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Story entitled 'Caileach Ghlinn Dorcha', 29 January 1875

Identifier: Coll-97/CW106/126

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Caileach Ghlinn Dorcha' probably collected from John MacInnes, aged 70 years, Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist. The story tells how a man met an old woman who called herself 'Cailleach a' Ghlinn Dorcha'. When he asked her how old she was she replied that she was so old she could remember when there nut trees in Bornish [Bornais] and after further conversation she vanished. Carmichael notes that nuts and tree roots are found in Bornish and also that nuts are found on gravel under thick moss at Clachan Ceann an Toirbeart. As an addendum to the story MacInnes states that he 'saw a sìthein [fairy hill] open & light in it at Geary nan curran Sithein Cui nan Stuidh [Gearraidh nan Curran, Sìthein Cuidhe nan Stuidh, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist]. Two others and myself would give an oath upon this.' He also says that horse ploughs were stolen from there.


  • Creation: 29 January 1875

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 117 folios ; 20 x 16.5 cm