Maiden’s Leap – a Clan Ruthven Legend

Huntingtower also known as Ruthven Castle has a romantic tale to tell. The daughter of the first Earl of Gowrie called Dorothea is said to have leapt between the tops of the two towers of the castle, a staggering distance of 9 feet 4 inches. This was to stop her mother catching her in her lover’s chamber.

Her Mother had been sure that her daughter had disobeyed her and gone to his chamber, but was reassured to find her daughter in her own bed that night, and her lover alone in his, but was probably less impressed when the couple eloped the next day. To this day the gap between the towers is know as “The Maiden’s Leap”.


The Maidens Leap

The Maidens Leap


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I run with Rodger Moffet. Live in Edinburgh and love travelling around Scotland gathering stories.

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