The Bogie of Alloway's Auld Haunted Kirk LbNA # 21168
|Placed Date||Apr 2 2006|
David Colbath, who married Elizabeth Hutchings, 1771, lived on top of the short steep hill near the old Pinkham mill, on the road to Dover. He was a blacksmith and after the death of his wife lived alone. He was found dead some distance from his house, one morning, with wounds that indicated murder, though no suspicion could ever be placed on any one for the deed. But it was always believed that a crime was committed, his condition when found could not otherwise be accounted for. The old house went to ruins where he lived; the old cellar still marks the spot. The superstitious of the time pointed it out, as they did “Alloway’s auld haunted kirk,” as a place where bogies dwelt. In passing by the place of evenings for many years after men would quicken their pace and cast quick, furtive glances to the right and left; women would scud like a boat before a gale; lovers would suppress even that low, soft tone and quicken step, while children would not go by at all.1
Recent construction on that hill has disturbed the long-quiet bogies. They know not how much time has passed and seek to haunt that ancient family further, for I found one lurking near the ruins of the homestead of Mr. Colbath’s mother-in-law just a short distance uphill from one of the archeological markers on her former grounds.
1Francis B. Greene, History of Boothbay, Southport, and Boothbay Harbor, Maine (Portland, Maine: Loring, Short & Harmon, 1906), p. 452.