LOTHIAN named after a Pictish King
This is a tale recanted to us by a charming elderly lady.
(factual or not, a nice story.)
It is from Traprain Law near the town of Haddington the name of the Lothian Counties originated.
It is a story handed down through generations of Kingly wrath and revenge. It also displays elements of courage, determination and hope.
Around 518 A.D. Loth was one of the important Kings of the Picts who resided in the land near Traprian Law. Loth had an only daughter named Thenew who had fallen in love with a local shepherd. Loth was outraged at his daughters disregard for her higher rank and impropriety towards his station of King.
He was so infuriated by Thenew he had her condemned to death by the traditional means of being throw over the rocky edge of Traprain. This method ensured a certain death appropriate to the sentence and was visible proof of the deed being done. Thedew unexpectedly survived and her Kingly father commanded an other punitive punishment. It is said that a spring of clear water sprang form the spot she landed.
He had her set adrift in a coracle on the Firth of Forth hoping she would be drowned. In this frailest of crafts expected to fall asunder Thenew drifted on the tides of May ebbing, then drifted back on the incoming tide.
Finally she was cast ashore further up the Forth at Culross and found herself rescued by the St. Serf. Shepherd Monks.
Soon after she gave birth to a son the monks called Kentigern who became known as Chief Lord and The Lovable Man to the name he is known as today St. Mungo. He and other monks found a home at Molindinar situated on a green grassy bank land. The Beautiful Cathedral of St Mungo stands in the heartland of modern Glasgow. ( St Mungo is the Patron St of Glasgow.)
In time Princess Thenew’s name changed to suit the local dialects to Enoch. One of Glasgow’s Railway stations is named after her as St. Enoch.
At her place of birth and in the land of King Loth a hoard of valuable silver was discovered on Traprain Law centuries later on what was once an important Pict fort governed by King Loth that gave his name to the Lothian’s.
Some more pictures of the Lothians, and a poem.