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THE BASS [Continued] here to omit to chronicle the well Known prophetic stanza attributed to Thomas the Rhymer, and which is found in a manuscript of Sir James Balfour, Lyon King at arms, in 1660. It runs:-
When Dee and Don both run in one,
And Tweed shall run in Tay,
Ye little river of Ury
Shall bear ye Bass away.
The prophecy was conceived to be in part fulfilled, when the waters of the Don, feeding the Canal, mingled with those of the Dee at Aberdeen; but if so, "time has run backward", and this part of the prophecy is again annulled. The venerable doggerel, if it has any meaning, is probably intended to prognonticate the permanency of the Bass, the date of whose origin is quite lost in the mists of antiquity, while it has already survived both canal and rail, both flood and flame, thus coming unscathed through the perils of "Time, war, flood and fire"
The Bass was at one time covered with wood. It has been cleared of trees, and in the centre there once stood a flagstaff, which was erected by the direction of the Earl of Kintore.
[Extracts from the early history of Kintore
It is thought by some that a Castle once stood on the summit of the Bass. The name Castle Yards the field in which the Bass stands, would warrant the supposition.

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Parish of Inverury

Transcriber's notes

Some of the words in the book fold are indecipherable.

'Prognonicate' - I think this should read 'prognosticate' [ to foretell'] but the document spelling looks definitely to be the former.

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