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Story about Coinneach nan Tarbh and the Luideag, 23 March 1871

 Item
Identifier: Coll-97/CW119/5

Scope and Contents

Tale concerning Coinneach nan Tarbh and the Luideag, probably told by John Pearson or John MacPherson, cottar, Ceann Tangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Barra. Coinneach caught the Luideag, the Barra equivalent of the Glaistig or Bean-nighidh, at a stream and would not release her until she promised to herd his cattle safely for a year and a day. She promised to do so, and for this time the cattle were herded by a white dog, whining, accompanied by an incessant lament. The cattle fold door would be found open in the morning and closed at night, although no-one was seen doing this. At the end of the next year, however, 'not one hoof was alive'. The text has been scored through in ink as if transcribed elsewhere.

Dates

  • 23 March 1871

Language of Materials

Gaelic,English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.

Extent

From the Series: 1 volume ; 17 x 20.5 cm

Physical Location

5.07

Physical Location

folio 20r, line 20 to folio 20v, line 23

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW119/7

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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