Pupils at Tundergarth primary school, near Lockerbie, have been working on a local history project this term, exploring the story of the Corrie dragon that features on their school badge. Do you know the legend of the Corrie dragon?
Tundergarth Primary School
The Corrie Dragon Legend
"A dragon inhabited the old Churchyard of Corrie and caused havoc among the flocks. Several people had narrow escapes and several people had made attempts to kill it, but without success. Whenever it was attacked, the dragon ran to a well (which lies about 400m downhill from the churchyard). When the dragon drank the water from the well it was able to breathe fire. A man with the second name Johnstone volunteered to kill the dragon, with the hero having been promised the land of Corrie in return for slaying the monster. He tied his horse to the gate and went to cover the well with his coat. When Johnstone returned, the dragon had eaten his horse and began to run to the well to get his usual drink of water. However, as the well was covered, the dragon was unable to breathe fire and Johnstone managed to kill it. The employers of Johnstone reneged on the deal."
The pupils have been learning about using different textures to make an art piece stand out and imagining their own Corrie dragon
Click on the images below to see them at their best!
The Dragon Stone
In the Old Corrie churchyard there is an ancient grave stone, locally called the Dragon Stone. It is said that the man who killed the Corrie Dragon (Johnstone) is buried underneath the stone.
Do you know anyone named Johnstone?
The Johnstone clan were a powerful family of Border Reivers and established themselves in Annandale over 600 years ago. This stone carved with the crest of the Johnstones is on display within Dryfesdale Lodge Visitor's Centre.