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Story about the prophecy of a young man's death, 1901

Identifier: Coll-97/CW110/89

Scope and Contents

Story about the prophecy of a young man's death probably collected on Barraigh/Isle of Barra. The young man and his father were out on the hill when a little old man met them. He said that within a year the young man would have 'am foid tha fo chas na cluasaig fo chean' [the sod under his feet as a pillow for his head] and disappeared. The father cut the sod that was beneath his son's feet and threw it out to sea. In the summer, the son was swimming with friends in the sea at Airdbhuridh [possibly Àird Mhurain] and they were goading each other about who was the best swimmer and who could stay underwater. The son never surfaced and his body was recovered eight days later with the sod under his head as a pillow. Text has been scored through.


  • 1901

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 122 folios ; 16.5 cm x 21 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 22r, line 16 to folio 23r, line 13

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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