Taming the beastie of Letham Glen

Medieval Methil members at the Haggis Hunt festival on May 12 in Letham Glen, Leven
Medieval Methil members at the Haggis Hunt festival on May 12 in Letham Glen, Leven

THEY infested a beloved Leven beauty spot in large numbers at the weekend, prompting fears on Sunday of a not-so-Glorious Twelfth.

But local families visiting Letham Glen helped keep the great marauding ‘Haggis invasion’ at bay.

Once again, the Great Haggis of the Glens were sent homewards and their plans to dominate the Kingdom thwarted – for another year at least.

Simple naming and identification by visitors to the great Haggis Hunt was all it took to render the haggis harmless.

The occasion was the second annual haggis-spotting event, staged by Medieval Methil, the well-known local enthusiasts of history from the Middle Ages.

According to legend – possibly apocryphal – the Kingdom of Fife in ancient times was overwhelmed by the Great Haggis of the Glens, who devastated the land and ate everything in sight.

On or around May 12 comes the threat that the infestation may be repeated – and only identification by young visitors can stop it.

Twenty of the little creatures were concealed randomly about the Glen on Sunday, with a nest of baby haggis in the Craft Centre.

Each had a name and a number, and visitors could earn a prize by writing them down, as well as identifying how many were boys, how many were girls, and thinking of names for the babies.

The weather stayed dry for most of the day and the historical devotees were pleased with the turnout of visitors.

The ‘legend’ is also recounted in greater detail in a story by Medieval Methil member Ann Donaldson, set during the reign of High King Fergus and entitled ‘The Epic Tale of the Great Haggis Massacre of the Glorious 12th May’.

Medieval Methil’s focus has been very much on living histtory and recreating the past sicne it was formed in 2000.

The group holds regular feasts and meetings and has also become well known for its yearly weeked festival, featuring displays of crafts and fighting, stalls sellingMedieval-style replica goods and crafts, and a lot more.

The enthusiasts also attend historical events and galas, as well as giving presentations to clubs, groups and schools.

More can be found on its website at www.medievalmethil.co.uk.

Pictured front, from left, are Gordon Taylor and, displaying the Haggis, Colin Kirk. Back, from left, Ann Donaldson, Gary Kirk, Kate Phinn, Margaret Hunter, Lynne Hastie and Arthur Pike. Not pictured is Jackie Kirk.