Randolph's Leap from Logie Steading (Walkhighlands) by Louis Sanders Martin

Randolph's Leap from Logie Steading (Walkhighlands)

"This scenic beauty spot on the River Findhorn takes its name from a famous incident in local clan warfare. Unfortunately, the name is completely wrong! To find out why, we have to go back in time, to the 14th century, when the land on the west side of the river was owned by Thomas Randolph, the Earl of Moray.
The land on the east shore of the river was in the hands of Sir Alexander Cummings and his six sons. The Cummings family traditionally held the post of ranger of the Forst of Darnaway. This was a very lucrative position and brought with it no little wealth, as well as social standing.

However, the Cummings and Randolphs clashed, with disastrous consequences. For Randolph was the nephew of King Robert the Bruce, and the king sided with his relatives.

Earl Randolph told Cummings to stay away from Darnaway. Alexander, the eldest Cummings son, took great offence. He gathered together a force of men, perhaps as many as 100 strong, and advanced on Darnaway.

The Cummings men were ambushed, and forced to retreat. Alexander Cummings and three of his men found themselves backed up against the river. Fearing for their lives, the four men leapt across the chasm to the safety of the eastern shore.

So it was not, then, Randolph who leapt, but Cummings, so common sense would indicate that the location should be called Cumming's Leap. But logic and history have never been strong companions; Randolph's Leap it is and always will be!" - BritainExpress.com

Source: https://www.britainexpress.com/attractions.htm?attraction=5027