John Buchanan became proprietor of Arnprior, and
afterwards the noted " King of Kippen" a phrase
which originated in the whimsical episode between himself and James V.,
who, it may be explained was fond of travelling in disguise under the
title of "The Guid Man o' Ballengeich", after the steep path leading
down from the Castle of Stirling.
story has been variously put. It is shortly this --The King, with his
nobles, were residing in Stirling Castle, and having sent a party for
some deer to the hills in the neighbourhood of Gartmore, on their
return to Stirling with the venison they passed through Arnprior, where
they were attacked by the chief, and relieved of their burden. On
expostulating with Buchanan for so ruthlessly taking from them what
belonged to the King, Buchanan replied that if James was King in
Scotland, he was King of Kippen.
messengers reporting the circumstance to the King, he, relishing a
joke, resolved to wait on his neighbouring majesty of Kippen, and rode
out one day with a small retinue from Stirling. Demanding admittance at
the palace of Arnprior, he was refused by a fierce-looking warrior
standing at the gate with a battle-axe sloped on his shoulder, who told
him there was no admission, as his chief was at dinner with a large
company, and could not be disturbed at that time.
Tell your master," said James, "the Guidman of
Ballengeich' humbly requests an audience of the Kingof Kippen."
Buchanan, guessing the quality of his guest,
received His Majesty with the appropriate honours, and became so great
a favourite that he had leave to draw upon the carrier as often as he
pleased, and was invited, as "King of Kippen" to visit his brother
sovereign at Stirling.