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

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.


  • 23 March 1871

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From the Series: 1 volume ; 17 x 20.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

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

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