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Story about the 'bean chaol chota uaine' [thin [fairy] woman in the green coat], September 1872

Identifier: Coll-97/CW106/89

Scope and Contents

Story about the 'bean chaol chota uaine' [thin [fairy] woman in the green coat] collected in Uibhist a Deas/South Uist telling how two men were working in a field near the fairy hill and began to feel thirsty. One of them said they wished they could have a drink of what the woman was drinking. She offered the drink to him but he refused and she said '...galar an te chuir a chìr Chiad-aoine na ceann orst', essentially saying that whoever asked for her drink but would not accept it would be cursed. She offered her drink to the other man and he accepted and she said that whoever did not ask for the drink but accepted it would find good fortune.


  • September 1872

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 117 folios ; 20 x 16.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 23v, line 1 to folio 23v, line 15


MacPhail, Malcolm, 'Folklore from the Hebrides II', Folklore, vol. 8, no. 4 (1897), pp. 380-386

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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