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Story about a fairy woman trying to entrap a man, September 1872

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/135

Scope and Contents

Story about a fairy woman trying to entrap a man. The man is named as Lachlan ban mac Ruari Allasdair [Lachlan Bàn mac Ruaraidh Alasdair] and one night his three servants tried not to let him go to the fairy woman. He went away anyway and she begged him to marry her but he would not. The fairy tried to hypnotise him with a gold chain and every time he refused her she grabbed him around the waist. When the cock crowed she vanished. Lachlan went to Cape Breton [Canada] and died there ten years previously [c1862]. A fairy was heard singing a song beginning 'Mo cheist eir Lach[lan] mac Fion- Mac Lean' at Creag Mhòr Bealain [Barraigh/Isle of Barra] three years after Lachlan left.


  • Creation: September 1872

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 72 folios ; 12.7 x 20 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 56v, line 5 to folio 57r, line 7

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Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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