Thursday, 15 October 2020

The Cout of Kielder


Not far beyond the entrance gate to the chapel enclosure at Hermitage Castle, between the wall and the bank of the Hermitage Water, is a slightly raised mound, the grave of the "Cout of Keilder", an English nobleman, said to be a giant of a man who wore impenetrable armour. Legend has it that he terrorised the area until invited to dine by Nicholas de Soules at his hunting lodge here. The "Count of Keilder" was invulnerable to physical attack, but de Soulis' retainers set on him while he was crossing the Hermitage Water and the weight of his armour meant that he drowned.

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