Skip to main content

Note entitled 'Bittern', 17 March 1874

Identifier: Coll-97/CW111/77

Scope and Contents

Note entitled 'Bittern' describing a bittern found in a gravel pit 'within a gun shot of Flora MacDonald's house'. It 'fou[gh]t like a buck + squealed like a pig' and the 'ruff about [its] neck stood out as a lady said like an Eliza[bethan] collar'. The bird was deemed to be unlucky and an evil omen and so by the next day it had been eaten by the cats. The same kind of bird was said to have been shot in the same place some years before and also at Bailanloin [Baile Lòin/Balelone, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist]


  • 17 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

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 17r, line 18 to folio 17v, line 7

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
+44(0)131 650 8379