Makeover for Strichen's White Horse

The volunteers get ready to ascend Mormond Hill for the clean-up for the famous white horse.
The volunteers get ready to ascend Mormond Hill for the clean-up for the famous white horse.

A party of 25 volunteers took the rickety ride on the back of a tractor and trailer up Mormond Hill on Saturday, July 23, to begin a day's maintenance and cleaning of the famous White Horse.

Councilor Len Perry, who organised the clean-up, has expressed thanks to Mr Meredith of Tarwathie Farm (Strichen) for access to Mormond Hill to enable the volunteer party which included a group from Community Payback,to carry out the clean.

The famous White Horse on Mormond Hill.

The famous White Horse on Mormond Hill.

Cllr Pirie said: “I would like to thank the volunteers for giving up their time and all their hard work on Saturday in giving the White Horse a long overdue facelift.

"I would like to see an annual maintenance program carried out to preserve the White Horse for future generations”

Thanks were also extended to Hannah and Keith from the Mormond Inn for providing the barbecue and gas for the day as well as award-winning local butcher Bert Fowlies who generously donated burgers and sausages for the much-needed break time barbecue.

Thanks also went to Colaren for supplying gloves, William Taylor for the use of the tractor and trailer as well as Grants of Skillymarno Farm for preparation for the clean-up.

One local resident said: “This is a great example of fantastic community team work pulling together to ensure that this unique example of Scottish North East History remains intact."

Strichen's famous white horse is made from white quartz placed into position to make the shape.

The exact date of construction is unknown, but is around the late 1790s.

The most widely accepted story for its origin is that the horse was cut by a Captain Fraser, whose horse was shot from under him in a Dutch battle in 1794. A sergeant Henderson, who offered him his own horse, was shot dead in the process. Upon his return Captain Fraser cut the horse as a memorial to the sergeant.