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Story entitled 'Mac Dhearg', 29 January 1875

Identifier: Coll-97/CW106/121

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Mac Dhearg' [Muc Dhearg] collected from Iain Macinnes [John MacInnes], aged 70 years, Staoligeary [Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]. The story tells of a woman in Howgearry [Hogha Gearraidh/Hougharry, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] whose child is replaced by a changeling and all he will say is ''muc dhearg muc dhearg'. MacIlleMhoire sends the woman and child to MacMhuirich Mòr in Stilligarry who manages to change the child back by repeating 'Muc dhearg' back at it while brandishing a sword. MacMhuirich advises the woman to always take an 'eileag ghuail' [èilbheag ghuail or warm coal] with her to ensure that the child is not changed, a practice which is continued by women.


  • 29 January 1875

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 117 folios ; 20 x 16.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 44v, line 16 to folio 46v, line 11


Black, Ronald (ed.), The Gaelic Otherworld (Edinburgh, 2005), pp. 48-49.
MacLellan, Angus, MacMhuirich, am Boireannach, agus am Bodach-sìthe:

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