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Story entitled 'Airidh Neill' about a water-horse at Airidh Neill and Neill's dogs, 1874 and 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/151

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Airidh Neill' about a water-horse which arrives at Airidh Neill nam Beann [Àirigh Nèill] nam Beann disguised as a woman. The dog senses it is a water-horse and begins to snarl. The water-horse asks Niall to tie up his dogs but Niall refuses. He throws the water-horse some meat, which it eats in one go. Eventually the dog is let out and is unharmed but when the bitch is let out it kills the water-horse and the water-horse turns into a big white mare on the shore. Niall tied his son to it all night to get rid of his fear. Another time, the water-horse comes disguised as a mermaid called Mor and asks to stay the night. Niall replies with a verse beginning, 'A Mhorag sin s a Mhorag, Cha mhor is fearr de na mnai' and accepts her.


  • 1874 and 1891

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 62 folios ; 23.5 x 19.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 43r, line 1 to folio 43v, line 5

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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