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Story entitled 'Daoine Sith' about getting rid of the fairies, May 1874

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/133

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Daoine Sith' collected from Cairiseadar [Cairisiadar/Carishader, Eilean Leòdhais /Isle of Lewis] about a man who gets help from the fairies to build his house but then runs out of work for them. On the advice of an old man he suggests they make roof couples for each end of the house out of fiodhag (wild fig or wild cherry) but the fairies refuse. He then asks them to make rope the thickness of a thumb from clean sand to hold down the thatch and they fail to do this. The following morning the beach is left as if it has been ploughed from end to end and the fairies leave the man saying, 'Soraidh leat fein ach mile mallachd aig beul t ionnsuich.' [Farewell to you but a thousand curses on the man who taught you.]


  • Creation: May 1874

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 62 folios ; 23.5 x 19.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 32v, line 1 to folio 33r, line 20

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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