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Story about a Bean Nithidh [washerwoman], January 1871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/158

Scope and Contents

Story about a man in Sgir Mhiongais in Skye, possibly Ruandunain [Minginis/Minginish, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye], who met a bean-nighe [washer-woman] who gave him a gri'eagag [griogag or bead] and told him that as long as he kept it he would be happy. This happened but one day his brother put on his vest for church and discovered the griogag sewn into the vest. He looked at it losely then raised it up but when he lowered his hand it had disappeared. It was never found and the man who was given it began to encounter disaster and misfortune. He fell ill and on his deathbed told his brother about the griogag. His brother told this story to George Stoddart, sheep manager at Newton, North Uist [Uibhist a Tuath].


  • January 1871

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 64 folios ; 19.5 x 23 cm