Ben Rinnes was once known locally as Babbie’s Moss. ‘Babbie’ was a local lass, one Barbara McIntosh who, in the 1750’s lived nearby at Rhinachat Farm, a couple of miles from Aberlour. Sadly, Barbara took her own life after her husband left her. She apparently hanged herself on a tree close to Ben Rinnes. As a suicide Barbara couldn’t be buried in consecrated ground. The summit of Ben Rinnes was chosen as her final resting place and her grave was dug at a spot known then as the Three Lairds Boundaries. Apparently, the weather was horrendous as the burial party struggled up the hill but Barbara was buried in a shallow grave. A cairn was built over the grave and she lay in peace until the middle of the following century.

Tradition tells us that a number of Aberlour loons had doubts about the weird story surrounding the Moss of Babbie and decided to see for themselves the so-called grave of Barbara McIntosh. It was September 1855 when the lads clambered up the hill with their picks and spades and high hopes of putting an end to all the granny tales of yesteryear. They delved into the mossy soil till they came upon a coffin. That first ring of steel on wood sent a shudder up their spines; was Granny right after all? There was only one way to find out. Wielding their spades in a frenzy they cleared the battered coffin & prised it open to find the corpse of a woman, still remarkably fresh, with most of the features & hair intact. Had it not been for a spade piercing the coffin the face of Barbara would have been remarkably distinct. Her petticoats & shawl were in perfect condition & the colours of the tartan plaid they had wrapped her body in all those years ago was as bright as they day it fell off the loom.

The body was re-buried in its lonely grave until another generation with the same doubts disturbed the soil twenty years later. Nothing had changed but the ghoulish deed didn’t go unnoticed by the local constabulary this time and the 19th century vandals were severely reprimanded. After consultations between the ‘Captain’ of the Banffshire Police and local Authorities a Christian burial was arranged for Barbara in the old graveyard at Aberlour.