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Story entitled 'Righ Eirinn', 21 January 1866

Identifier: Coll-97/CW104/9

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Righ Eirinn' [Rìgh Èirinn or The King of Ireland] collected from Donull Mac O Phi [Donald MacPhee], Iocar, Uist a Deas [Ìochdar, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]. The son of king is badly treated by his step-mother and nursemaid but a kindly old man takes pity on him. The old man gives him a feadan [chanter] which he uses to give his stepmother wind. She then asks her stepson to play chess which he wins and so she enchants him and he likewise puts his stepmother under an enchantment. The son then leaves on a long journey and eventually reaches a house. The son is given a meal by the man and his only daughter and spends the night in the house. During the night he takes off all his clothes and goes to the girl. She tells him to ask her father for a loan the speckled, brown whelp in the morning. The son does so and the man gives the whelp to him. He goes off in search of the hound with seven legs and is taken in by a king. He sleeps with the king's daughter and in the morning he goes in search of the hound, which the king warns him is accompanied by seven other hounds. The other seven hounds are slaughterd but the son's whelp kills the seven-legged hound but the next day it is alive again and the whelp tells him that the seven-legged hound is sleeping between the breasts of the kings daughter. The story is incomplete.


  • 21 January 1866

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 91 folios ; 20 x 16.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 32r, line 1 to folio 35r, line 7

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW432 - another version of this story. It would appear to be the original version or at least part of it, from which this one was transcribed.

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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