Reblogged from Mountains, Myths and Moorlands:
The Reverend Robert Kirk was a strange fellow. He was a native of Aberfoyle, born in the manse in 1644, the seventh son of Reverend James Kirk. Despite having an extremely poor upbringing, against all odds he excelled himself and managed to get a place at a local school. He progressed well, attending the University at Edinburgh and eventually graduating with a Master of Arts degree. Kirk became minister of Balquhidder in 1664, and later of Aberfoyle, from 1685 until his death In 1692.
Despite Kirk being a Minister of the cloth, and a strict interpretation of the Christian faith had made its force felt in every corner of the nation, he also believed implicity in fairies…
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