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Story entitled 'An Caisteal a Meadhon a Chuain', c1862

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/1

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'An Caisteal a Meadhon a Chuain' [The Castle in the Middle of the Ocean] collected from Ruairidh Camshron [Roderick Cameron], Carbost on 14 November 1860 and Donull Camshron [Donald Cameron], also Carbost on 16 January 1861 and Donnachadh MacDhiarmaid, Fearan-an-letha (no date given) [Fearann an Leagha/Fernilea, both An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye]. 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. He goes to market to get the seven servants he needs. 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 from the castle in the middle of the ocean. Annotations and amendments have been made to the text in pencil.


  • Creation: c1862

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 183 folios ; 20 x 23.8cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 3r, line 1 to folio 6r, line 23

Related Materials

GB237 Coll-97/CW109/2, GB237 Coll-97/CW109/11, GB237 Coll-97/CW109/12, GB237 Coll-97/CW109/13 - all versions of this story from the same informant.

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