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Story entitled 'An Tuanach agus a sheachnar Ghillean', 1860 to 1861

Identifier: Coll-97/CW109/2

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'An Tuanach agus a sheachnar Ghillean' [similar to folktales of 'The Extraordinary Companion'] collected from Ruaridh Camshron [Roderick Cameron], Carbost [Càrabost, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye] on 14 November 1860. The story tells of how a farmer went out hunting and on growing weary lay down to sleep. On waking up he found the heather growing all around him and his dogs dead. When he arrived home, his son who was a baby when he left had grown up and all his servants had left as they thought he would never return so he went to market to get the seven servants he needed. Each man he encounters he asks what they can do and each one has a particular attribute which is applied to their name: 'Streapaich mac Shaoilm', 'Fiamh Mac an Fhiamhlaidh', 'Saor san bhuill ', 'Stuiraiche an aona ghaoistean', 'Fiosaich Mac Faidh', 'Fear charis na h-aon sul' and 'Neart na h-urachrach'. The farmer is very happy with his new servants and when the king, whose children have all been kidnapped by a beast, asks for help to protect the baby the queen is expecting, the farmer offers his servants. Each of the servants uses their special gift to kill the beast and rescue the children and are well-rewarded by the king. The text has been scored through in ink.


  • Creation: 1860 to 1861

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Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 3 notebooks of 80 folios ; 21 x 25 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 4r, line 1 to folio 5v, line 35

Related Materials

GB237 Coll-97/CW109/11, GB237 Coll-97/CW109/12, GB237 Coll-97/CW109/13

Coll-97/CW112/1 - a copy of this story from the same informant.

Repository Details

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