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Story entitled 'Fionladh Mac na Bantraich', c1861

Identifier: Coll-97/CW109/27

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Fionladh Mac na Bantraich' noted as being 'From the "Journal"', collected from Donnshul Mac Cuiein [Donald MacQueen], Fearan na letha who learned it from the miller at Talamh Sgeir [Fearann an Leagha/Fernilea and Talaisgeir/Talisker, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye]. The story tells how one of three brothers, the sons of Fionladh mac na Bantraich, set off to find his fortune and arrived at the palace of 'Righ Torra-fo-Thuin'. The king's daughter fell in love with him and wanted to marry him but he said that they could not marry because he was only a poor man. She went to her father and said that he was a prince from far away and that if she did not marry him she would die. The king allowed them to marry and they had a large family and lived happily. When the king died the kingdom passed to them. The country in which Fionladh mac na Bantraich was living with the rest of his family fell foul of disease and Fionladh and his wife both died. His two sons set out to seek help from Righ Torra-fo-Thuin [The King Below the Waves]. On arriving they were met by their brother who recognised them and quizzed them about where they were from and who they were. The brothers could hardly believe it when he told them who he was and he insisted that they and their families move to his kingdom, which they did and they all lived happily.


  • Creation: c1861

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


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

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 59r, line 1 to folio 59v, line 31


Carmichael, A. A. , ‘Fionnladh Choinneachain, Mac na Bantraich’, Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, vol. V (1875–1876), pp. 19–37.

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