sister's cottage in Kinmundy. Two days later, Fleeman died.
Two versions of his last words are given; they were either: "I'm of a gentle persuasion, dinna bury me like a beast" or "I'm a Christian, dinna bury me like a beast."
The stonemason who fashioned the memorial
Information Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Fleeman
This has been an interesting journey which has led us from Knockhall Castle in Newburgh to Udny Green, Udny Castle and then Longside.
It prompted me to get out in the van again and find out more local history...