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Story and note about eels, 24 June 1887

Identifier: Coll-97/CW89/117

Scope and Contents

Story and note about eels collected from Ian Macaulay [John MacAulay], from Gearrloch [Geàrrloch, Ros is Cromba/Ross and Cromarty] but living in Edinburgh [Dùn Èideann]. The story tells how Ian's mother had lost her loinid [churn-staff] and it was discovered in a well, which was 'alive with eels...All wriggling in the most extrao[rdinary] manner + their tails tied togeth[er] in the twisted or plaited rope.' Notes that eels breed in the sea but he never saw any roe in those that he fished adding that they were whiter eels. Lastly, MacAulay states that 'Of old [eels] not eaten in Gearrloch. They are now.' Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: 24 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 24v, line 11 to folio 25r, line 11

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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