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Story entitled 'Loch Utramal', March 1874

Identifier: Coll-97/CW111/73

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Loch Utramal' [Loch Udromuil Na Hearadh/Isle of Harris] collected from John Morrison, ground officer, describing it as a large lake near Airdsleave [Àird Shlèibhe] where his father told him that during hard frost thick ice on the loch was broken right through and a pathway made from shore to island noting that it 'must have been made by animal 40 y[ea]rs ago'. The story also tells how a woman saw a strange looking animal moving among her cattle one morning, the animal was seen by others too and is described as '[with] grey long hair longer than a cow's ab[ou]t [the] size of a foal or 1 y[ea]r colt. Round hoof like a horse with a spin down into ground behind hoof.' Any time the animal has been seen, it has been around Loch Udromuil, which is the largest lake in Harris except for Loch Langabhat.


  • Creation: March 1874

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 93 folios ; 20.5 x 13.2 cm