|Pelgrim van der Leede|
|The Castle Pelgrim had built in Leerdam, by Abraham Rademaker (1676 - 1735)|
|Also Known As||Pelegrinus van der Leede|
How Sir Pelgrim Lost His SoulEdit
Sir Pelgrim realized all too well what the terms of his contract entailed, so he forbade his men from owning any black horses and even fired his moors. On a fateful night, he and his men pulled north across the Lek river to plunder in the stift of Utrecht. After plundering a church and setting it on fire, a brave bell-ringer sounded the alarm and notified surrounding villages. The alarm was picked up and passed onto other villages, until the message arrived miles away to the bishop of Utrecht. He equipped himself with mail and a banner of Sint Maarten and wasting no time, he gathered an army to stride out for the red-lit horizon where many fight-savvy farmers tagged along the way. Sir Pelgrim and his men were just getting ready to pull their loot-filled boat off the shore towards Beuzichem when the bishop and his legion arrived. They watched on from afar as Pelgrim made his escape, but then it happened. Some say it came from the depths of the river, others say it caught up with the horde until it strode right in front of them: A black horse with red glowing eyes made a fantastic leap into their boat, causing it to slope and catch water. The men aboard were heavily clad with armor and weapons and watched on as their boat could not be saved from sinking. Everyone drowned, including sir Pelgrim who latched onto the horse for just a second but could not hold on and finally found his watery grave along with the rest of his men.
The Haunting of Sir PelgrimEdit
Rumors of sir Pelgrim's haunting suggest that the old castle was not torn down within his lifetime and was instead inherited by the Arckel family. Priests have attempted to cleanse the castle with prayers and holy water but it appears sir Pelgrim continued to come back even after the castle was torn down. Floating among the rush plants, he briefly appeared as a wandering light before disappearing.
Rumors of the sunken loot have spawned stories of people trying to find it. One tale speaks of a man who dug all day to finally stumbled upon a treasure box but at that very moment got bit by a huge rat and found himself surrounded by rodents. He managed to escape to his accommodation in Gorinchem where he died later of gas gangrene.
- ↑ http://www.historischeverenigingleerdam.nl/het-kasteel-aan-het-recht-van-ter-leede_150.html
- ↑ Jacobus Kok: Vaderlandsch Woordenboek - Deel VI (2de Druk)
- ↑ J. van Lennep: Nederlandsche Legenden In Rijm Gebracht - Het Huis Ter Leede / Adegild (2de Druk)
- ↑ http://www.absolutefacts.nl/kastelen/data/leedeter.htm
- ↑ Jacques R.W. Sinninghe: Nederlands Sagenboek
- ↑ https://archive.org/stream/geschiedenisderc01haar/geschiedenisderc01haar_djvu.txt