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Note about the bird 'drollan' [petrel] and its connection with fishermen, 4 June 1887

Identifier: Coll-97/CW89/11

Scope and Contents

Note about the bird 'drollan' [petrel] and its connection with fishermen, containing a legend that the bird flew so high it caught the tail-feather of an eagle and boasted about it; that the sound they make is as loud as a bee hive and stating that a flock of petrels are 'alms' to fishermen. The birds are described as tearing out sticks and straws from their nests and moving them 50 feet up, carrying the young and the eggs. Fishermen noticed that four days after a storm the birds were still out at sea. Text has been scored through in pencil perhaps to indicate it has been transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: 4 June 1887

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 53 folios ; 17.2 x 10.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 4v, line 1 to folio 5r, line 7

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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