The Legend of Brigadoon

In my quest for Scottish lore and Kelley’s reminder of February Brigadoon… I have been learning about the Legend of Brigadoon.

Definition of BRIGADOON from Websters
:a place that is idyllic, unaffected by time, or remote from reality

The Legend: The legend of Brigadoon is the story of a mythical village in the Scottish Highlands.  The village became enchanted centuries ago remaining unchanged and invisible to the outside world except for one special day every hundred years when it could be seen and even visited by outsiders.   This enchanted day is spent in joy and celebration. Those who happen upon Brigadoon may remain in this beguiling place only if they love another enough to give up the world outside.

Visitors were even allowed to stay but if anyone left the village during the enchanted day,  then the miracle would be broken and it would mean the end for them all!

The most common portrayal of the legend was the1947 Broadway musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Fredrick Loewe. The story involves two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village which appears for only one day every hundred years. Tommy, one of the tourists, falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from Brigadoon.  A 1954 film version starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. A 1966 television version starred Robert Goulet and Peter Falk. 

The story behind the name of Brigadoon is a bit complex. Some people believe that the musical was named for Brigid, a Celtic goddess. Others suggest that it is named for Brig o’ Doon, a famous Scottish landmark which is referenced in a Robert Burns poem. It may also be a compound of the Celtic words briga, for “town” and dun, for “fortifications,” suggesting a fortified or sheltered town. There are Brigadoon Architecture styles and Piper songs and so many web sites my Google fingers are having a Ball.

Brigadoon at Glenlaurel will become an annual event in February the Month of Love…

One Enchaining Day February 22nd, which seems to be the most popular day of visibility for the Village and for Celebrations around Scotland. Enchantment and Romance from the moment you happen upon the roof tops of Glenlaurel as they emerge from the mist… Let your fairy unfold.