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Story entitled 'Airidh Mhuthair' about water-horses murdering young women, 1874 and 1891

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/149

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Airidh Mhuthair' [Àirigh Mhuthair] in which three girls are staying on Airidh Mhuthair when three water-horses dressed as three handsome men join them. In the dead of night, two of the water-horses kill two of the girls. The third girl runs away and is pursued by the third water-horse who curses her in verse, the curse beginning, 'Cha b'e an airi shubhach, Ach an airi dhudbhach dheurach'. Carmichael notes, writing in landscape, that the girl got away because she was fleet of foot and that the place is still called 'Muthar na(n) Nighean' or 'Muthar na(m) Maighdean'.

Dates

  • 1874 and 1891

Language of Materials

Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.

Extent

From the Series: 62 folios ; 23.5 x 19.5 cm

Physical Location

5.07

Physical Location

folio 42r, line 1 to folio 42r, line 14

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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