Greenmire: the Feart Place of Glenlivet
The Greenmire is by most the feart place in Glenlivet, lying between Tomnavoulin and Knockandhu at the side of the Cartach Burn. The burn has there cut a deep gorge in the soft formation, and flows along the bottom. No one knows when Greenmire first became a feart place and back in 1884 it is recorded that the oldest local inhabitant did not know the time when the Greenmire was not a feart place.
In 1868 a young girl of the district got a serious fright at the Greenmire. She died at the age of fifteen. The fright was sometimes spoken of as being the cause of her death, and it may indeed have hastened her end; but she was a delicate girl, and afflicted with consumption and apparently doomed to an early death. She could give no clear account of what it was that had frightened her. The only thing definitely ascertained was the spot it happened, on the old road at the top of the brae overlooking the Greenmire.
Others since then others have been all their life in "mortal terror" of the Greenmire. One man in particular, neither tender nor timorous, stood so much in awe of the Greenmire that he would on no account go past it or near it alone in the dark. He either got a friend to accompany him, or else he made a wide detour to one side or the other in order to avoid the Greenmire. To have to live near a place which they dreaded so much must have been a severe hardship to the folks.
The amazing thing in about the Greenmire is that no definite cause or reason can be attached to why it has been fearsomeness. There are no records of a tragedy or a killing in vicinity. So far as anyone knows no ghost or apparition, no supernatural light or sound was ever seen or heard there. But people asserted they were afraid, or that they were feart, and that the Greenmire is a fear't place.