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Story about a wife stolen by the fairies, 29 August 1883

 Item
Identifier: Coll-97/CW120/82

Scope and Contents

Story about a wife stolen by the fairies probably collected from Mary Carmichael, aged 71, Druimavuic, Glencreran [Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire]. In the story, the man, from Blar nan Laogh, Ach-nan-Con, Appin [Bàr nan Laogh, Achnacone, An Apainn, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire] drags his wife by the ankle through a fire and discovers, as he suspected, that the fairies had replaced her with the trunk of an oak tree 'black stoc daraich'. The story states that the fairies are keen to take women for their milk to feed the fairy children.

Dates

  • 29 August 1883

Language of Materials

English,Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.

Extent

From the Series: 1 notebook ; 17.5 x 10.8 cm

Physical Location

5.07

Physical Location

folio 28r, line 5 to folio 29r, line 10

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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