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Not to be confused with Lundy
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Lundie Kirk
Grid reference: NO291365
Location: 56°30’55"N, 3°9’14"W
Post town: Dundee
Postcode: DD2
Dialling code: 01382
Local Government
Council: Angus
Dundee West

Lundie is a parish and small hamlet in Angus, 10 miles northwest of Dundee. It stands at the head of the Dighty valley in the Sidlaw Hills, off the A923 Dundee to Coupar Angus road.

The name Lundie probably derives from the Gaelic "lunnd" or "lunndann", meaning "little marsh", although "lon dubh" ("black marsh" or even "linn dei" (water of God") have also been proposed.[1]

Lundie is surrounded by several small lochs, whose size has been reduced in recent times by agricultural drainage, hence largely draining the eponymous marshes. Dorward states that in 1203 Walter of Lundie gave 20 acres of land to the prior and canons of St Andrews.[1] Lundie Castle, now just a few stones, was probably built in the sixteenth century on a hill to the east. The population of Lundie has declined from 448 in 1841 to under a hundred now; the shops and alehouses closed some time ago, the fairs are no longer held, and the school was closed in 1967.[1]

Lundie is notable for being the burial place of Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan. The churchyard of Lundie church contains an Abraham and Isaac stone.[2] Although the church is an ancient foundation, it was drastically restored in 1847. Nearby Lundie Crags (353 m, OS reference NO 282 378) are a popular walking destination.

Sir James the Rose

Sir James the Rose was supposedly killed on a grassy bank near Lundie Craigs.[3]

'Sir James the Rose' is an old ballad, published by Child as Child ballad 213, and published also as a broadside ballad. The broadside opens with the account of Sir James the Rose's love for a lady named Matilda, how her family tried to marry her off, and how he killed her brother for spying on them. Child's version merely opens with the news that Sir James the Rose killed a squire and asked his lover to hide him.

In both versions, the woman tells him where to spend the night and eventually betrays him to those seeking to avenge the death. James is killed, and she, full of remorse for her deed, dies of grief.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dorward, David (2004). The Sidlaw Hills. Pinkfoot Press. 
  2. Willsher, Betty (2005). Understanding Scottish graveyards. Council for Scottish Archaeology. 
  3. Fleming, Maurice (2000). The Sidlaws: Tales, traditions and ballads.. Mercat Press.