That Friend by jamibann

That Friend

John Brown, faithful servant and friend to HM Queen Victoria. Born in Crathie, near Balmoral, in 1826, died at Windsor Castle in 1883.

'That Friend on whose fidelity you count, that friend given you by circumstances over which you have no control, is god's own gift.' She wrote.

I stopped in by the old kirk yard at Crathie yesterday to take a picture of John Brown's grave. Next to his own gravestone, erected by Queen Victoria, is the gravestone erected by John Brown in memory of his mother, father and siblings.

As I was taking pictures of the graves, I gradually began to hear the dulcet tones of the bagpipes playing 'Highland Cathedral' coming through the howling wind. It was quite surreal. I looked up towards the kirk on the hill to see a funeral cortege leaving the front door - hearse in front, mourners walking behind. Fortunately, I managed to high-tail it out of the graveyard and leave by a small footpath down by the river to avoid meeting the mourners. I would have felt like an intruder and very out of place!

Ironically, I must have picked the only day of the year that there was a funeral here - it's a tiny church and a very small community at Crathie.
WoW Beautiful shot and wonderful story 👍
January 14th, 2020  
...another winner, and great photograph.
January 14th, 2020  
A great image and wonderful story Issi especially hearing the bagpipes playing while you were at the grave!
January 14th, 2020  
I love this!
January 14th, 2020  
Great shot
January 14th, 2020  
Interesting side-story - it made me smile and that's always good !
January 14th, 2020  
Well done for escaping in time! I love the story of John Brown and Queen Victoria. Such a lovely tale and what a strength he was to her.
January 14th, 2020  
bep
Beautiful picture, and a wonderful story.
January 14th, 2020  
@casablanca Ah, you've spotted it already. Glad you did - I thought what she wrote about her friend was rather lovely.
January 14th, 2020  
@jamibann Yes, me too!
January 14th, 2020  
beautiful
January 14th, 2020  
Great shot and story.
January 14th, 2020  
I like your story. Sometimes we can get ourselves into some sticky situations. The photo has a very vintage look and is full of textures.
January 14th, 2020  
These tombstones look massive, I like your processing and story!
January 14th, 2020  
wonderful capture glad you were able to leave discreetly.
January 15th, 2020  
How interesting to see this grave.....I didn’t know he was buried in Crathie Kirk.
January 15th, 2020  
I love your processing, bringing out the textures and capturing the sense of age. Intriguing to be able to see his grave, having read about him and seen a movie.
January 16th, 2020  
This is an interesting record and story .
I believe one of my forbears was born in Craithie. Mary Abercrombie was her name.
February 1st, 2020  
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