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Note entitled 'Maidean Mhara', 12 September 1890

Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/1

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Note entitled 'Maidean Mhara [Maighdean Mhara or Mermaid] collected from Duncan Maclellan [Duncan MacLellan], Carnan, Iocar S Uist [Ìochdar, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] on 12 September 1890 describing a mermaid he had seen with 'Hair like the roinneach mhara & skin like the trosg [cod-fish]: all above waist appeared'. He said she appeared for about fifteen minutes and when Carmichael returned to Carnan, the people there said that this was not a rare occurrence. MacLellan had seen the mermaid when going to Glasgow and there had been another four men with him. On another occasion, MacLellan saw a mermaid accompanying a boat from Loch Suainart to Bay na Fala [Loch Sunart, and Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula] with her nose to the stern of the boat. He threw a prat at her nose and 'she sank quickly down throwing up air bubble[s] tossing the boat about - from 70 to 80 feet long.' Text has been scored through in pencil as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • 12 September 1890

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From the Series: 114 folios ; 14 x 20 cm

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Physical Location

folio 1r, line 1 to folio 1r, line 25

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