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Dundonald Castle    Donald Din, Donald Din,     Built his house without a pin. This little rhyme refers to Dundonald Castle, the ancient seat of King Robert II.  The castle was said to have been built by a man named Donald Din, and it was constructed entirely of stone, without any use of wood.  Amazing. But who was this Donald Din --- and how did he have the funds to build such a castle?  That was amazing, too. Donald Din was a builder and a poor man. He lived in a small village in Ayrshire in a small cottage near the main road.  He had a large cabbage patch but very little money. However, he had one great gift.  He was a dreamer, and more than that, he was a dreamer whose dreams came true. One night he dreamed that if he were to travel to London Bridge, he would hear about a great treasure.  He woke up and remembered the dream, but he dismissed it as foolishness and went back to sleep.  Again the same dream came.  If he went to London and stood under the bridge, he would hear about a great treasure.  Again, he awoke and remembered the dream.  And again, he dismissed it as foolishness.  But the same dream came to him a third time that night, and when he awoke in the morning, he decided that it was too much of a coincidence to dream the same dream thrice in one night.  So he decided to take action.  He gathered up a few provisions, wrapped himself in his plaid, and set off for London. Finally he arrived at London Bridge, and as the dream had instructed, he stood under the bridge and waited for the news of a treasure.  He waited for hours to no avail.  Finally a man who had been observing all this, crossed to the middle of the bridge, leaned over the parapet and called out to Donald Din.  “Hey, there.  You!  I have been watching you standing there all day.  You look like you’re waiting for something, but you’ve been standing out in the cold for hours.  What could you possibly be waiting for?” Donald Din was finally persuaded to tell the man of his dream.  “I had a dream three times that if I stood under the bridge, I’d have news of a great treasure.” The man exploded with laughter.  “Are you telling me that you have travelled all the way from Scotland and you have been standing under the bridge all day in the cold because of a dream???  That is nothing but foolishness , and you must be a fool.  Everyone has dreams, but they don’t act on them.  Why, just last week I had a dream that if  I went to a little town in Scotland and found a small house near the main road, a small house with a large cabbage patch, and if I dug in among the cabbages, I’d find a treasure.  But you don’t see me setting off on a fool’s errand, do you?  No.  I stay here and tend to my business.  You would be well advised to do the same.” Donald Din listened to the man and asked him a few questions.  He thanked the man for his advice, and said that he would be returning home.  But Donald Din didn’t tell the man that the small house with the large cabbage patch was his own small house in Scotland. So Donald Din went back to Scotland, to his little town, to his little house, to his large cabbage patch.  And he began to dig.  After many hours of digging --- and after destroying many cabbages --- he discovered a wooden treasure chest filled with ancient gold. Donald Din’s dream had come true.  He had traveled to London and there had heard of a great treasure.  Now the treasure was his.  He built the Dundonald Castle and had enough money to live well the rest of his life.   Marilyn McPhie www.marilynmcphie.com
San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of Clans (760)726-3691 / 619-884-2940 / 619-884-3157/ 760-505-5254 PO Box 3682, Vista, CA 92084 Email: sdshgchief@sbcglobal.net
Dundonald Castle
San Diego Scottish Highland Games Scottish Highland Games of San Diego
San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of Clans (760)726-3691 / 619-884-2940 / 619-884-3157/ 760-505-5254 Email: sdshgchief@sbcglobal.net PO Box 3682, Vista, CA 92084
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Dundonald Castle    Donald Din, Donald Din,     Built his house without a pin. This little rhyme refers to Dundonald Castle, the ancient seat of King Robert II.  The castle was said to have been built by a man named Donald Din, and it was constructed entirely of stone, without any use of wood.  Amazing. But who was this Donald Din --- and how did he have the funds to build such a castle?  That was amazing, too. Donald Din was a builder and a poor man. He lived in a small village in Ayrshire in a small cottage near the main road.  He had a large cabbage patch but very little money. However, he had one great gift.  He was a dreamer, and more than that, he was a dreamer whose dreams came true. One night he dreamed that if he were to travel to London Bridge, he would hear about a great treasure.  He woke up and remembered the dream, but he dismissed it as foolishness and went back to sleep.  Again the same dream came.  If he went to London and stood under the bridge, he would hear about a great treasure.  Again, he awoke and remembered the dream.  And again, he dismissed it as foolishness.  But the same dream came to him a third time that night, and when he awoke in the morning, he decided that it was too much of a coincidence to dream the same dream thrice in one night.  So he decided to take action.  He gathered up a few provisions, wrapped himself in his plaid, and set off for London. Finally he arrived at London Bridge, and as the dream had instructed, he stood under the bridge and waited for the news of a treasure.  He waited for hours to no avail.  Finally a man who had been observing all this, crossed to the middle of the bridge, leaned over the parapet and called out to Donald Din.  “Hey, there.  You!  I have been watching you standing there all day.  You look like you’re waiting for something, but you’ve been standing out in the cold for hours.  What could you possibly be waiting for?” Donald Din was finally persuaded to tell the man of his dream.  “I had a dream three times that if I stood under the bridge, I’d have news of a great treasure.” The man exploded with laughter.  “Are you telling me that you have travelled all the way from Scotland and you have been standing under the bridge all day in the cold because of a dream???  That is nothing but foolishness , and you must be a fool.  Everyone has dreams, but they don’t act on them.  Why, just last week I had a dream that if  I went to a little town in Scotland and found a small house near the main road, a small house with a large cabbage patch, and if I dug in among the cabbages, I’d find a treasure.  But you don’t see me setting off on a fool’s errand, do you?  No.  I stay here and tend to my business.  You would be well advised to do the same.” Donald Din listened to the man and asked him a few questions.  He thanked the man for his advice, and said that he would be returning home.  But Donald Din didn’t tell the man that the small house with the large cabbage patch was his own small house in Scotland. So Donald Din went back to Scotland, to his little town, to his little house, to his large cabbage patch.  And he began to dig.  After many hours of digging --- and after destroying many cabbages --- he discovered a wooden treasure chest filled with ancient gold. Donald Din’s dream had come true.  He had traveled to London and there had heard of a great treasure.  Now the treasure was his.  He built the Dundonald Castle and had enough money to live well the rest of his life.   Marilyn McPhie www.marilynmcphie.com
San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of Clans (760)726-3691 / 619-884-2940 / 619-884-3157/ 760-505-5254 Email: sdshgchief@sbcglobal.net PO Box 3682, Vista, CA 92084