The Guynd: A Scottish Journal

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The GuyndBelinda Rathbone first met John in 1954, when she was too young and he was too old for them to take an interest in each other. But in 1990, she was 39, and he was 54, and they were the only single cousins at a family wedding. (The two shared a common cousin, but were not related themselves.) She lived in New York, and he lived in London, but he had recently inherited his ancestral home in Scotland, the Guynd, making him “the reluctant incumbent to a sadly run-down estate.” A few months later, Belinda found herself at the Guynd.

John fumbled with a collection of keys on a string and opened the heavy double doors, then the big front door. We entered a vast front hall. It smelled damp, the damp of stone walls and old carpets and I don’t know what else. Its far corners were rounded by…

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