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Story entitled 'An t-Each Uisge' about a water-horse in Carishader, Lewis, 6 May 1874 and 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/147

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'An t-Each Uisge' collected from Iain Macleod, Bhaltos [Valtos, Eilean Leòdhais /Isle of Lewis]. The story concerns a family from Carasiatar [Cairisiadar/Carishader] who were bothered by a young water-horse, every time the husband was away from home. A wise man in the village told the husband to put on his wife's clothes and when the water-horse came to the house and asked who was in, the husband was to reply ' 'S mi-fein 's mi fein' ['Myself and myself']. This all happened and that night the water-horse got beaten up and went away crying. When the old water-horse asked who had done this to him, the young water-horse replied 'Mi fein s mi fein'. The old water-horse then said that if anyone did that to him again he would seek revenge.


  • Creation: 6 May 1874 and 1891

Language of Materials


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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 62 folios ; 23.5 x 19.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 41r, line 8 to folio 41v, line 6


MacPhail, Malcolm, 'Folkore from the Hebrides, IV', Folklore, vol. 8, no. 4 (1897), pp. 383-384

Repository Details

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