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Story about a snake, June 1887

Identifier: Coll-97/CW89/23

Scope and Contents

Story about a snake which tells how Donald [Currie], the grandfather of 'Fear Bhollsa na h-Uamh Moire' [Uamh Mhòr, Bolsa, Ìle/ Islay] knew that something was wrong with his cows' milk when he saw a serpent coiled on a hillock at the sheiling. The snake was the biggest he'd seen being about nine feet in length. Donald found two bullets in his gun and shot it dead. The story states that seven score [140] snakes were killed [on the island] the previous year [1876] and nine score [180] the year before that [1875] with an average of a hundred snakes being killed each year. Text has been scored through in pencil perhaps to indicate it has been transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: 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 7r, line 14 to folio 7v, line 15

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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